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Monday, August 29, 2011

"Dash and Lily's Book of Dares"

by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, YA, 2010, 260p, rating=4.5

“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? (Goodreads)

I really enjoyed this book.  It was teasingly fun and romantically hip.  I'm guessing that the obsession on words (OED, the Oxford English Dictionary) was part of Mr. Levithan's contribution seeing that he likes terminology (see his book The Lover's Dictionary).  It worked for me here because it wasn't overwhelming and it fit Dash's character. 

This book had me rooting for Dash and Lily's get-to-know-each-other adventure to succeed.  Their daring exploits was exciting and I relished the see-saw communication between the two.  The supporting characters were a fun addition as well.  Overall, I loved the romantic feel of the story.  A treasure of a YA find ... bold, charming, and curl your toes delightful.

The ending ... yeay!!  :)


  1. I loved this book soooo much! It makes me excited to see other people like it too, haha :o)

    The Lover's Dictionary is definitely on my To Read list - I've got high hopes for the wordy-ness...

  2. I just read this book and absolutely loved it! Then I loaned it to my sister and my cousin and they both loved it, too! It is definitely a keeper. :)

  3. It sure was a fabulous read!! Thanks ladies for stoppin' by. :)


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