Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Details: Hardcover, 260 pgs.
Published: Oct. 26, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers 
isbn: 0375866590 (ISBN13: 9780375866593)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Received from: Purchased

“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?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

My Thoughts:
This was one of those books I lusted for.  It just sounded like my kind of book.  It took me awhile but I finally got it and O.M.G!  It’s my kind of book!  Even more so then I had thought!  And the whole time I was reading I was picking out the passages I loved.
My favorite part was the character’s.  I LOVED Dash and I loved Lily.  Their personalities were amazing!  I totally got them and I could read about the two of them forever!
The thing about this book was that the small details are what pushed this book up to amazing.  Like in the beginning Dash is explaining that he’s ‘bookish’.  Here’s what he says:
“I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable. I particularly loved the adjective bookish, which I found other people used about as often as ramrod or chum or teetotaler.”  
Another favorite quote was when Dash had to retrieve the notebook from Santa:
“Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait in line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.”
Dash’s descriptions of the workers at The Strand was exactly as I imagine.  I mean, that’s exactly how the worker’s at Powell’s and at my more local bookstore look.  Later Lily loses her boot and so she just puts on her regular shoe on her other foot.  She still wears the one boot though.  How many teenage girls would go in public and not care what people think?  Not that many.  I loved that about her!  There was a reason why she kept her boot on, but still…  All these little things were what made this one so good for me.  There are many amazing quotes in this book but I can’t hardly share them all with you.
Dash is sarcastic, snarky and smart and he just is one of those people that you can picture clear as day just by his personality.  Later when he was described (kind of) he was exactly as I had imagined.  Lily was pretty much the same way.  Her personality was different from Dash’s, but it was super strong.  She was definitely her own person and she did not try to be someone else.  
The first half of the book was a bit slower to me though I really loved the whole idea of the notebook.  I thought they were brilliant in their ideas of what to do with it for the next person.  I thought it was a great, and unique way for two people to get to know each other.  And because of their personalities I do think they got to know each other that way.  Others I would say it wouldn’t work for, but these two- it was perfect!  
The second half of the book moved faster and was impossible to put down!  It evoked those crazy feeling’s- you know where you scream at them and then want to jump in and kiss them and then maybe slap them… you get the point. 

This is my first book by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan but I have a feeling I’ll be carving out a place on a bookshelf for all their books.  Together and apart.  If all their books have the amazing character development this one does then I’ll be one of their biggest fans.
I give this 5/5 moons!  

You can find David Levithan on his website.
You can find Rachel Cohn on her website

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Disclosure: All opinions expressed are my own.  I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. I’ve seen this book around the blogosphere and thought it looked cute. But now, after your review, I see I’m actually going to have to put my hands on it and read it! Great review–I’m looking forward to reading it. :)

    The Book Swarm

  2. Great review!! Kindle has a thing where you can highlight and save passages to go look at later and all of my saved passages are by David Levithan!! The bookish one is one of them! I love the “…to the point of coming right out and saying it..” lol! I’m so happy you loved the book!

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