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“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 acce“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. (From the Hardcover edition.)...

Title : Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Reviews

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-04-23 06:09

    This was the perfect book to kick off my count down to christmas! Full video review here:

  • Emma Giordano
    2019-05-09 05:15

    A solid 3 stars. I was completely enthralled in the beginning but as the pace of the story shifted, I severely lost interest. The setting and the characters and the plot complimented each other so well. I do wish the mystery of the notebook was preserved for longer during the story - I feel that is truly what this book had going for it, and it was completely lost when Dash and Lily had met. It is definitely a fun Christmas read, very "John Green-esque" and I did enjoy my time reading it. After hearing so many serious fans of this book be disappointed by the sequel, I don't think I'm interested enough to continue.

  • tonya.
    2019-05-22 07:23

    I can't even finish this. The pretension nauseates me. When page upon page is spent quoting books in an effort to... I don't know. Reinforce that the character is smart? It's like a brick to the head. I don't need you to prove to me how smart your character is. How edgy and hipster he is. How quirky and earnest she is. Just show me in context with an interesting storyline (which it has), and strong characters (which it could have had.)

  • Clair
    2019-05-02 07:12

    “Well, this novel certainly looks interesting,” I said to myself as I requested it from NetGalley. “...Wait, it was originally released in 2010?” I then headed over to GoodReads and Amazon, and found a few decent reviews. “All the more reason to read it, then!”My face currently resembles a bulldog chewing a giant wasp that had recently taken a bath in lemon juice, which also happened shortly after I realised these authors were responsible for the insipid fluff that was Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Which, might I remind you, is a film sitting right next to the first ten minutes of Juno as one of the films I despise with every fibre of my being. (Also sitting in that line-up is The Notebook and Twilight, so you have an accurate gauge for my most hated films.)Alright, let's get into the story, which alternates between two protagonists, the first of whom being Dash. He is a misanthropic teenage boy and basically, a complete retread of Will Grayson #2 from David Levithan's collaboration with John Green. I can forgive misanthropy if there's a genuine reason behind it, and it's not the typical teenage boy who's picked up some philosophical teachings here and there and suddenly muses on the possibility of being a soulless automaton of the corporate machine kind of crap. I'm fine with disillusionment, but there has to be some kind of good reason behind it.Dash has none.Dash is just a whiny, annoying little pustule and I hated reading every single chapter he narrated. Sorry, David Levithan. I was okay with Will Grayson #2 in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, but this is just far too much. Barely 1% in I was side-eying the book for letting such a pretentious little sod narrate the events as they happened.'I would never care about the whiteness of Christmas. I was a Decemberist, a Bolshevik, a career criminal, a philatelist trapped by unknowable anguish.'Also, just so you know, a philatelist is a stamp-collector. I've collected stamps since I was 12 and I've never known there to be some 'unknowable anguish' behind the hobby. Even scratching beyond the surface of that description makes no sense. Does it mean you have a lot of pen-friends but you don't get out very much? Does it mean you're upset that some extremely rare stamps will never get to be placed in your album? What does it mean!? Especially in relation to Decemberists, Bolsheviks and career criminals. Let me guess, little Dash doesn't really know what these words actually mean, but he's trying to sound clever anyway. Aww. Somebody deserves a lollipop.'I walked as invisibly as I could through the Pavlovian spend-drunk horses, the broken winter breakers, the foreigners who had flown halfway across the world to see the lighting of a tree without realising how completely pagan such a ritual was.' (1%)Yeah, here's another thing I can't stand – people who think they're better than everybody else. Fine, I will admit to being silently judgemental of stupid people at times, but it's the snobby air that Dash takes here that really rubs me the wrong way and made me want to jump into the novel wielding a giant tuna fish so this kid could get a well-deserved slap across the face.Also, I think pretty much every adult in the northern hemisphere knows about how certain elements of Christmas are derived from pagan Yuletide celebrations. I think somebody deserves a gold star to go with their lollipop and courtesy wet fish slap, Dashy-boy!'"Do you know me?" I persisted. "Did I grind you to a pulp in kindergarten, and are you now getting sadistic pleasure from this petty revenge? Stephen Little, is that you? Is it? I was much younger then, and foolish to have nearly drowned you in that water fountain. In my defence, your prior destruction of my book report was a completely unwarranted act of aggression."' (3%)Just... who talks like this, David Levithan? I really want to know who. I know there are miserable, drippy teenage boys out there quoting cod philosophy. I knew some at high school, but they generally don't talk like this all the time.In fact, in the quote above, Dash is talking to a bookstore clerk. It made me realise that I should have a trap door in front of the desk if I ever own a book shop, just in case a pretentious twat like Dash ever comes up to the counter and says something like that. Ahem. "Happy Hanukkah," I said. Because I always liked to say the wrong holiday, just to see how the other person would react.Priya took it in her stride. (4%)Oh yes, because that's a really nice thing to say to somebody who's from a different cultural background to you. Just to gauge their reaction, you say? What's next, sprinkling mildly racist and nasty things into everyday conversations to see if the person you're trying to offend picks up on them? Dash, you are a terrible, awful person and I am about to throw the bloody towel in on this book. Sorry David Levithan, but please take some lessons from John Green in how to write misanthropes with heart and personality, because Dash has none. He also just earned himself another smack across the face with my freshly-caught, dolphin-friendly tuna.Oh, what's this? A new character in a new chapter? Alright, I'm just going to scream into a pillow for a bit and return once I'm sufficiently calm.Back! Aww, Lily's a sweetheart, isn't she?In fact, why couldn't this book solely be narrated from Lily's point of view? Why cruel world, why not!?Lily is adorable. She's not a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, she's just a regular, ordinary girl who looks at the world and sees everything good about it. She came up with the idea of a scavenger hunt in a book shop, and letting the bookseller know about her plan so any potential adventurers can't ask him for help. Her clues are written as riddles within a notebook, and you have to go looking for the books detailed, and find the correct page number, sentence, word, et cetera. Naturally, the quest gets harder as you progress, and I suppose it's the perfect thing to preoccupy Dash's time. You know, when he's not wandering around New York at Christmastime being rude to his school friends and thinking about how he's the only person who sees through the blatant consumerism and the pagan ritual which the populace are so ignorant of.Unfortunately, even though Lily was cute as a button and I really liked her chapter, when I got to yet another Dash chapter, I just put my e-reader down and refused to touch it for another week. I skipped ahead to some of Lily's chapters, and while I do like her narrative voice, the story just isn't doing anything for me. I really do wish that Lily had been the sole narrator of this book. Perhaps it could have been a surprise for her that the one to play along in her game was actually a bit of an awful person and not the sweet, sensitive and bookish guy she was originally picturing. I'm sure that's probably explored later in the book, but I just couldn't get past more than 20% of this book.Ultimately I felt no attachment to the story in general either. I didn't care if Dash or Lily got together, or even if they ever met and sparked up a friendship. Or if the little red notebook scavenger hunt was really worth all the time and effort both parties had to go through. It really isn't enough of a story to make the reader want to continue. Well, not this reader, anyway.So, we have a pretentious dullard of a boy voicing half of the chapters, and a lovely, sweet and funny girl voicing the other half, tied to a flat storyline with nothing but a picturesque backdrop (whee, New York City at Christmas!) that is ultimately window dressing to mask the poor plot. I'm going to be merciful and add on 0.5 of a mark for Lily, but yeah. I'm not averse to brainless, fluffy romance novels, but this one just hit all the wrong nerves for me and didn't keep my interest at all. 1.5/5.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-05-22 08:22

    3.5 stars. Anyone up for a Christmas story in July?This book put me in such a Holiday mood that I immediately downloaded the movie Almost Christmas on my computer upon starting it. It wasn’t as good as this book. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan rock. Jingle all the way. I don’t know of a more curious and fitting writing pair. Or maybe I do, but I just can’t think of any right now. I’m still recuperating from the Christmas love. Ah, it hurts not to be in December right now. Never you mind that. No Canadian in their right mind would wish for winter to come. Back to the book—a book about books and dares and romances—it was quite charming. Dash and Lily do not know each other, but slowly they will. Dash finds a book leading to Lily if he dares and he does dare indeed. And so begins a series of unfortunate events for both characters.… Kidding. Sort of. Not all dares are elegant and not all dares are enchanting. A dare is a dare because it’s challenging and takes willingness. What will come out of it remains to be seen for you. This is a book about relationships—forming new ones and figuring existing ones out. Dash thought he was in love once, perhaps he was wrong. Lily never kissed a boy, perhaps this is her turn to smooch. Bleh, I feel old just saying that—smooch. Bleeeeeh. I might need to wash my mouth. So anyway, lovely book. A little unrealistic towards the end (why did you need to bring in the media, authors?) but otherwise a satisfying Christmas romance. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Maureen
    2019-05-04 09:28

    I really liked this!! I loved the characters and reading from their perspectives and how different they were. The premise and the plot and a lot of the quotes from this book were SO GREAT. My main hang up was that the two main characters used words and phrases that even I didn't know or wouldn't use and I am TWENTY FIVE. Obviously, teenagers are awesome and can speak however the heck they want, but sometimes when YA books portray teenagers as knowing everything and speaking really audaciously, it irks me. It didn't bother me enough to dislike this book, but there were a few times it was just a little too much. BUT OVERALL GREAT IF YOU LIKE CONTEMP YOU WILL PROBABLY LIKE THIS.

  • Josu Grilli
    2019-05-22 09:10

    Vamos a ignorar el hecho de que he tardado en leer este libro unos diez días (quién me ha visto y quién me ve), porque lo he disfrutado y he tenido la sensación de haberlo leído en mucho menos tiempo. Cuaderno para dos es, aparte de una horrible traducción, un título misterioso que nos sugiere algo ñoño. Pero luego no lo es, ya os lo aseguro. Tanto el personaje de Lily como el de Dash son increíbles, con voces diferentes y muy bien definidos. Y ninguno de los dos es sencillo, simple o demasiado fácil de entender. Son complejos, con carácter y bien desarrollados.Eso es lo que hace que Cuaderno para dos no sea una novela ñoña romanticona. Es una historia sobre dos amantes de los libros que deciden intercambiar experiencias y abrir su corazón sin conocerse de nada. Justo cuando la novela parece cansar con los retos del cuaderno, las cosas cambian y ambos personajes maduran, así como la historia. Me gustan esos cambios en las novelas, donde se abandona esa 'base' para convertir la historia en algo mejor.En general me ha gustado mucho. Me he reído y pasado un rato entretenido con algunos de los retos, con Boomer y la familia de Lily, además de con alguna escena del final (¡la ladrona de bebés, ALERTA ROJA!). Como siempre, salgo contento de leer una novela de Levithan, que siempre dejan con buen sabor de boca. Respecto a Rachel Cohn poco puedo decir, pues al no haber leído nada suyo no puedo identificar sus elementos.Recomiendo mucho que leáis Cuaderno para dos. Vais a pasar un rato inolvidable conociendo a unos personajes más que interesantes. Ahora permitidme que lea la segunda parte corriendo <3

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-04-30 08:19

    Okay at first I didn't think I was going to like this book like I did Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist but after I kept reading it <--- I was wrong! I laughed so hard at certain parts that I almost peed myself! I really needed that today/tonight! No peeing myself but a great laugh. Lily's parents leave her and her brother for the Christmas holidays, they go to Fiji. Their grandpa went off to Florida to see his girlfriend and Lily's brother is only interested in spending time with his boyfriend. So, Lily's brother Langston gives her the idea about the notebook. She fills this red notebook full of stuff and puts it in the bookstore in between some shelves hoping maybe someone would find it. And guess what? They did, Dash found the notebook and did his part of the dares, nothing too extreme and then he was supposed to leave the notebook in a place or with a person that Lily chose. This went on through-out the story with them both giving each other things to do and then leave the notebook in weird places or with people they recruited. I thought it was so charming and cute. Some of the stuff was so hilarious and weird and I want to do it! :-) I love that these two lonely people happen to find each other at Christmas to do all of this craziness. It was sooooo much fun. At some point they do want to meet each other but some things go wrong and Dash has to run around and try to find Lily. She ran away and forgot to leave the notebook! So he has to go back to people that were involved and try to find her. He does eventually find her but it wasn't the greatest of times to find her so they part ways. Then Lily sets out to find Dash, oh and Dash has this hilarious friend named Boomer that actually became friends with Lily before Dash did. There are other characters that are really cool in the book too and it seems some of them are on the couples side. But oh the horror when Lily and Dash meet up again in person. Lily had just posted a sign where Dash lived and was on her way walking one of her dogs from her pet sitting and he was a bull mastiff. Lord have mercy, this is where I started . . . um . . . having pee moments and they kept going for quite some time. I thought I was going to crack a rib I was laughing so hard. I need not have posted the sign, however. Because five minutes after I posted it, Boris started loudly barking at a teenage boy who approached me as I scooped up the biggest piece of dog dung I'd ever seen. "Lily?"I looked up from my plastic bag filled with giant poo. Of course. It was Dash.Who else would find me at this moment? First he found me drunk, now he found me cleaning up poo from a barking pony who was about to go into attack mode.That's not even half of it, there's the ice skating with the dog (not by choice), flying giant poo, child killers (not really) and the save the flying baby tackle. Oh and the little bit of time in jail. I freaking loved it. I love these authors. I want more of their books. Anything that makes me happy and almost, um, pee my pants - I want more of in my life. Thank you and goodnight! ♥MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-05-10 05:27

    My biggest problem with this book is just didn't feel like it was written on this planet. Where is my realism?!?!? From ridiculously unlikely events to pretentious characters that just made my brain numb...I DID NOT HAVE A FUN TIME. But I am also a confessed Christmas Grinch. And fluffy books 99% of the time befuddle me. So consider me an unhappy Christmas crumpet right now but this book was not for me.It's dual narrated by Lily and Dash (DUUUUUH LOOK AT THE TITLE FOLKS) and I found Dash to be utterly intolerable. He's described as a "snarky, wannabe hipster" but he is a hipster. He wants a dictionary for Christmas. He has a bitter view on life. He's all self-absorbed and full of looooong soliloquies on LIFE. Yup. I don't do well with that kind of attitude. Just get ON WITH LIFE instead of moaning about it. Grrhhhh. I did like Lily though. She's like a little tiny cuddly thing who EVERYONE loves and takes care of. She's probably pretty immature. But I found it cute and endearing! I loved how she was messy and late and flighty and a shrieker. That was my favourite part. SHE LIKED TO SHRIEK. ME TOO. I LOVE YA, LILY.And the romance...what romance?!?! I saw NO chemistry and am only 2% sure they'd even stay together after the book ended. They got caught up in a written adventure, SURE, and it's cute and it's unusual and it's exciting. But Dash was a real jerk about the whole thing. A JERK. When he and Lily meet?!?! ARGHGHGH that is my least favourite scene. Self rightous pretentious JERRRRK. (view spoiler)[ Because when he meets Lily she's a little tipsy (on accident) but this means he CAN NEVER LIKE HER because HOW DARE SHE BE DRUNK and WHAT KIND OF A PERSON IS SHE. It's like he turned up his nose in complete disappointment and then...never wanted tos ee her again. I. don't. like. this. boy. (hide spoiler)] And despite his being decidedly not gay...he probably is gay. Although on that note, I reject the fact that a boy eating yogurt equals "gay". CAN'T EVERYONE EAT YOGURT?!? Equal opportunity yogurt eating....and I found the plot slow and unlikely. And just. Meh. Too many long-mopey-essays about how tough life is. Boohoo.(I am a callous hedgehog, also. But whatever.)DEFINITELY not the contemporary for me. I shall return to my Grinchiness. BUT AT LEAST I TRIED TO BE FESTIVE, OKAY!??!?! *gives self Christmas cookie for effort*

  • Korrina(OwlCrate)
    2019-05-06 11:34

    “The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.”This book was worth reading for this scene alone. I’ve been missing my best friend a lot, especially with the holidays coming up. Reading something like this was what I needed to be reminded of.

  • Janina
    2019-05-16 06:24

    We had our first real snow this weekend and the advent season is approaching, so I decided to pick up Dash & Lily's Book of Dares to get in the mood for Christmas – at least a little bit. Actually, I wanted to save it for later in December, but my curiosity was simply too great.It was a really sweet, but not too overly kitschy read featuring two likeable main characters. The spirit of the festive season came across in a great way and I enjoyed the dares passing between Lily and Dash with the help of a red notebook. Their story is probably not too realistic and would never happen in real life, but it was great to get lost in their almost fairytale-like romance for a few hours. If you are looking for a light and sweet read (that still has a little special touch) to get in the mood for Christmas and snow, I would recommend you give this book a try. It will not change your life or make a lasting expression with its message, but it's a lot of fun.The only thing that annoyed me: Dash and Lily come across as a little too sophisticated for my taste. The way they talk seems sometimes almost unrealistic for two teenagers. Also, they both love to read, and of course their love for books covers only the classics. In my opinion, you don't have to be a huge fan of the classics – and only the classics – to be allowed to call yourself a booklover.That being said, I nevertheless enjoyed Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, although I still like the other novel I read by Cohn and Leviathian, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, a lot more.

  • Zoë
    2019-05-03 08:24

    This was such a cute book and I'm happy that I read it just in time for Christmas! I couldn't give it a 5/5 (even though I loved the plot) because I never really connected to the characters and they annoyed me at times. However, definitely read this if you haven't, especially during December!

  • maymay ☕
    2019-05-06 07:17

    sorry for being a poopie buddy reader @ annie ;-;this was cute tho, at least things are consistent. RTC ?? maybe~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Buddy read and rereadwith the #1 dash and lily fanatictruthfully i dont remember much from this book besides the excellent dosage of dry humour and the cute winter feels it gave me

  • Maria
    2019-05-05 09:32

    I highly recommend Dash & Lily's Book of Dares.DELIGHTFUL.Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is the perfect Christmas read. It took me around New York in the busiest time of the year with Dash’s abhorrence versus Lily’s ecstasy for the holidays. It kinda remind me of the movie Serendipity: same Christmas-in-New-York setting with the same non-meetings but with the longing of meeting the one another.Dash and Lily are the total opposites. Dash never recovered from his parents’ nasty divorce; Lily stayed at home while her parents celebrated their second honeymoon in Fiji. Dash reveled in being alone; Lily is scared of not having anybody. Dash is articulate; Lily is stumped on how to talk to boys (and girls!) her age. But they do have something in common – they love to read. and they wanted to believe that there is someone out there existing just for them. So cute.I loved Dash‘s character more than Lily’s. His has a certain sadness and hope at the same time. I relished reading his POV because it’s very entertaining to see the switch of his train of thought from simple things to contemplative ones. I loved the scenes where (1) he’s feeling up Santa, (2) he’s being interrogated by Aunt Ida, and (3) he’s being lectured by Boomer, of all people. Dash is very charming in this unobtrusive way that makes being snarly so endearing.Lily is the odd girl. Wearing her school uniform even during weekends with her worn chucks, she already accepted her eccentricity years ago. But after reading Dash’s writings in her notebook, she thought that maybe it’s time to get out of her family’s comfort and venture to a normal teenage life. I found it funny that she’s this dogwalker who also loves hanging out with her Grandpa’s friends but can give the middle finger on a whim.Boomer, Aunt Ida, and Mark are secondary characters that made me laugh in more ways i thought possible. I love how they are solid and yet they do not overpower the main characters.Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is a story of what could be the machinings of first love set in snow-capped New York. Dash & Lily’s mismatches left me light-hearted and hopeful. I just felt good after reading it.

  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    2019-05-19 08:14

    I was looking for some young adult Christmas books to read over the holidays and I chose Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares & Let It Snow. I thought Dash & Lily was going to be a cute, Christmas read and nothing more. I didn’t expect it to be so witty and ingenious. I loved Dash straight away. Some people will certainly find him obnoxious at first (he’ll quite happily refer to himself as erudite and bookish), but I love a guy who’s articulate without being pretentious. We’re introduced to Dash first as he discovers Lily’s red moleskin notebook, instructing him to find a book on French Pianism. And this (wonderful, brilliant idea) sends him on a journey where impulsiveness is a requirement.Dash & Lily is one of those books that made me want to go on an adventure. I wanted to pack my bags and head to NYC, bake Lebkuchen spice cookies, and spend all day in The Strand bookshop. It’s one of those books that reminded me that while spending all day reading is a wonderful thing, I didn’t want to be one of those people that envies the lives of fictional characters. If I wanted to be eating a chocolate pizza at Max Brenner (actually, I’d choose The S’mores Concoction) then I bloody well needed to go out there and do it! However, even if Dash & Lily doesn’t persuade you to make life changing decisions, you’ll still love both Dash and Lily and the myriad of eccentric characters that you’ll come across. It’s hilarious to the point where it actually made me laugh out loud, rather than just smile. I particularly enjoyed Dash’s quick-witted banter about tea with Lily’s aunt.So, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is definitely one of my favourite books of 2011. I’d suggest running to the nearest bookshop (specifically, The Strand, if you’re able to) and buying it straight away! Don’t wait until Christmas 2012.I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

  • Cheri
    2019-04-26 12:13

    - 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.When Dash opens the cover he finds a note on the first page.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.There are more instructions leading him to other books with other instructions. He follows all the leads, makes his notes, and waits. The red notebook becomes their only means of communication, and over a relatively short period of time they begin to share a little bit of themselves with the other. Christmas memories. Christmas “Wish List” items. His – an Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary, all 20 volumes. Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan have written a relatively short, sweet, and fun novel about young love looked at from both sides using alternating chapters – his and hers – Dash’s and Lily’s views. Romance-Light for the YA crowd, maybe especially for those who consider themselves “bookish”.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-05-14 09:15

    2.5 stars. Ok so this has potential to be cute and the writing was solid, but... it just felt like it took place in some alternate version of reality? One where every pretentious, condescending hipster teen is straight out of a John Green novel. I think I stuck with it because I wanted to like the story, but Dash was BEYOND irritating. If you like the kind of worlds and characters John Green comes up with then you'll probably be a fan of this one, too. I gave it an extra star for Lily's holiday cheer, but otherwise wasn't particularly into it.

