“Dare to fall in love.” AHHHHHH!!!
The year is 2010. I am a high school lass who’s obsessed with teen romance novels and not much else. Fast-forward to a decade later, and not much has changed, aside from my age. Needless to say, when Netflix dropped the trailer for its newest teen romance with a holiday twist, Dash & Lily, sleigh bells started a-ringing!
The series is based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s YA novel Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, which I read and reread in my teen years.
The series follows the titular Lily (Midori Francis), who leaves a cherry-red notebook in the shelves of her favorite bookstore — the Strand in New York City — for a handsome lad to find and accept her ~book of dares~.
Little does Lily know, Dash (Austin Abrams) — who is lacking in Christmas cheer — finds the book, and thus starts their adventures of dares throughout the city, and rumblings of romance through leather-bound pages.
This series had me at “Hello,” but when I saw that Austin Abrams from Euphoria was cast as Dash, it shot straight to the top of my anticipation list.
Needless to say, we’re in store for some Premium Teen Content™ with a mistletoe on top.
We have the cheeky BFF who teases Dash about his crush on Lily — even though they have yet to meet in person:
We have an ugly Christmas sweater that I also want in my closet:
We have a ~cool teen bedroom~ that no IRL teen actually has:
We have Dash doing a ~dash through the city~:
And we have a cinematic parallel that hits you right in the feels: