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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares [Library Binding]

David Levithan , Rachel Cohn
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

11 Oct 2011
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?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Library Binding: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (11 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606234292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606234290
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,089,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was impossible not to have a huge, satisfied smile on my face at the end. --YA Crush

Another surefire hit from the creators of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. --Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are New York Times bestselling authors of YA fiction. They have co-written three books including Nick & Nora s Infinite Playlist which was adapted for a film in 2008. David Levithan is not just an international bestselling author but also the NA editor who acquired The Hunger Games. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to fall in love with 3 Jan 2011
By L
I'll be honest with you: this is going to be less of a review and more of a love letter to a book. It's not my favoured approach, I'll admit, but as I see it there'll be plenty of objective reviews out there and on this occasion I can't be objective. This book is a love letter to readers. It's only fair that I write one back.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares opens in the Strand, New York: the bookstore of all bookstores. It's Christmastime, and a boy named Dash is perusing the shelves just because he can. It's there that he finds a red Moleskine notebook that first sends him on a bookish treasure hunt and then prompts him to enter into correspondence with its author, Lily. Soon Dash and Lily are exchanging messages in the Moleskine, sharing stories and compelling each other to seek the notebook out in hiding places around the city. And before long, they're wondering just what they mean, or might mean, to each other.

As in the much-loved Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is narrated by its leads in alternating points of view, with Rachel Cohn writing Lily's chapters and David Levithan writing Dash's. Less cool and a little more contemplative than Nick and Norah, Dash and Lily share that same sweet brand of hesitant chemistry that soon has the reader utterly convinced that these two would be great together. I have to confess I initially found the hopeful and insecure Lily easier to believe in than Dash, whose unfaltering literariness is probably as unlikely as it is magnificent, but eventually I realised that's kind of the point. There's an element of fiction to everyone, even in real life. This book knows it, and so does Dash.

While Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is both captivating and entertaining, most of all it's a book overflowing with ideas.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Me If You Dare 9 Aug 2011
I bought this book because it reminded me so much of one of my favourite films of all time. A french film starring the beautiful Marion Cotillard called "Jeux D'enfants" or in English "Love Me If You Dare", although literally it means, "Child's Play". The whole film revolved around best friends Julien and Sophie who dare each other from childhood to adulthood with a tin box that they pass from one to the other as each dare is completed. As they grow up, the dares become more daring and risky. Suffice it to say, it's a great film.

But that aside - I bought the book because it followed the same concept, and therefore, I had a feeling it would be just as great.
I was wrong, because it surpassed greatness.

I have not been obsessed with a book this way in such a long time. This book is absolutely incredible in every way possible. I know I'm gushing here, but I honestly cannot help it! Dash and Lily are both such great characters. In fact, I've decided I'm calling my children Dash and Lily (and not Dash short for Dashiell, but just Dash, as in the connector of words).

Dash is, as Lily likes to put it, quite dashing. And Lily is the perfect teen model. It is extremely easy to fall for the both of them, and from the very beginning you root for them, wanting this to work out so bad. When Lily messed up at one point, I was literally at the edge of my seat wanting to scream, "NO! NO! NO!" Thankfully, it didn't last long, I couldn't have handled it otherwise.

Dash is such a clever, smart-mouthed, witty, yet cynical guy with information flowing out of him in such a remarkable, yet amusing manner that it makes him seem almost unreal. Whereas Lily is a little more believable, more human - if you may.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but achingly hipsterish 8 May 2013
I was a huge fan of the movie version of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist but somehow never got around to reading the book. If you met my TBR pile, you'd know why! So when I kept hearing good things about Cohn and Leviathan's latest offering I knew I had to give it a whirl. I was a little wary as to whether the charm and frivolity captured so well in my beloved movie would be apparent on the written page of Dash&Lily and happily I wasn't disappointed.

Dash & Lily is a breath of fresh air in the world of teenage romance books. A slow burner, we get to really know the characters seperately before they meet rather than a couple of breathless interactions before the inevitable teeth gnashing kiss or worse the long drawn out melodrama before the kiss happens and your nerves are screaming!

Both characters are at a loose end for Christmas as their respective parents are enjoying breaks abroad. Lily's brother Langston, hoping for some time alone with his boyfriend devises a way for his little sister to meet a boy worthy of her high-brow attentions and writes clues in a little red moleskine notebook for the unassuming potential mate to find and follow to meet his prize.

Dash is that unassuming boy, wandering the aisles of his favourite bookshop, he takes the challenge and so begins an adventure of hijinks, laughter, introspection, heartbreak and love.

There are many adjectives to describe this book. Cute, smart, sweet, charming. It's also somewhat irritating in its effort to be "Too cool for school" with it's constant pop culture references that appeal to hipsters forever quoting Salinger, in their Toms loafers whilst uploading their latest pic to instagram.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a lovely story
This delightful book has made me chuckle, smile and sigh happily, it didn't take me long to read, but I enjoyed every minute.
Published 1 month ago by Loo9berg
2.0 out of 5 stars So promising but utterly disappointing
I picked this book up in The Works after I had heard about it on twitter. I had been really looking forward to it after hearing lots of good things about it and falling absolutely... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erin's Choice
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite love story
I read this because I am a massive fan of David Levithan' s books and have been making my way through them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Abigail Tweedle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book and you get really into the characters and the story line is really good :)
Published 2 months ago by Laura Dyson
3.0 out of 5 stars A light, enjoyable read for a cold winter day
NOTE: This review has also been posted on my blog, bibliophilic geek.

SUMMARY: The main characters Lily and Dash each spend their Christmas holiday at home without their... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bibliophilic Geek
4.0 out of 5 stars Irritating Yet Endearing
Well, if Dash wasn't such a pretentious ass it would be lovely. But then, as soon as I started reading about Dash I knew it was Levithan speaking. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss Victoria Ramage
5.0 out of 5 stars perfection
this book is so amazing. I can't even explain. wow. Amazing book for teenagers and certainly expanded my vocab :') Perfect book even with the 'Hermione Potter' thing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jess Billingham
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you will fall for
Not only do you follow the journey of Dash and Lilly but you join them. This is such an amazing book. Easily in my top five. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Esther Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great read!
I've never read a book with a plot like this before, it was great. I honestly couldn't put it down! the characters are easy to love, and the whole story is just amazing, I would... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Abetha
3.0 out of 5 stars Dash and Lily's Continental Divide
The storyline is fine. It's a book written in an authentic and intimate style so that we get to work up some real empathy for the two main characters of the title. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Nichols
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