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Dash & Lily's Book Of Dares

by David Levithan, Rachel Cohn

Random House Children's Books | October 26, 2010 | Hardcover

Dash & Lily's Book Of Dares is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.51 × 6.11 × 0.96 in

Published: October 26, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375866590

ISBN - 13: 9780375866593

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I realize I may have cookies thrown at me by saying this, but this book was a disappointment for me. After hearing for months just how great this book is, I had been expecting something magical. Instead, what I got was some of the magic Ron Weasley could achieve his first two years at Hogwarts. There was something there, you could tell the authors were trying, but it just wasn’t enough to garner that spark. The concept of this book is different, which is why it sounded promising. Who wouldn’t want to meet someone at a bookstore or, even better, through the pages of a notebook? It’s so unlikely, which of course would make the romantics in us go all sigh-ey and smiley. Dash & Lily had potential. Potential as a cute, simple story of two lost NYC teens who find friendship and love through passing a notebook between them throughout the city. And my love for New York City made me excited to read their dares and see all my favourite sights. (Side note: I can’t believe I’ve never been to the Strand before. It’s at the top of my to-see list now.) But sadly, the concept and location were the only things I actually loved about the book. The characters were…meh. I just couldn’t connect with them. They both were annoying and didn’t speak like normal teenagers. (I have a few things I’d like to discuss with you all about this, which I’m saving for some discussion posts for future Thursdays. So just sit tight.) Dash was this moody, pretentious boy who couldn’t seem to put himself in other people’s shoes. Lily, for all her supposed brains, was a self-centred girl who tried too hard to be “unique.” I mean, how dare her parents want a holiday away? Instead of thinking how great it is for them, she instead chooses to ruin the holidays for everyone else around her. And the secondary characters were all just one-dimensional I found, except maybe for Boomer. He at least showed some depth every now and then that even caught Dash off guard. But the rest were just blah. Priya wasn’t necessary. I would have liked to see the development between Lily and her childhood nemesis more because the jump from A to B just didn’t work for me. And I think I liked Sophia the most. Also. I’m tired of the friendships in YA books between a seemingly smart person and a seemingly stupid/immature person. I see those friendships far too often and it’s just annoying now. Why can’t they both me on the same level? Why did Levithan have to make Boomer act like a child? To make Dash seem wiser? Ugh. But the thing that annoyed me the most was the amount of wordiness there was. I love words. I do. I love big words and small words, old words and modern words. But when I come across sentences that try too hard at being “smart” and end up sounding like something like this, “It’s not as if I’ve come to take her to the sock hop, or ask her to go double-spooning in some tapioca… my position on dillying and dallying, which right now is chaste with a chance for inveterate lust”… well, my mind grows tired. And this isn’t just a one-time thing either. It’s everywhere. The authors try so hard at making their characters unique and charming by injecting complex words with the hope of being endearing to bookworms. And it just falls flat. I don’t want to bash this book because there were some sweet aspects to it: I loved Great-aunt Ida and Lily’s grandpa. The stark contrast of modernity and traditional between the two were funny, tugging at either sides of Lily. But yeah. I can’t really say much else about the book.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Sweet, Entertaining and a Loveable, Romantic Read! Dash and Lilys Book Of Dares is a really, really great book I enjoyed very much. It is a fun, funny, romantic, and cute book. The characters are deep and real, and most definitely relatable. Dash and Lily are both characters that many people can relate to, and that I really connected with. I love how Lily and Dash arn't your usual lead characters in a romance book. I felt that they are so real. I know I've read other books with characters like them, different, sweet, and, best of all, bookworms!!, but they are the actual ones that I can picture as real people. I loved the character development throughout the book, and I felt like I was right beside them the whole time. The writing is amazing. The were so many times I couldn't help but laugh out loud. There are also many, many words I didn't even know how to pronounce. It only added to the story though, because it fitted with the characters personallities and showed who they are. Cohn and Levithan did an amazing job with this book, and I'll definitely be reading more of their work. Although Dash and Lilys Book Of Dares is a sweet, romantic, light read, there are undertones. There are elements of family issues, friend problems, and aspects about... Well, about life, in general. I really love this book. Its one that I'm not sure if I'll read again, cover-to-cover, but I'll definitely pick it up from time to time and read some of my favourtie parts. Overall, this book is one I really enjoyed. The concept is just so amazing. I didn't expect everything that happened, to happen. Which is a good thing, at least I think so. The ending is awesome. Again, some people may not like it, because *not really a spoiler but could be concidered one* it leaves room for interpertation, but I absolutely love books that end this way. I really love this book, and everything about it.
