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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Dash & Lily's Book of DaresTitle: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Release Date: October 26th 2010
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 260 
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“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.

It was a great novel. Full of Christmas fun and spirit. It wasn’t too cheesy and cliché. It was perfect for what it was. It was full of humour which I did not expect, but loved. I don’t often find books that make me laugh out loud.

I loved Lily. She reminded me of Luna Lovegood. A heart of gold and a little bit odd. She was so cheery and happy and she always made me smile. Just a girl being herself. She reminded me a lot of myself. A bit of an outsider and a lover of Christmas. She was very relatable and I really enjoyed reading her sections of the book.

That being said I loved Dash just as much, if not more. He couldn’t be more opposite to Lily but I loved his sarcasm and his wit. Levithan is such a skilled writer. Dash was funny and amusing and I would definitely like to meet.

I loved the idea of the two of them conversing through the notebook. It allowed them to get to know each other honestly. They could write things they would never say. It was a very creative idea, something I have never seen before.  The two POV’s also added to the book, giving me a better understanding of the characters.

The secondary characters were just as good as Dash and Lily. Boomer was simply fantastic. He had me laughing out loud a lot. Lily’s family members really amused me too. Lily’s brother was great too.

There isn’t really anything negative I can say about it. It was perfect for what it was and that was a cheery Christmas book. I did feel a little spark that made it amazing was missing. It was still a really great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

4 out of 5 stars


  1. Sounds like a good book. I've seen the cover about, but not really known what the book was about, until now (so thanks!). Might just have to check this one out :)

  2. Your're welcome :) It is definitely a really fun books so I recommend it!

  3. This sounds so fun and holiday-esque. I definitely need to get my paws on this! Great review, Alic! :)

  4. Thanks Melissa :) It is definitely very fun and light hearted. You must, you must!

  5. I loved reading your review and I totally agree with it! I've been meaning to write my own review of this book but Christmas got in the way - argh! Thank you for your great review (and reminder!)

  6. Thanks :) I know! Christmas has really slowed things down. I look forward to readin your review!

  7. Comparing Lily to Luna: sure fire way to win me over.

  8. I love Luna. I think you wil like the book if you like Luna.

  9. I'm really excited about this one. I added to my 2011 Christmas challenge list. A very nice review.

  10. Thanks! It is definitely worth a read

  11. I'm looking forward to this one. I love the premise, but it really is dependent upon good characters. I'm happy to hear you liked Dash and Lily.

  12. This book is waiting on my TBR but sadly... i have no money :(
    i read some of the pages on amazon and it seems extremely good and something i've never read before. (:
    i love your review. =D
    they cover of this book is simple and yet elegent. (:
    thanks for sharing =D

  13. Small Review: The premise is fab! It really does dependent on how you take to the characters. I hope you will like them.

    NerdyBookLover: It is very original, that is for sure. I love you get to read it soon!
    Thanks :)
    The cover is just gorgeous, I love it!!!

  14. I've been meaning to read this! Sounds like one of those happy books that are sometimes a breath of fresh air.
    If you liked this one, you'll probably like their other book Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Definitely cute, and the movie was good too :]

  15. I loved the film and I must get the book. I think I would love it. You're welcome, thanks for the follow :)

  16. That's awesome that you enjoyed the book. I can't wait to read it! The characters sound so interesting, and you can't go wrong when there's humor and adorable "awww" moments involved. Thanks for the great review, Alice! :D

  17. Thanks :) Completely agree. It definitely has all the ingredients to be a really fun read!

  18. I love the books written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. There's just something about them that makes me happy. I still haven't read this one, but I really ought to!

  19. ohh I love this book!!! I wish I got my own Dash. Isn't he perfect!!! Awesome review!!

  20. I've got this book on pre-order (the edition I ordered has yet to be published) and I expect to get it sometime in October this year, but I really, really cannot wait to get my hands on it. I've read so many great reviews for it, although I've never heard Lily being compared to Luna Lovegood- that's just got me more excited!- and so, your review has served to further whet my appetite. Excellent review!



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