Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 26th 2010
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday, Young Adult
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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 ofNick & 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.
Adorably festive, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares was exactly the light and fun book I needed at this time of year and will truly become one of my favorites.
Right from the beginning I was swept away on this adventure between Lily and Dash. Dash happens upon a red notebook with a list of clues to find that was left by Lily, on the urging of her brother and his boyfriend to help keep her occupied. Both characters find themselves semi-alone for Christmas, though they have different feelings about that. We are taken from one crazy adventure to the next and I found myself laughing and smiling through each and every one. I don’t even care that some of the circumstances were cheesy or silly because it was all just so much fun! When Dash gets stuck going to Macy’s on Christmas Eve and having to sit on Santa’s lap to get the next clue, or when Lily loses her boot a la Cinderella in her efforts to ditch a situation she gets nervous about, both are just a couple of many moments that had me in stitches. It doesn’t even sound as great coming from me here I realize, but how it was all thrown together on the pages was so charming. I was kept on the edge or my seat, wanting to discover what surprises the characters would throw at each other next.
Both Lily and Dash were sweet, likable characters. Lily is this quirky, Christmas-loving, ‘marches to the beat of her own drum’ (quite literally since she is wearing majorette boots) kind of girl who is thoroughly upset that her parents have left her for the Holiday. Dash is another who doesn’t fit the ‘typical’ teenage mold. He is a huge reader who desires to own the complete volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary. Also, he really doesn’t like Christmas. Together though? Magic happens I swear. Their adventures were just really and truly a riot. I heart them both. Seriously.
If you are looking for some light entertainment to fill you with joy this Holiday season, I implore you to pick up a copy of this book and get lost in the pages.