Date published: 2013-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An ode to New York City! Dash is wandering the shelves at the famous Strand bookstore in New York City when he comes across a mysterious red notebook. The notebook has a set of clues that lead him on a scavenger hunt throughout the store. Thus begins a fun game among two teenagers – strangers to each other yet sharing more personal thoughts than they had ever shared before to anyone else. A kinship develops as they get to know each other through their notebook messages left throughout the city for the other to find. I absolutely love New York and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is an ode to this bustling city filled with both popular and lesser-known sites. Told in alternating points of view, starting with the days leading up to Christmas, the reader is taken on a tour of the city through the eyes of these two new friends. I did find the narrative to be a bit juvenile at times, so it was all the more startling when the f-bomb got dropped in a couple instances. Also, another slight tidbit I found a bit odd was the mention of Boxing Day. Considering the number of times I have been asked by my American friends what Boxing Day was, I was surprised to see one of the characters mention it – let alone wanting to celebrate it! Setting that aside however, this book was quite the entertaining read. Taking place in the span of 10 days leading up to New Year’s, it’s the perfect quick read for the holiday season! This, and other reviews, can be found on JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting holiday read On the surface, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares seems like a fun read about what happens when a teenage boy and girl leave messages for each other in a red notebook and send each other on dares around New York City. While that aspect of the story was well done, a lot of fun, and often really funny, the book was about more than that - it was about possibilities, change, being open to things, taking risks, and learning some of the truths about life. I’ll admit that at first I had mixed feelings about Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. While I enjoyed the dares and the back-and-forth between the characters in the notebook, I had a little trouble getting past just how different Dash and Lily were from most characters. The way they talked, the way they thought, their behavior - it was so different, but I embraced it and them and ended up loving them. Lily is overprotected, sheltered, and naïve. At times she seemed much younger than sixteen, while Dash often seemed much older. They appeared to be an unlikely pair, but they brought out the best in each other, even before they finally met. I connected with both of them more than I expected I would, and I also loved the secondary characters, particularly Great-aunt Ida and Boomer. They added a lot of humour and depth to the story. A quick, fun read that’s perfect for the holiday season - or any time of year - particularly if you enjoy books set in New York City, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is sweet, funny, quirky, charming, and unexpectedly enchanting.
Date published: 2012-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky and romantic! When I started reading Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, I couldn’t believe the amount of language that was in it. Not foul language, but just language. Words. Lots of words. Words that made me wish I read the title on my Kobo so that I could use the dictionary function. Or, words that made me wish I had a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary, just so I could look up all of their etymologies. Being someone who rarely looks up words in the dictionary while reading, I considered the fact that I even thought to do so a small accomplishment. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is about Lily and Dash. Obviously. Lily leaves a red notebook with clues in it and a dare to the person who wishes to undertake it — preferably someone who would be well suited for her. Dash finds her notebook and the book takes off! I really liked this book. I thought it was smart, funny, quirky, romantic, and humorous. Dash and Lily were perfect characters, both somewhat outcasts in the fact that they weren’t so much different, but dared to just be themselves. I enjoyed how the book was pretty much only about them — even though there were other characters in the novel, it was strictly focused on Dash and Lily. The characters were wonderful. I liked how Dash and Lily weren’t the same kind of person — in fact, they were both so different from one another. Different personalities, different styles — but it just goes to show that differences don’t necessarily drive two people apart. Now, to me, the whole novel wasn’t perfection. There was at least one scene in it that was just cheesy, not quite true-to-life. I also didn’t enjoy how the parental figures of Dash and Lily seemed a little too absent, and that they were almost silly any not like normal parents. For many things that happened in this novel, most kids would probably be grounded, but the teenagers seemed to be full of so much angst and the parents just accepted it. I’ve heard that Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have wrote another amazing book called Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist — I’ve never read it, but it’s definitely going on my reading list. I would say if you like books that are just a little different, full of can’t-help-but-smile romance, and characters that are worth cheering for, give Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares a try – I dare you!
Date published: 2012-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Linguistically Charming As part of the Chapters online community this book was recommended for me and I did eventually pick it up. I do believe that this book is targeted to more the teen audience, but I still found it charming. The author's eloquent use of vocabulary was extremely charming and wonderful.....it's an excellent novel for those bookish people like me who love being drawn in but excellent prose. The story is romantic, like a movie script of the dream of finding someone through unusual adventures and charming plots where the person we dream becomes reality. I found it delightful, perfect length and happy.
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fall in love with this refreshingly wonderful book! Have you ever read one of those books that simply makes you feel good. That reminds you that there are good things in this world and once in a while everything just works out the way it’s meant to? This is one of those books. I almost wish I had waited until Christmas to read this because it puts you in the Christmas spirit but I’m also glad I didn’t wait. It was a light hearted tale of friendship and two people getting to know each other, really getting to know each other. It makes your heart feel lighter. It gives you hope. It’s like a breath of fresh air. The concept is wonderful. Lily loves Christmas, everything about it, but she’s about to have her worse Christmas ever. After complaining about how alone she will be for the holidays Lily’s encouraged by her brother to leave a book of dares in a book store to get a boyfriend. Dash is a Christmas hating snarly guy who takes on her dares and gives her some of his own. Between the two they grow and try things they never would have tried before communicating through the book, a ton of Lily’s relatives and friend’s of Dash’s only. This book has wonderful humour and is certainly must read book you will fall in love with.
