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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily #1)

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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 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
Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Ember (first published October 26th 2010)
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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.)
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
Mar 10, 2013 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fiction, dnf
“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
Dec 27, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, e-book, 2011-favorites
I highly recommend Dash & Lily's Book of Dares.


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
Cait Grace
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 Da
Zoë (readbyzoe)
Dec 13, 2014 Zoë (readbyzoe) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Stacey (prettybooks)
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 ...more
Sep 04, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

I 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
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 acti
Nov 11, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
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. T
Jan 08, 2013 Limonessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit, ebook
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
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
Susane Colasanti
"I was attempting to write the story of my life. It wasn't so much about plot. It was much more about character." - Dash
I like the idea of a bookish scavenger hunt, but after the initial sprint the rhythm was slower. I wasn't particularly fond of the plot line, but the two characters were sweet. And it's set during Christmas time, so Christmas.

*Review to come!*

I have a lot of reviews to catch up on. I didn't have the time to actually write a proper review because I was busy preparing for one of my favorite days of the year. So now I
Hated Lily. Hated her.

And it's such a shame. I hope Dash lets her down easily and meets someone else.

Dash is hyper cool. He's a nerdy, eloquent loner. His feelings are complex, and his life is complicated. He isn't too cool, though. His friends run the gamut between super neato and embarrassingly child-like. But they're all oddballs.

Lily is too young. She and Dash are the same age, but she acts as though she's a ten-year-old looking for love. She spends more time wanting her brother to play wit
Oh dear.

I was so prepared to fall for this book.

I was expecting something quirky, fun and extremely cute. I was expecting this book to put me in a festive mood even though Christmas is still months away. I just wanted something refreshing. I wanted something like hot chocolate and marshmallows and snow! Yeah, I'm kind of in that mood right now.

See those lights? I thought this book was like those lights, fun and changing and just awesome.

I didn't get any of that. I didn't even feel anything other
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is the perfect winter read! It is such a unique book that is told over the course of about a week. Alternating narrators made me enjoy this book even more! If you have yet to read this incredible book, I suggest you add it to your TBR lists.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares has such a creative concept! This book is all about how two teens meet through a red notebook. They send each other all through New York City at Christmastime hunting for clues about the other person
Feb 07, 2011 kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 5-star, 2011
Where oh where were the intelligent cute snarly boys when I was a nerdish sixteen year old in need of a small adventure? Oh well.
These two authors develop a great story between them, with each having a great distinct voice and characterization. Yet the two halves fit together perfectly. There isn't too much description which I think adds to the overall effect of the story, we get to know Dash and Lily only through their words and thoughts.
The story is very believable as they go to various locat
Dec 29, 2013 Priscilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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India Jade
I liked this book, but it wasn't interesting enough to do an entire review on. I will just touch on the highlights.

I read this is one day, so yeah, it was really good. It just lacked the pizzazz that I look for in a book.

However, Dash was sassy, Lily was sweetly innocent, Boomer was amazing, Snarly Muppet was great, the Christmas cookies were tasty, and Hermione Granger's true meaning was brought to light.

I've always resented Hermione, because I wanted to be her so badly and she never seemed to
Liz Janet
Feb 06, 2016 Liz Janet rated it did not like it
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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 Handcu
Dec 20, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s one of those books you must have close by, visible on the overstuffed bookshelf just to touch, pick up and flip through or even hug every so often. Yes, *head held high* I am a proud book hugger. :D

A red notebook sets this whole fun-filled ride into motion. Dash and Lily meet, talk, flirt, share, dare, and dream together with words and memories in a notebook. They trade stories, dares and truths on the pages of the book a
Nov 01, 2012 Jasprit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares was a super cute and fun book which totally gets you in the mood for Christmas. Lily’s not in the mood for Christmas this year, her parents havwe gone to Fiji for their 25 year wedding anniversary, her grandpa has gone to Florida so Lily’s just stuck at home with her brother Langston and his boyfriend Benny. Lily feels like moping around but then her brother comes up with a plan; he puts some dares in a red moleskin notebook “from Lily” and leaves it in the Strand b ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One day early this year (way before I met the Goodreads people) I was going around Fully Booked in Eastwood when I suddenly had this little fantasy. I wondered: what if, as I was looking for books to get, I meet a guy who has the same taste in books as I do? A straight, single guy, near my age, who reads for fun? And let's make him cute, too.

It was a little fantasy that my friends and I entertained often, and it almost became a topic of a story for my fiction blog (
Nov 29, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2010
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares is a cute, quick and pleasing enough of a read. It definitely evoked holiday merriment and these two writers swapped POV's very well. I liked both Dash and Lily as characters, though I enjoyed the former much more than the later. Levithan is certainly the more talented writer in this duo. Nonetheless, neither of these characters would ever pass for being 16. I don't know any teenagers that speak or act this way. I don't even know many adults who speak or act this wa ...more
After an excruciating hiatus from reading, I decided to brighten up my uneventful Christmas with a Christmas-themed book. A quick read, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares proved to be mildly entertaining but wholly underwhelming and completely forgettable.

The premise is rather curious and quaint: Dash, one of the eponymous heroes of this story, discovers a mysterious journal penned by Lily. Their mild-mannered dares, orchestrated with a scary efficiency and the help of acquiescent friends and family,
Anthony Chavez
Oct 19, 2011 Anthony Chavez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
2 Hipster youth trapped in the city at Christmas? Yes and Yes. The last couple YA books I have read have redeemed my faith in the YA genre.

A great book, in my opinion engulfs the reader in it, it takes you away for a bit and lets you live outside of the confines of life and the world around you. I didn't mind whatsoever that some parts of this book were unrealistic, because really, deep down somewhere, I kind of wish that this would all happen to me. It brings to mind the part of the book where
^This is what a good book looks like!!

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that if you liked Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson then you will like this one. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn was just so much fun. It was quirky and unpredictable yet heartwarming. The charcters were ragamuffin, sarcastic and witty yet 100% relatable. Their journey was one I was sad to leave. I was seriously sad it was over. Dash and Lily were starting to feel like old friends. I was embracing my inner-nerd.... who am I kidding, my nerdiness is definitely not locked up insi
Annabel ♥
Where have you been all my life?

Love, love, love.
Why oh why did this book have to be only 260 pages long? If it had been 800 pages, I would've wanted it to be longer! This book is incredible and maybe just maybe one of the best I have ever read. AHHH! I just love this book to pieces. If I could, I would marry this book.

No question that the characters are my favorite part. I especially enjoyed reading from Lily's point of view, although I LOVED Dash, too. Sometimes books with alternating poin
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Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she's not reading other people's books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.
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