  • ~Tina~
    2019-04-25 10:06

    TBR Reduce Challenge #22- 2011 (Stefanie) I got a few strange, even evil, looks after explaining I was reading a Christmas book in spring. Like I'm daring the winter weather to come back to Canada and piss everyone off. But, I didn't really care since this book was an absolute hoot!I really don't have to much to say about this book, except It was freaken hilarious and I don't think I've had so much fun reading about two characters who don't even meet till almost the end of the book, but never the less, Dash and Lily are quite the amusing couple. Intelligent, snarky and very daring. It was fun seeing where these two will take each other, and the reader next, not to mention what they made each other do. Hats off to the other secondary characters, all of them and I mean all of them seemed to add that extra blast to the plot. Loved the writing! It was the perfect pace for a fun filled adventure around the streets of NY.Bottom line, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares was a really fun read. It made me laugh out loud and smile a stupid smile and it was even worth the weird death stares. Loved it!Some of my favorite quotes/moments (There are tons, so these are just a few)~"It looks like Animal and Miss Piggy had sex, and this was the spawn"~Feeling up Santa (LOL!)~The Secret tactic of a good hard bargainer is know when to compromise.For instance.I will demand a puppy if I am forced to move to Fiji.But I will settle for a bunny.~"I was just trying to imagine a situation where one person would need twelve umbrellas. It seems almost indecent to have so many, when there are so many people who don't have any."~"With all due respect, if you’re forty three, then I’m a fetus." ~"Because you know how a cow chews grass? And he or she chews and chews and chews? Well, green tea tastes like French-kissing that cow after it’s done chewing all that grass." ...and basically the whole Q&A between grandma and Dash;)Fun stuff! Great book! Read it!

  • Taneika
    2019-05-13 07:04

    More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages!What can I say about this? Oh, I have such a hard time writing reviews for contemporary books (Brodie, I know what you're going to say, but I won't say this review is dodgy... for your sake), I just don't find them as easy to review as fantasy or paranormal because not only have I only just started reading contemporary, but most of the time, I feel I can seriously relate in one way or the other.A snarly boy named Dash finds a red moleskine notebook right next to his favourite author's books in The Strand*, this notebook has been written by the sensible and quirky Lily. In the notebook, Lily has written clues, but instead of putting the notebook back on the shelf, Dash takes the notebook and starts his own game with Lily. The result is hilarious!The book is told by both Dash and Lily's perspective and I loved how distinct and fresh both of their personalities were. I was a bit worried as to how this would turn out as it's written by two authors, but they've managed to have the same voice and writing style whilst setting their character's apart from eachother. The setting - Christmas in New York. OH, HOW CLICHE' you say! (Would you look at that, I'm a poet!) No, this is perfect as we have Dash who can't stand Christmas and couldn't care less, and we have Lily who is to say the least, obsessed with Christmas. It's really great though, because Christmas Day isn't even that much of a big deal in this book. It's the lead up to Christmas that is hilarious and what makes each of the character's personalities shine through (like freakishly busy department stores and seeing Santa) and what happens to the character's after Christmas that makes you love these two.The minor characters are great and again, have completely distinct personalities. BOOMER! Hahahaha! I love Boomer! And how over enthused he is about everything! Every bit of dialogue from Boomer has an explanation point! What was great, was that whilst it was always "!", it still didn't feel overdone or stupid!Overall, I thought this was a really cute, fun read and it was perfect because whilst I haven't been reading much in the past two weeks (believe me, I'd rather be reading!), this kept me occupied and made me smile so much :)I'll leave you with a few quotes I loved..."We all just took the bookstore at its word, because if you couldn't trust a bookstore, who could you trust?".So true, Dash. So true."Dear man, you are a genius. I'm so glad my father forced me to marry you and allow you to impregnate me every year."Oh, Lily, your comments about these sorts of things make me laugh and don't come across as if the author is trying to shove her beliefs down your throat. Plus, from what I could understand, I'm generally on the side of the author!"I expected Sherlock Holmes and Jane Austin to be thumb wrestling in the corner."HAHA! The visual I got from this sentence was incredible, and sorta weird...*I googled The Strand and died a little inside. I am now making it my personal goal to not only travel the world, but to go to New York and spend hours browsing the shelves at The Strand and to bask in it's greatness. I don't know if it's true, but it apparently has 18 miles (28km for those who, like me, don't understand miles, lbs etcetc) worth of books. 28000m worth of bookish pleasure. *starts daydreaming*.

