Monday, January 9, 2012

Book Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Pages: 272
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Pub. Date: October 26, 2010
Source: Personal Copy
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "“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?"

Lily, thanks to her brother, left her red notebook on the shelf of her favorite bookstore in New York City. It's just waiting there for the perfect guy to pick it up and take the dares.  Dash encountered the red notebook at the bookstore and was immediately intrigued. He even took part in the most hilarious dares just to learn more about this girl.  Lily and Dash pass the book back and forth during the holiday season in New York City and it ends up being a grand adventure.  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a fun holiday romance that will leave teens swooning.

One aspect of this book that I enjoyed is the fact that each chapter switched narration between Lily and Dash. This was perfect and really gave the readers a look into each characters life as well as their motives.  I found Lily and Dash to be quirky, cool and smart. I love the way that they were written and I wouldn't expect anything less as Cohn and Levithan wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

I saved Dash and Lily's Book of Dares to read during the holiday season and I am so glad that I did!  Nothing beats New York City during Christmastime! The descriptions of the bustling city, Macy's and other city landmarks were spot on; I found myself dreaming of my own little adventure in the city.

I hear that they are going to make Dash and Lily's Book of Dares into a movie in 2013.  I will definitely be adding this book to my classroom library. I know that many students will be dreaming of putting their own notebooks in their local bookstore to see what adventures await.

*Read an excerpt 


  1. I thought this book was so cute, and definitely a good holiday read. I didn't know theyre making it into a movie!

  2. I never copies the cover of this book & listed it on my tbrlist/wishlist, but now I'm wondering why. It just sounds perfect for the hollidays & I really want to know what the dares exactly are. Maybe in December. :) Great review.

  3. I've heard this is a great seasonal read. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. I've heard great things about this one. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. I hadn't heard that they were making it into a movie! I loved Nick and Norah so I'll definitely have to check out Dash & Lily once its in theaters. I thought the book was wonderful!

  6. I really like dual narration when it's done well, it's fun to get into the heads of two separate characters. Sounds like this is definitely one of those times it is done well, so I'm looking forward to reading it! Maybe I'll wait until Christmastime next year though:)

  7. I've heard so many great reviews about this one. I really need to get reading it. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed it as well. It sounds so cute! It sounds like it will be a good movie (will need to read it before then!)


  8. Great review! I can't wait to read it now. I would definitely see that movie.

  9. Cute cover! I've been wanting to read this one for a while now. I'll definitely have to check it out. (:

  10. I want to read this one but I will save it for next holiday season. Great review!

  11. I'm not surprised that Dash & Lily will be a movie because the whole time I was reading it, I could picture it as a movie (I thought of Vanessa Hudgens as Lily and Logan Lerman as Dash for some reason).

    I am glad you liked this one too. I still haven't read Nick & Nora or watched the movie.

  12. This one sounds so cute! I'll have to get to it before the movie releases!

    I've been saying the same thing ever since The Hunger Games movie was announced, and I still haven't read that one!!!

  13. This sounds like such a great story. Good to know that the dual narration was nicely written, too. Lovely review!


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