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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

(Dash & Lily #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  72,172 ratings  ·  7,564 reviews
“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 is D
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Mindy 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson after you read that she then came out with The Last Little Blue Envelope!!
Julie This story is not written for a child. It's appropriate for grades 8 and up in my opinion. The F word is in the novel 13 times. It doesn't seem excess…moreThis story is not written for a child. It's appropriate for grades 8 and up in my opinion. The F word is in the novel 13 times. It doesn't seem excessive when you're reading it, but it is present.(less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect book to kick off my count down to christmas!
Full video review here:
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This was such a fun and cute Christmas read! I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did but it was a very welcome surprise!
Emma Giordano
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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 h ...more
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.)
Cristina Monica
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.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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, i
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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.
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
“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.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!
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 hel
Jun 06, 2011 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 stayed
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 Dash firs ...more
may ❀

sorry for being a poopie buddy reader @ annie ;-;

this was cute tho, at least things are consistent.

RTC ?? maybe

Buddy read and reread with the #1 dash and lily fanatic

truthfully i dont remember much from this book besides the excellent dosage of dry humour and the cute winter feels it gave me
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

- 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
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 2016-shelf
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
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 mole
Trina (Between Chapters)
Video duology review (spoiler free)-

I 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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

“But isn't this a dance? Isn't all of this a dance? Isn't that what we do with words? Isn't that what we do when we talk, when we spar, when we make plans or leave it to chance? Some of it's choreographed. Some of the steps have been done for ages. And the rest -- the rest is spontaneous. The rest has to be decided on the floor, in the moment, before the music ends.”

Somehow, every year since 2011, around Christmas, I end up re-reading Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. It isn't a literary cl
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya-lit
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 star
Nov 10, 2012 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 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Julie Zantopoulos
This was a really cute and really quick read but it definitely played on one of my least favorite things in books-kids who act and speak like pretentious adults. Maybe I was a Neanderthal teen but NOBODY I knew behaved or spoke like these kids, and I was a smart kid.

The kids are quirky and adorable and the story was sweet, though. I appreciated the early Christmas vibes this book gave me and I already own the second of the series, so I know I will continue this month. Also, yay for book/word ne
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
Liz Janet
Sep 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. But I do love the family aspect and all that, I am not
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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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. ...more

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