Date published: 2011-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming, Witty and Absolutely Adorable! This is definitely the novel to choose right as Christmas is coming around the corner, but do not hesitate to read this at any other time of the year! Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are two fantastic writers that come together to write this fantastic collaboration. The writing was extremely witty and charming. The whole concept was so refreshing and I loved the characters along with their personalities. This novel was a breath of fresh air, the romance is light and really cute, and the plot made this book such a joy to read. Christmas is just around the corner, and Lily's brother suggests a way to find her a boyfriend. It doesn't look like it will be the best Christmas; Lily's parents went to Fiji, and her brother is going to be spending every second with his boyfriend. So, she goes along with her brother's idea. Inside of her favourite book store, The Strand, she places a red, moleskin notebook filled with dares. All she needs is the right boy to come along and accept them. Dash despises Christmas. He hates the crowds that this time of the year brings, he's not one to have the typical Christmas cheer. He has convinced both of his parents that he is staying with the other, in other words, he will be spending Christmas alone. A couple days before Christmas, he heads to The Strand, and comes across Lily's red notebook on a shelf. He opens it up, reads, and dare after dare, and accepts the challenge. He does each one, leaving him at the end of the book where it says to give it to the guy at the front, so Lily can pick it up. However, Dash keeps the notebook and leaves a clue at the front of the store for her to find it. This is where the dares start, Back and forth, they leave clues and dares for eachother, leaving them apart of an adventure all across of New York. Readers will fall in love with this book as they read about Dash and Lily, two characters that will have you laughing and smiling through the course of this fantastic read! It will definitely have you looking for your own little red, moleskin notebook in bookstores close to you. 5/5 2011-007
Date published: 2011-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting and Captivating (read this book!) Christmas is fast approaching and Lily is bored. Her parents are in Fiji and she is left at home with her brother, who only wants to spend time with his boyfriend. Her brother, in attempt to get Lily out of his hair, helps her set up a series of clues in a red Moleskine notebook and leaves it hidden in the shelves of the local bookshop. Dash has convinced each of his parents that he is staying with the other parent. All alone for the holidays, he heads to the local book shop. As he peruses the shelves of the Strand he finds a red Moleskine notebook and finds the clues (more like dares) and can't resist the challenge. The red Moleskine notebook sends teenagers Dash and Lily on adventures all over New York City during the Christmas season. These two strangers get to know each other through the notebook and as they go on each new adventure, they help each other discover more about themselves. I have not been so engrossed in a book for a very long time. I read this book in a single seating (literally). I just kept wanting to know where the notebook would take the characters next! This book is not as predictable as the synopsis may lead on. I was pleasantly surprised over and over again. I really liked how the plot seemed like something that could really happen in real life. It makes you want to create your own notebook! This is a fabulously clever and witty book. It's a hoot and a half! (You may ignore the last remark, but I'm a fan of the phrase) What I found really interesting about this book was that each of the two authors wrote for each of the characters. The story that they tell is as enchanting as it is captivating. Definitely a story I will revisit with great frequency.
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I dare you to read this... It is only a few days before Christmas when Dash finds a red Moleskine notebook full of book-related dares left by Lily in the stacks at The Strand in New York City. Dash not only answers the invitation, but dares her right back. Using a network of best friends, great aunts, and important people in retail, Dash and Lily pass the notebook back and forth pushing each other to go places in the city (and within themselves) that neither has gone before. For as they notebook travels, so do their words. And as they fall for the people that write the notes, they must also decide whether to keep it to the journal, or, tempt fate and meet face to face. I simply adored this book! The bestselling authors of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, create another fantastic adventure across New York City where the characters are just as colourful as the city they live in. From the first chapter, you will be engaged in Dash's not-so snarly opinions on literature, film and hand-made Muppets and Lily's sense of fashion, baking skills and open heart. While both of them feel as if they are on their own on the holidays, either abandoned by choice or outstanding circumstances, we soon see that this is not the case as each as created a network of people who love them enough to partake in Lily and Dash’s story. Like Cohn and Levithan’s previous novels, there is that delicate balance of comedic pop cultural references with the romantic awkwardness of Dash and Lily’s feelings. For example, upon describing the new Pixar movie, Collation, Dash explains that it is “…about a stapler who falls helplessly in love with a piece of paper causing all of his other office-supply friends to band together to win her over. Oprah Winfrey was the voice of the tape dispenser, and an animated version of Will Ferrell was the janitor who kept getting in the young lovers way.” (50) When Dash asks Lily what she wants for Christmas, after telling him about J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey, Lily writes, “I want that. The getting younger with each step, because of anticipation, in hope and belief. Prayer or not, I want to believe that, despite all evidence to the contrary, it is possible for anyone to find that special person…Belief. That is what I want for Christmas. Look it up. Maybe there’s more meaning there than I understand. Maybe you could explain it to me?” (75) It is this tennis match of words between characters, (between authors,) the pop culture quips, the hilarious pursuits for love and that brief moment when either character catches the moment where they find the meaning of it all, that makes Cohn and Levithan two of today’s most engaging authors for teens.
Date published: 2010-11-09

