“Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?”
I liked the book.
Oh, you want me to expound?
When I first started reading Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, I thought it was horribly pretentious. What with the big words and the devil-may-care attitude protagonist Dash employs in the first chapter. Then I got to the second chapter where we met Lily—the girl who is completely opposite Dash in every way. And because of this, suddenly, I want Dash and Lily to meet—just so Dash could be brought down a peg or two.
Seriously, I was rooting for the two characters not to fall in love. I just want Dash to be disappointed just as I was at opening the book. But somewhere along the way, I started falling in love with the character of Lily—the girl who hopes and believes in everyday miracles; the girl who, when she gets mad, would go out of her house to greet dogs and buy candies for the homeless.
And as I was falling in love with Lily, so was Dash. I mean, he was already in love with the idea of her from the start of the story. But he was also falling in love with the girl between the pages, without the added information I was getting through Lily’s chapters. That’s when I gave Dash a second chance at making me like him as a character.
Truth be told, if it hadn’t been for the extremely likable Lily, I would have dropped the book. Or slogged through writing this blog post at least. But I ended up loving Lily, and grew to like Dash as well because of her. So now I’m spreading the goodwill about the book to anyone who wants to read it.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares isn’t just about falling in love; it’s about second chances and accepting people for who they really are—and not for who you wish they were. And in our world full of imperfect strangers and impossible ideals, shouldn’t we learn how to be more willing to give second chances?
Let Dash and Lily take you along their adventure, and their realization through Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.