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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...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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tonya.
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.)
Janina
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...more
Maria
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...more
Vanessa
“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...more
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
~Tina~
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...more
Arlene
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...more
♥Rachel♥
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...more
Lisa O.
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...more
Joana
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...more
Thomas
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...more
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
Jasprit
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
Caris
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...more
Hershey  (Wants to be Magneto)
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...more
Laura

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...more
kari
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...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

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 (...more
aidanadia
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,...more
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...more
Anthony Chavez
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...more
Heather
Nov 29, 2010 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, ya
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
Kim

I want to be the filling in a Rachel Cohn/David Levithan sandwich. I want to be BFFx3 with them. I want to swim in their words and dance between their snarky sparring. Oh, how I wish.

This is so my kind of book. This is so my kind of thing. I have totally done this. I am this. I use my words (always use your words) because my social skills are so lacking. The written word is my vehicle. I may babble, I may be self-absorbed, I may tangent (I’m using that as a verb, just so you know) but this is t...more
Kristy
^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...more
Nomes
2.5

I found it hard to engage in the story and wasn't really into it until the halfway mark (and even then I felt restless while reading it ~ as if waiting for some awesome to happen). Having said that ~ I think this will make a cute and fun movie (it has been optioned).

Also, I wanted some fun and wild dares while roaming around New York at Christmas and I expected a romance (a hip, funky one) and I guess it all just played out differently to what I imagined.

Some of the lines were cute/funny but...more
Jessica
Hmm. To be honest, I don’t have that much to say about this book. It was a cute love story, I liked the writing and I had to laugh out loud several times but somehow I was missing that certain little spark. To be fair I have to say that I read this after Anna and the French Kiss, which I absolutely loved, so I’m not sure how objective my review is... *does her best Sinead O’Connor imitation and sings 'Cause nothing compares ...nothing compares to you ...* Sorry, didn’t mean to turn this into an...more
Leo
A boy finds a red notebook while searching for books in his usual bookshop. A girl has left some clues written inside for someone to find them. That’s how Dash and Lilly met and start exchanging dares and their most inner thoughts. Cute, right? But will the magic fade outside the sheets of the red moleskine or not? You can guess the answer, but that doesn't make the book less adorable.

Dash and Lilly are very likeable and real characters. They book is told from their perspective, one chapter eac...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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In what world would this series of events really happen? Self-indulgent wish fulfillment, thy name is Dash and Lily's Book of Dares.

I had wanted to read this for years -- but friend reviews were all over the place, so I adjusted my hopes to a more reasonable level. It turns out that even that readjustment wasn't enough -- "disappointment" doesn't even begin to describe how much of a let down this was.

My issues came early: I thought Da...more
Celina
I needed a nice light read after reading two straight Fantasy books recently. And since it’s starting to feel Christmas-y already, it was a perfect time to read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

Things start off when Dash finds a red moleskin notebook on the shelves of The Strand. In the notebook, he finds clues left by a girl named Lily. Dash decides to play along, and he and Lily trade dares through the little red notebook, but they also write down their thoughts and hopes and find themselves conn...more
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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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