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Dash & Lily's Book Of Dares

by David Levithan, Rachel Cohn

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.51 × 6.11 × 0.96 in

Published: October 26, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375866590

ISBN - 13: 9780375866593

About the Book

"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."
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the "New York Times" bestselling authors of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist." Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

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-Dash-     December 21st   Imagine this:   You''re in your favorite bookstore, scanning the shelves. You get to the section where a favorite author''s books reside, and there, nestled in comfortably between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook.   What do you do?   The choice, I think, is obvious:   You take down the red notebook and open it.   And then you do whatever it tells you to do.       It was Christmastime in New York City, the most detestable time of the year. The moo-like crowds, the endless visits from hapless relatives, the ersatz cheer, the joyless attempts at joyfulness--my natural aversion to human contact could only intensify in this context. Wherever I went, I was on the wrong end of the stampede. I was not willing to grant "salvation" through any "army." I would never care about the whiteness of Christmas. I was a Decemberist, a Bolshevik, a career criminal, a philatelist trapped by unknowable anguish--whatever everyone else was not, I was willing to be. I walked as invisibly as I could through the Pavlovian spend-drunk hordes, the broken winter breakers, the foreigners who had flown halfway across the world to see the lighting of a tree without realizing how completely pagan such a ritual was.   The only bright side of this dim season was that school was shuttered (presumably so everyone could shop ad nauseam and discover th
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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.

About the Author

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.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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