Dash and Lily is an American Rom-Com series adapted from the YA book series Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Dash and Lily is set in New York City during the holiday season which makes it really special. The series gives away the essence of the story in the first line itself, “Imagine you are in New York, and it’s Christmas.”
Dash, a charming teenager who hates Christmas because of his parents’ separation as he describes it as “the most detestable time of the year” finds a mysterious red notebook in Manhattan’s famous Strand Bookstore. The book contains clues to decode a message left by the owner. Dash, being the book lover, solves all the clues and leaves his own in the notebook.
The notebook belongs to Lily, an amazingly weird girl, who “likes to make her own clothes to be expressive”. She likes her family’s Christmas celebrations but this year it would be different since her parents and grandfather leave for the first time ever and Lily is left alone with her brother Langston and his boyfriend. The reason behind Lily’s non-existent social life is her fear of being judged and not being able to fit in.
Dash and Lily start writing to each other, telling each other their deepest secrets, fears and desires. Both of them have to prove why it is worth meeting each other. They started writing dares which the other has to complete to get over their fears. We get to know them as they get to know each other.
Dash had to sit on Santa’s lap and Lily had to venture to an empty Grand Central to experience the terminal’s pre-dawn beauty. Lily also overcomes her fear of going to parties by going to a Hanukkah punk show in the basement of a knish shop and Dash can finally enjoy Christmas by believing in miracles and love.
The actors, Austin Abrams as Dash and Midori Francis as Lily, as well as the supporting cast have given excellent performances, be it Dash’s patient friend Boomer (Dante Brown) or Lily’s brother Langston (Troy Iwata). They all add up to making the show adorable and a perfect Rom-Com. The lead actors beautifully and vividly introduced their characters.
The dares in Dash and Lily take us to many parts of New York City which is fun to watch. Being set on Christmas and New Year’s Eve the city looks beautiful with lights and decorations. The best part is the Jonas Brothers’ open-air concert. Snowing made it all the more magical and beautiful. Nick Jonas also gave a cameo to help Dash decide about his feelings. References from Cinderella and Notting Hill can light up the eyes of the rom-com fans out there.
Will Dash and Lily ever meet and if they do will they like each other? Find out by catching up with this beautiful series.
Dash and Lily Season 1 is streaming Netflix.
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