Title: Dash & Lily Duology
Authors: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: 2010 & 2016
Pages: 260 & 215
My Rating: 3.5 & 3 stars
Synopsis: Dash finds a notebook with a sort of scavenger hunt, that sends him to places, in order to converse in the notebook and pass it back and forth with an unknown girl. Lily’s brothers set up the notebook for her to find a guy that could possibly end up true love. Who knew they’d actually hit it off! Then, a year into their relationship they hit a rocky patch. Lily’s grandfather is having health issues, and she helps take care of him, not matter what it does to her relationships with friends, family, and Dash.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the first book, the first time I read it, a couple years ago. I think I originally rated it 4 stars. Upon this reread, I moved it down to 3.5. I still enjoyed it, but Lily felt a bit more juvenile than her age of 16. I love the notebook scavenger hunt, it’s so cute the process they go through to get to know each other. I didn’t enjoy the second book of this duology as much. I felt it a little unrealistic. I understand a grandchild may be sad when the prospect of losing their grandparent looms, but once he gets a bit better, I feel like it’s unrealistic that she’d still be so completely upset by that. Most of this book, Lily is depressed, which making the experience of reading the book just that much more not fun. Again, I felt Lily did not “act” her age.