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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
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Lilly has left a red notebook full of challenges on a shelf in her favourite bookshop,waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept them. But is Dash that right guy? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
From the authors of Nick & Noras's infinite Playlist comes a warm and funny story that will have you perusing bookshop shelves, looking for a red notebook of your own.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a hillarious young adult novel, based around christmas and a mega scavenger hunt, through a Red notebook. The story alternates between Dash -Snarly, Nicknamed by Lily, who had been told he had a 'snarly' look about him, ans she also didn't know his name- and Lily . Whilst I liked reading both characters chapters, i much prefered reading Dash's chapters. I don't know why, but i could relate alot to him, as a person. Don't get me wrong, i liked Lily's parts but, i couldnt really relate to her.
As usual, there are obviously the other charecters to Relate to, Langston, Lily's gay Brother, Boomer, Dash's best friend and Lily's Great aunt, who you heard of in both, Lily and Dash's Chapters.
The best part of this book was...
In my opinion, the best part of the book was when Dash and Lily met. I know it sound Cliche, but the way it was done, was funny and i must say, i feel bad for Lily.
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This book Is similar to Nick and Norah's Infinate Playlist I haven't read it, but i have heard about it. and being by the same authors, i haven't exactly got many doubts about it.
David Levithan is amazing, Rachel Cohn is amazing. Together? The result is freakin’ fantastic. Another beautiful book by one of my favourite authors. There’s this humour and this cuteness and stuff in this book that I can’t really explain or put in words. What happens in this super awesome book you ask? Well, Lily’s brother and his boyfriend made Lily write in a red moleskin notebook and write some dares and put it in this cool book shop which I wish existed where I live. Dash happens to find it and oh the fun and awesomeness and cuteness happens. Beautiful, beautiful book. You have got to read it or I don’t know what is wrong with you.
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This book is brilliant, outstanding, AMAZING to read i presonaly really enjoyed this book i love the mystrious notes the dares to do what no one in there right mind would do. It is a romantic book and still about fitting in with the crowd daring to do what you no you shouln't. I have personaly gone up and down the book shelf at libarys in search of my own red note book. This book give hope to people a christmas and hope to romance to the lonleyest of people.
If you haven't read this book then way are you still reading this go find the book on the shelf....
I really enjoyed reading about Dash and Lily on their Christmas adventure. This novel was interesting right from the beginning. Lily, and her overprotective family and her unique personality leave her all alone during the Christmas season, so she decided to leave her little red notebook in The Strand, for someone to discover and go on an adventure. Dash a sixteen year old boy finds the note book and continues the 10 days adventure leaving little clues for each other, and sending each other on little adventures are New York. Although Dash and Lily have never met they write down their personal thoughts and worries in the notebook. As the book progresses we learn more about the two teens who learn more about themselves and each other. The way the novel is written is very clever and unique form, along with the interesting storyline. If you enjoy cute love stories or holiday season novels then I definitely recommend you pick up Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan.
Before I begin - I loved this book.
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares was a book that kept you turning the page, itching for more, and it always managed to serve it up. As I progressed through the book, I gained questions like, "When will they meet? And how?" and when they were answered, I was only given more questions and it propelled me to accompany these two very different teenagers on a journey about our conceptions of other people.
A book about taking risks and misconceptions, it was quite interesting and funny. Though it was an easy read, (only took a few hours) it made me laugh as Dash and Lily came up with convoluted schemes in order to pass their red book between each other. However, I also liked it because not only did it encourage one to take risks, through Lily, but it also proved how sometimes the consequences end up outweighing the consequences, and that we need to be careful with our actions and emotions.
It also talked about how people see each other, and how they built up pictures of each other, which were often way off the mark, but how we can work through it in order to see past our stupid preconceptions about each other and have a look at what is really there. How Dash is constantly comparing Lily to an image in his head of people in the past or his dream girl, while Lily is afraid she won't meet the boy she's looking for.
The only think I didn't like was the ending, I was dissatisfied. It was a bit to cutesy and not really what I was grasping for. It didn't have enough humour or even spark which I got from the rest of the novel. Five of my friends read this book and we all agree.
Don't be discouraged though! It's worth the read, and though the ending didn't live up to my expectations, if I have learned anything from this novel, many things never do.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a charming and festive YA scavenger hunt/teen romance. The story alternates between Dash (snarly, articulate hipster with a love of language) and Lily (an enthusiastic carol-singer, cookie-baker and all-round lover of Christmas, like myself). Whilst I liked reading both characters chapters, I did prefer Lily a teensy-weensy bit more (she shares my enthusiasm for all-things Christmas and has this lovely naivety and hopefulness about her which I found to be really endearing). Not that Dash is less-loveable – though I felt he could come across as a little bit arrogant, he still manages to be this great mix of persnickety and bookishly charming. As usual, the protagonists are aided by a dynamic supporting cast of characters (I’m rather partial to Boomer, though I also thought Langston and Benny were great).
I did find some similar elements to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which I most connected with in Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares:
- The ongoing journey style of the narrative (though instead of being set over one epic night, Dash and Lily covers the just before Christmas and up until New Year) – the way this is told in alternating chapters, which slowly fill in bits of back story
- The hint and promise of a romance, without it necessarily being a 'love story'. Also, without trying to give anything away, I do like that the majority of the novel is spent developing a relationship between the characters without them meeting (I suppose, in a way Norah feels like she knows Nick through the mix-CDs .... am I stretching too far here?)
- Of course there’s also the snark and the spot-on pop culture references – not to mention, the part that make me squee a little, references to other Cohn/Levithan collaborations (again, I’d like to think that maybe Lily goes to the same school as Norah and Caroline)
- I really enjoyed the correspondence between Dash and Lily, and watching them slowly reveal their secrets and holiday wishes to each other. Then of course, the treasure hunt with the moleskine journal (I’m a total sucker for things like this – just love it!) was brilliant – and getting all these glimpses of a New York Christmas was definitely appealing to me (especially for someone who has never had a white Christmas, the sound of winter coats and snow sounds so nice).
I honestly can’t really think of anything I was unhappy with. Whilst I didn’t have the same ‘oh my gosh, this is changing my world’ reaction I did to Nick and Norah, this is certainly a fun and very sweet read. Fans of the earlier collaborations will certainly enjoy Dash and Lily (and appreciate the familiarity of the Cohn/Levithan dual-narrative style) and I highly recommend Dash and Lily's Book of Dares as your must-read title for the holiday season. Get on it!