Humorous, snarky, and smart, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is a fun holiday adventure. Witty banter, rich vocabulary, and insightful musings that begin in a red notebook that Dash and Lily trade back and forth spark a romantic connection between the two that is refreshingly pleasant to read. Teens are largely unsupervised and have the run of New York City. Divorce is central to the story - a bitter custody battle, remarriage, and parents who do not speak are mentioned. Main character Lily's college-aged brother is gay and is often in bed with his boyfriend, but sex is only implied. Kissing takes place and there are only mild references to sexual situations. Language is graphic though not terribly frequent and underage drinking occurs on one occasion, which Lily regrets deeply upon sobering up. Even though parents are absent, extended family is supportive and entertaining. This book is probably better suited to those slightly older than the publisher's recommended age of twelve and up, and will be thoroughly enjoyed by those who like an intelligent romantic comedy.