I have to give all thanks for this book to Trisha over at Yellow, Green and Read All Over. She was reading it for the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon and recommended it to me, and I’m very glad she did. I have not read any of the Cohn, Levithan books before, but I do have Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist on DVD (yes, I know shocking). The tale of holiday crossed teens was a very fun read. The world building was very well done and the pacing was great with a chapter a day alternating between the two leads. Dash is the Scrooge-ish loather of all things Christmas and Lily is the person who organizes the neighborhood caroling. The supporting cast was perfection; overprotective family members, ridiculous friends and even a shout out to Fistful of Assholes made for a great time. I also enjoyed how Dash was described as snarly and everyone knew who was being talked about. The only detraction for me was a ridiculous (and not in a good way) plot line involving a park, a dog and a baby. It was very hokey and I felt it pulled the story down. Aside from that, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares was a sweet holiday read that I really enjoyed.
Favorite lines – “I mean, what if love isn’t a yes-or-no question? It’s not either you’re in love or you’re not. I mean, aren’t there different levels? And maybe these things, like words and expectations and whatever, don’t go on top of the love. Maybe it’s like a map, and they all have their own place, and then when you see it from the sky—whoa.”
Biggest cliché – “I am way too cool to like something as mainstream as Christmas.”