  • Arlene
    2019-05-18 06:23

    Rating Clarification: 4.5 StarsI loved this book. A.L.O.T.!! And all I can chalk it up to is the fact that I needed a good laugh. I downright, gut wrenching good laugh and this book did it. I literally laughed so much throughout the story that I’d stop and read passages to whatever family member was in listening distance because to me… it was comic brilliance. That is the true markings of a funny book IMO, when my family yells in surrender, “Enough! We know you’ve lost your mind!” The dares were fun and exciting and the characters that made up this story warmed my heart. Their epistolary flirtation was continuously captivating and I didn’t want the red notebook journey to end. I wish I would have had the nerve to pull off a stunt like that when I was a teenager. What a hoot!Dash is the king of hilarious!! I want to possess his snark. He is my snark hero. *applauds* His snarly, pensive, yet caring character was worthy of a fictional crush. Favorite Dash lines:I’m looking for ‘Fat Hoochie Prom Queen.’ No response. It’s a BOOK, not a person.Hello, my name ees Lebkuchen Spice, and I vant to show you my coooooookies….It looks like Animal and Miss Piggy had sex, and this was the spawn.Ex-squeamish me?!With all due respect, if you’re forty three, then I’m a fetus.Because you know how a cow chews grass? And he or she chews and chews and chews? Well, green tea tastes like French-kissing that cow after it’s done chewing all that grass.LMAO!Lily is quirky and funny as hell! Props to her for giving it one more try after her epic, embarrassing debut to Dash. I loved her style and come on! I’m a sucker for animal lovers. My kind of girl… no doubt.Favorite Lily lines:Do you speak Catalan? ‘No’ Lily responded. I said no in Catalan, but since the word sounds the same in English, Hermione didn’t notice.I had my two favorite dogs with me in the park – Lola and Dude, a little pug-Chi mix and a giant chocolate Lab. It’s true love between them. You can tell by how eagerly they sniff each other’s ….“Okay!” Lilly screeched. “Let’s go upstairs! I love books about freaks.” Because I am one. You might be too. Let’s be freaks together?Snap. Crackly. Dash yum. Ouch. Cursing – not so dashing.Great book that’s a perfect read for the Christmas holidays! Don't make me dare you to read it... :P

  • Bradley
    2019-05-18 10:19

    What began as a literary treasure hunt flirtation between a couple of cute kids quickly became...A truly delightful and innocent romance. :) Believe me, no one is more shocked than me how much I fell into and loved this little book. I mean, it wasn't just the literary side or the well-spoken Snarl or the impulsive Lily. It was the entire shape of the novel with all of the normal conventions: the shy flirtations, the near misses, the almost-meetings, and then, most dangerously, the other boys and girls. It was all delightful and sooooo innocent. :) Even the Crimson Alert and the Sweaty Santa, it evokes a different sensation in adults, still managed to come across as INNOCENT on the page.And I liked it. I really really liked it.It's like opening a door to an alternate dimension and discovering that everything is gentle and loyal and honorable and smart. *shiver* It's so odd! And pretty! :)And of course, the writing is also quite beautiful, too. And charming. :)

  • Thomas
    2019-04-24 10:30

    This book was cute and funny, but failed to make me care about the actual characters as opposed to the things happening to them.I liked the premise. Two unusual individuals communicate through a moleskin notebook and kindle an awkward romance - but meeting in real life brings a myriad of difficulties they never imagined. There were so many interesting ideas in this book: Can love really bloom from interactions not taking place in real life? Should one should wait for love to come to them or actively pursue it? And what is love, to be exact?The flaw that presented itself was the development of these themes - they could have been deep and introspective, but seemed shoddy and stale. Neither Dash or Lily grabbed my heart, and I could barely connect to them through all the random events taking place (for example, when Dash is attacked with snowballs by little kids while carrying a bag of yogurt).Books from these two authors may not be my thing, but fans of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's previous works will probably enjoy Dash & Lily's Book of Dares.Want to read more of my writing? Follow me here.

  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    2019-05-15 12:04

    Video duology review (spoiler free)- love, love, loved the premise of this book - that two people communicate through a notebook that they leave around the city for each other to find. And the portion of this book where Dash and Lily's relationship was confined to the notebook probably earned 5 stars from me. However, I started to lose interest once they met in person. Not because they met, I still thought they were their charming selves, but there was a scene that seemed SO whacky that I couldn't understand why this was added to the plot. It was just a little too silly for me, it didn't sit well in the tone of the rest of the book. (view spoiler)[ The scene I'm talking about is Dash and Lily's second meeting in the park when the dog gets away and Lily saves a baby but a whole fuss is made about them being baby snatchers. I didn't think this chaos moved along the story or the relationship of D and L. (hide spoiler)]The other thing I really didn't like was the ending. You know, I think that there is a way to end a book at the beginning of a scene and still impart a sense of closure to it, but this book did not do that. I felt like I was cut off mid sentence. It was like, oh hey there aren't any pages left so we'd better just wrap this up. It felt sloppy to me. It didn't feel like an ending. There was no sense of closure, and leading up to it there was no sense of urgency that we were reaching any kind of resolution. I mean, I feel like where they ended it was a good stopping place, it just didn't have the correct words and feeling to satisfy me. So, a star gets lost, sorry.I believe this book covers the dates Dec 21st through Jan 1st. I actually started reading it on Dec 21st (not planned) so it was a neat experience to read about the characters on the same day. If that makes sense? Anyway, just thought I would let anyone know who is like me and can only tolerate Christmas theme books at Christmas time.

