Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Book rating: 03 Hardback

By (author) David Levithan, By (author) Rachel Cohn

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 208mm x 28mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375866590
  • ISBN 13: 9780375866593
  • Sales rank: 19,439

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A whirlwind romance from the "New York Times" bestselling authors of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist"! ""I've left some clues for you." "If you want them, turn the page." "If you don't, put the book back on the shelf, please."" 16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges. What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Co-written by Rachel Cohn (GINGERBREAD) and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES is a love story that will have readers scouring bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

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Rachel Cohn & David Levithan have written three books together. Their first, "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, " was made into a movie starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, directed by Peter Sollett. Their second, "Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, " was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. For their third book, "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, " David wrote Dash's chapters and Rachel wrote Lily's. Although they did not pass the chapters back and forth in a red Moleskine notebook, they did email them to each other without planning anything out beforehand. That's the way they work. Rachel's previous books include "Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake, You Know Where to Find Me, " and "Very LeFreak." David's previous books include "Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, Are We There Yet?, Wide Awake, Love Is the Higher Law, " and "How They Met, and Other Stories." For more information about Rachel and David, you can find them at RachelCohn.com and DavidLevithan.com, respectively. You may also catch them in the aisles at the Strand.

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By Enya Wouts 20 Jun 2013 3

This review was originally posted on www.threecatsandabook.blogspot.com

This the third book Rachel Cohn and David Levithan wrote together. You might have heard of their first book, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, as it was made into a movie starring Michael Cera.

I really enjoyed reading Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. I wasn't really planning on reading a Christmas book and I didn't know a lot about this book when I picked it up about a week ago. Imagine how surprised I was when I found out this book is set in December!

There's not much to give away about this storyline. If you want to read a cute Christmas story you should really pick this up. But for those who wander, it is about Lily who has left a red notebook with challenges in her favorite bookstore and Dash who finds said notebook. Both were left home in New York while their parents were celebrating the holidays elsewhere. And together they have lots of adventures and fun.
The fact that it was set around this time of year made me enjoy it more than I would have initially. Usually I'm not a big fan of chicklit or romantic lovey-dovey stories. But this was written in such a way that the plot wasn't predictable or cliche and I really liked that. What I also liked about this book is how Rachel Cohn and David Levithan took turns in writing it. Rachel Cohn wrote the chapters from Lily's point of view and David Levithan wrote the ones from Dash's point of view. They emailed these chapters back and forth so they didn't know what would happen next.
I'm really glad I accidentally read this Christmas story. Not only was the plotline really sweet, the characters were very interesting as well and this book was in general very funny as well. The following quote wasn't particularly funny or anything but it did stand out to me most:

"I saw a girl who looked college age, dressed like Hermione Potter. [...] I've always resented Hermione, because I wanted to be her so badly and she never seemed to appreciate as much as I thought she should that she got be her. She got to live at Hogwarts and be friends with Harry and kiss Ron, which was supposed to happen to me."


Despite the fact that Hermione's last name isn't Potter at all, I thought this bit was really funny. Also, although I absolutely love Hermione, I understand where Lily is coming from. She does have a point, don't you think?

By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012 4

The story switches between Dash's and Lily's point of view. Each chapter gives entertaining and insightful excursions into both of their lives and emotions. Rachel Cohn wrote Lily's and David Levithan Dash's chapters and although they hadn't worked out a storyline beforehand and just passed each new written chapter on to the other so he could continue writing, the writing style doesn't appear incoherent or cut up.

Rachel's and David's individual writing style, their own ideas of a good joke or a meaningful quote fits the development of our protagonists, Dash and Lily, perfectly. Dash is a down-to-earth book lover whose best method to survive Christmas festivities is ignorance. Lily, on the other hand appears as a little angel, that can't wait to spread Christmas spirit everywhere. The very contrary opinions about Christmas and also very different character traits contribute to a lively dialogue and cause anticipation.
Secondary characters like family members, friends or curious strangers complete the picture of a rich character ensemble.

We've got wonderful quotations of famous authors, hilarious dares and two profound protagonists that want to spend their Christmas holidays together with us. Some would say Dash & Lily's story is set or begins in the Strand Bookstore, I would say in heaven. As a booklover one has to love this book even more just because of its setting and various relations to books.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares always circles around the little red notebook and its exchange between Dash and Lily. I consider this little red notebook as a fantastic idea to create a dynamic writing style and storyline but above all it stands for so much more than having new adventures, accepting hilarious dares or getting the chance to fall in love. This little red notebook and so Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is about writing your own story, creating your life as exciting and unique as you like it, never hesitating to write down a new so far unknown phrase.

Have you bought your little red notebook and started daring yet? If the answer is no, then Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is the right choice to get introduced to the trendiest way of finding new companions and fellow book lovers over the holidays or any other time of the year.

THE VERDICT

Dash and Lily is an adorable holiday read and I fear I don't have to dare you to put this novel up but put it down again!

By Karen C (The Slowest Bookworm) 29 Nov 2010 4

My first thought when I finished this book were how I wish I'd waited a little while longer to read it. How it would have been that perfect read for Christmas week when all the decorations are up and the festivities are well under way.

The chapters in the book are divided between Lily and Dash, starting with Dash finding the notebook in his favourite book store. I laughed out loud at some of those first dares Lily had set for him. I loved that Lily and Dash were both down to earth, normal if not a little quirky, teenagers and I enjoyed their sense of fun and imagination, their honesty with each other whilst writing in the notebook and also finding out more about them in their 'real' world. Their characters really drew me and made me want to know more. Dash's friend, Boomer was hilarious, as were the array of family and friends bought into the story. All real characters in their own right. I think my favourite sub character was Lily's great aunt, Mrs Basil E. I loved the way she backed Lily up and helped in her mission to find Dash, even when it meant bending the truth a little and using just a touch of bribery.

I must mention the cover, as it's one of my favourites this year. It just looks so Christmassy and it really is perfect for the story.

This is a well written, enjoyable and funny read. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you can get a copy to read over the holidays.