Dash is wandering the shelves at the famous Strand bookstore in New York City when he comes across a mysterious red notebook. The notebook has a set of clues that lead him on a scavenger hunt throughout the store. Thus begins a fun game among two teenagers – strangers to each other yet sharing more personal thoughts than they had ever shared before to anyone else. A kinship develops as they get to know each other through their notebook messages left throughout the city for the other to find.
I absolutely love New York and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is an ode to this bustling city filled with both popular and lesser-known sites. Told in alternating points of view, starting with the days leading up to Christmas, the reader is taken on a tour of the city through the eyes of these two new friends. I did find the narrative to be a bit juvenile at times, so it was all the more startling when the f-bomb got dropped in a couple instances. Also, another slight tidbit I found a bit odd was the mention of Boxing Day. Considering the number of times I have been asked by my American friends what Boxing Day was, I was surprised to see one of the characters mention it – let alone wanting to celebrate it!
Setting that aside however, this book was quite the entertaining read. Taking place in the span of 10 days leading up to New Year’s, it’s the perfect quick read for the holiday season!