  • Erin
    2019-05-06 09:33

    Before you start throwing things at me, remember the Christmas spirit. I know everybody loves this book and thinks Lily & Dash are #Goals! but Nah! This book was so boring I had to force myself to finish it. I expected this to be cute and sweet little holiday romance but I just did not enjoy this book. Lily and Dash have ZERO chemistry and I just kind of skimmed the last 20 pages. Lily was not an enjoyable character for me. She behaved like a 10 year old but got mad when people treated her like a 10 year old. I'm obviously in the minority so I'm not going to give a recommendation. Not every book is meant for every reader. Happy Holidays Everybody!

  • Trish
    2019-05-15 04:24

    I read this book as some light reading in between. For some fluff. Imagine my surprise when I found that what was between the pages was instead a profound quest for the meaning of life and love; a story of self-discovery and humour beyond measure.The chapters were written by two different authors - Rachel Cohn writing Lily's and David Levithan writing Dash's. Apparently (according to the information at the end of the book) they swapped chapters much like Dash and Lily swapped dares. And it works perfectly.What struck me most was how much many of Dash's and Lily's views resonated with me. Just to give you a glimpse, here's a notebook entry from Dash:We believe the wrong things. […] That’s what frustrates me the most. Not the lack of belief, but the belief in the wrong things. You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong. […] I don’t think meaning is something that can be explained. You have to understand it on your own. It’s like when you’re starting to read. First, you learn the letters. Then, once you know what sounds the letters make, you use them to sound out words. You know that c-a-t leads to cat and d-o-g leads to dog. But then you have to make that extra leap, to understand that the word, the sond, the „cat“ is connected to an actual cat, and that „dog“ is connected to an actual dog. It’s that leap, that understanding, that leads to meaning. And a lot of the time in life, we’re still just sounding things out. We know the sentences and how to say them. We know the ideas and how to present them. We know the prayers and which words to say in what order. But that’s only spelling.Or here a notebook entry from Lily:I want to belive there is a somebody out there just for me. I want to believe that I exist to be there for that somebody.Some musing from Lily's brother Langston:The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.And some wisdom from Sofia:It’s up to you, not fate.You see what I mean, then, about this book being profound? Elemental questions asked and answered by not just Dash and Lily but, to some extend, the people around them (young and old). Not to mention the refreshingly natural way the authors included people from the LGBTQ community without seeming pretentious or forcing the issue to be up-to-date (I hate that so much in most currently released stories).But there were two negative points too. Maybe it's because I was always a pretty sincere person (joking around, sure, but I mean when it comes to the cornerstones of life), even at the age of 16, that I did not like/support the prospect of "let's see where this takes us". I mean, Dash basically told Lily that he'd be with Sofia if she wasn't living in Spain, that Lily therefore is sort of a consolation prize! Many people will forgive this, also because most people believe in "just being with someone you like" and "getting experienced" or "enjoying love whenever it comes your way" whereas silly little me actually believes in The One. Others might also forgive this because the MCs are only 16. But as I said, I was like that even back then (which explains a lot). And for such "frivolity" to come from Dash of all people, who has been through a rough divorce/custody battle so he knows how love can hurt and shouldn't be handed out to just anybody ... And then there was Lily's night of "fun" that wasn't much better. I'm not saying these two things were portrayed in an unrealistic way, just that I don't like it (neither in real life nor in stories).The rest was, of course, pretty sweet. Poetic and nerdy and (thanks to Lily's extended family as well as some overbearing mothers and a dog named Boris) ludicruously funny. So yes, I enjoyed the hell out of it, not least because both MCs are pretty bookish so that was something else I could identify with.

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2019-05-23 09:08

    Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a wacky romp through New York, starting in the famous book store, The Strand. It had me laughing hysterically in parts, and is laced with heartfelt introspection. The story starts out with a red notebook and a dare. This notebook lands into the hands of Dash, the perfect person for this pursuit. It’s Christmas time and Dash is alone by his own design. He’s not a big fan of Christmas, and some of the assignments or dares are pure torture for him because of this. This is a testament to how invested he is in these dares and in finding out who’s at the bottom of them. Lily is the author of the red notebook. She’s a little bizarre and doesn’t quite fit in, and doesn’t have any close girlfriends. Instead she’s close to her family. At the urging of her brother, she sets up the red notebook for the perfect person to find at the bookstore she loves. Lily has exactly the opposite view of Christmas from Dash, she absolutely loves everything about it, but this year she’s on her own since her parents went to Fiji and her grandfather went to Florida. Her brother is in town but he’s caught up in a new intense romance and can’t be bothered to entertain Lily, she’s bored and alone, so Dash’s counter dares couldn’t have happened at a more perfect time. This story was co-written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn and chapters were passed back and forth, each of them writing in response to the others writing. I recently met these two at an author signing and it was evident from their interaction they have an easy and fun relationship, and this definitely translates into the writing. Their banter back and forth in person was just as witty and hilarious as it is in the book. At one point while reading this, I was cracking up so hard I was crying. This scene may or may not have included: a large dog, angry mothers, baby catching, a crimson alert, and the police. Wacky, slap-stick humor at its best! For those of you like me who require romance in a story, fear not! These two, in spite of their differences, seem to connect so well without even meeting each other at first. I guess we can thank Rachel Cohn for the romance, because she’s the one who pushed for a romantic and happy ending that’ll put a smile on your face. David was going to be so cruel!! A copy was provided by Mira Ink through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  • Limonessa
    2019-05-03 05:23

    Dash & Lily's Book of Dares was a ton of fun to read. I can see why it garnered so many prizes and awards. It's fantastically written by this quirky duet who is Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.The story starts with Dash finding a red Moleskine diary hidden among other books on the shelves of a renowned NY bookshop, The Strand. On its pages, instructions for a dare by a mysterious girl. Dash, an incredibly bookish and snarly 16 years old with a love for the word fanciful, accepts the dare and starts a series of events, one more hilarious than the other, which will bring the two teens to chase each other around New York City in a sort of comedy of errors. There are so many scenes I laughed out loud at, it's difficult to count them. The cast of characters is unique: great Aunt Ida and Boomer star among the others but I couldn't really point out an uninteresting character if I wanted to.The only complaint that I have about this book is that the situations and the people are so much larger than life that they become almost unbelievable. To say eccentric is probably an understatement. These kids, Dash and Lily, are so unbelievably erudite and bookish that I feel like a dimwit when reading their dialogues. And if I feel like a dimwit at the venerable age of 36, what is a proper teenager going to feel? Spurred to read more?They're just too mature, too profound, so much so that end in end, you can just see they come out of the pens of two adult, smart writers. Nonetheless, I think I liked this even more that Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. A fun, fun read I definitely recommend.

  • Joana
    2019-04-25 10:19

    Do You Dare? Dash is a bookish kind of guy,so what better than pass time at a book store? So while checking some books he notices a red notebook... “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.” Of course, he can't resist and starts going through the clues, leaving answers and questions of his own... And so it all begins, we go with Dash and Lily in this ride, from dares to locations, to heartwarming confessions and hilarious moments. In many ways they seemed quite the opposite (i just say one word : Christmas) but actually, they just complement each other , they click :DNow the question is, will they really meet or keep guarding themselves in the anonymity? I LOVE this book, like LOVE LOVE <33I was smiling and laughing while reading it. Dash and Lily are just wonderful characters, so of those characters you wish they were real and you actually knew them. They are witty, deep, sensitive, funny, sarcastic and nerdy ^^ This is just such and endearing and heartwarming story,and of course full of craziness (the park scene is HILARIOUS)and also wonderful secondary characters (her aunt, her cousin and Boomer were my favorites). 5 big nerdy stars*egalley kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange of a honest review

  • Susane Colasanti
    2019-05-06 10:21

    "I was attempting to write the story of my life. It wasn't so much about plot. It was much more about character." - Dash

  • Liz Janet
    2019-04-28 05:18

    Since it is Christmas time it is only proper for me to review a book based on this time of the year. I am not a big fan of Christmas, mostly because I grew up celebrating the Three Kings’ Day celebration (which is actually really fun, and everyone should celebrate), but also because I am not a big fan of Christmas songs, or films, or the dress code. To me it seems pointless, and the songs give me headaches, and I do not like romance as much, unless it is Holiday in Handcuffs, I tolerated that film. But I do love the family aspect and all that, I am not a total Grinch. So for the longest time I blamed my lack of affection for the holiday as the reason I did not enjoy this book at all, now I realize it is not my fault, but the book is truly horrid (sorry Torie and all my friends that loved it, but I am not really sorry, because I hate it).It follows Dash and Lily as they sent each other clues via books. Interesting story right? Well yes, but poorly developed.It was not a good book, simply was not. The characters were the biggest issue.Dash: a misanthropic boy, as in dislikes humanity. It is not like he picked up Moliere, Swift, or Plato and saw their reasoning and decided being misanthropic made sense for him, nah, he is just like that with no actually good motive. I mean, this kid compares himself to a Bolshevik. I do not think he has ever in his life read what a Bolshevik is, and is just trying to sound cool, which he fails. I am not going to attack the way he speaks, because I talk like that to my friends most of the time, because I am like that, however, his voice really did not suit him. Not because he is a teen and it is smart talk, but because I cannot actually believe Dash is clever at all. One of the instances he tries to be is this one:“ “Happy Hanukkah,” I said. Because I always liked to say the wrong holiday, just to see how the other person would react.” As if another person’s religious holiday should be a funny thing. Let us just go around and test everyone on what they believe in, and if they pick up on it and try to explain to us that they go by another holiday, then they must be horrid people, when in reality, Dash is the horrid one. You are not Augustus Waters at all sir, nope, nope, and nope.Lily: Nah, she is not my type of character at all. Not because I am a Grinch and she loves Christmas, but because she had no depth at all. I do not think she was superficial, she did seem to love Christmas and all that, but she seemed like a cut out carbon copy of one of those romantic comedies where the girl’s sole purpose is to be there for the bettering of the man character, not a manic pixie dream girl, but something along those lines. The big peeve though was how shallow she actually is. Throughput most of the book, as she is figuring out all of the clues, she keeps hoping the guy is cute and not ugly. She also then goes on to offend Hermione Granger from Harry 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 to be her. She got to live at Hogwarts be friends with Harry and kiss Ron, which was supposed to happen to me.” Excuse you! What the hell is this? What did she want Hermione to do? Act like a stereotypical muggle-born? Being constantly grateful for her skills instead of being cool about it like everyone else? Crawl through the floor and wipe the boots of prejudiced purebloods with her tongue as thank you? I am terrified that people like her exist.And it is not as if the writing was so brilliant that I could ignore these imbeciles. No, it was bellow average. Look I love John Green’s writing, he writes smart characters with smart mouths that remind me of myself, but this book took all of the “intelligent talk” and gave it to a pretentious little possum that seemed to never have actually heard of any of these things in the correct context and just used them without having any knowledge of what they were.The only thing in this book that made some sense was this: “You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint - ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy - all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know - this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtships. They want to know immediately.”