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17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.
Amazing third novel by two amazing authors.
posted by GraceART on October 28, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
None of the characters introduced seemed that realistic to me, not even the secondary ones. Lily I found was a bit selfish and a hypocrite and she tended to dramatize everything while Dash was, well, rude and kind of a douche. Plus, there were so many convenient coincidences that made it even harder for the story to seem real.
I also didn't really like the writing. It felt like the authors were over-trying for humor but the result was not humorous or funny at all. It seems childish at parts and full of clichés. Furthermore, it was so predictable and not at all original; this is a story we have seen or heard of before.
Lastly, something else i didn't like at all was the way Lily referred to her things by adding her name to them, for example, her room (or bed) was the "Lily pad", her coffee was the "Lilychinno" and the world was apparently called the "Lilyverse". I did NOT enjoy these nicknames; I did NOT find them cute or smart.
Perhaps I'm being too harsh but I did not enjoy this book at all. Perhaps it just wasn't for me because I know there are a lot of people who did enjoy it and who have rated it highly. Perhaps it's just a matter of personal taste.
posted by mistressofdark on January 30, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2010
BRILLIANT, loved it!
A short fun read for sure, i asked myself after i finished it "Is it really over?" I didn't want it to end, it was great. Try it!
10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2010
Perfect Easy Read With a Twist
When i Read this book I was expecting an easy read. That is what i received but with a vocabulary lesson attached. On almost every page a new word would appear that you were not prepared for. The love of words by the characters brought a great element to the book. Although the plot does follow most teen reads it does add something that no other books I have read. The main characters', Dash and Lily, personalities brought was unexpected and had a great effect. This is because they are not your typical teen characters, they could be considered strange or different but in the best way possible. This is the perfect book for a person who enjoys books by these authors, romance, and teen novels in general. I suggest this book to all people looking for the perfect holiday book.
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2013
Audiobook Review: Sweet, lighthearted, and so much fun!! I
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Sweet, lighthearted, and so much fun!!
I may be the last person alive that hasn’t read Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. And after reading and loving this one so much, I will be remedying that asap. ;)
This story was told using alternating points-of-view. The two different narrators really brought this story to life. Such opposites, roaming the streets of New York City, both looking for ways to cope with their personal loneliness. I was routing for their inevitable meeting from the first page!
Dash, otherwise known as “snarly”, was just that. He was also a bit cynical and sarcastic at times. After a tough upbringing, coupled with the tough divorce of his parents, he has a reason to feel that way. Lily, on the other hand, was quite the opposite. Sweet, fun, and totally nerdy, she won be over instantly. She reminded me of Sue from The Middle, and while listening to this audio I couldn’t help but pictured Sue the entire time. :) Lily was overly in love with Christmas, but sadden by the “worst Christmas ever” that this one had turned out to be. Dash, on the other hand, hated Christmas, the cheer of others around him, and was most certainly NOT a happy little elf.
I loved the idea surrounding this story. Though I probably wouldn’t have had the guts to do half of the stuff these two dared each other to do (yeah, I’m a big baby at times.) I loved the fun-nature of its premise. I was smiling and happy, laughing constantly throughout this story. It was exactly what I needed to get me in the holiday spirit!
This was the perfect silly, super-sweet and totally fun story to get me in the mood for the chilly season that’s upon us. I adored this book, and I have a feeling others that enjoy fun-loving contemps will enjoy it as well!
Posted April 3, 2013
We are reading the story of our lives As though we were in it A
We are reading the story of our livesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As though we were in it
As though we had written it
I was a huge fan of the movie version of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist but somehow never got around to reading the book. If you met my TBR pile, you’d know why! So when I kept hearing good things about Cohn and Leviathan’s latest offering I knew I had to give it a whirl. I was a little wary as to whether the charm and frivolity captured so well in my beloved movie would be apparent on the written page of Dash&Lily and happily I wasn’t disappointed.
Dash & Lily is a breath of fresh air in the world of teenage romance books. A slow burner, we get to really know the characters seperately before they meet rather than a couple of breathless interactions before the inevitable teeth gnashing kiss or worse the long drawn out melodrama before the kiss happens and your nerves are screaming!
Both characters are at a loose end for Christmas as their respective parents are enjoying breaks abroad. Lily’s brother Langston, hoping for some time alone with his boyfriend devises a way for his little sister to meet a boy worthy of her high-brow attentions and writes clues in a little red moleskine notebook for the unassuming potential mate to find and follow to meet his prize.
Dash is that unassuming boy, wandering the aisles of his favourite bookshop, he takes the challenge and so begins an adventure of hijinks, laughter, introspection, heartbreak and love.
There are many adjectives to describe this book. Cute, smart, sweet, charming. It’s also somewhat irritating in its effort to be “Too cool for school” with it’s constant pop culture references that appeal to hipsters forever quoting Salinger, in their Toms loafers whilst uploading their latest pic to instagram. In spite of that, the heart of the story shines through as both characters long to find a place to belong and that special person to share it with.
The story flows remarkably well considering there was no actual discussion between the authors regarding plot points as they simply traded emails of latest chapters and continued where the other had left off. In the middle there’s a dip in the action and a melancholy period of introspection occurs which was difficult to get through. I don’t personally think it was the writing that was lacking but the subject matter that was slightly hard to swallow. The pain of two teenagers alone on Christmas may be a bit of a First World Problem but it was no less heartbreaking to read Dash & Lily trade memories of both their happiest and most painful of holiday memories. The sad moments are interspersed happily with moment of pure silliness, usually provided by Boomer, Dash’s irrespressible friend, forever getting into mischief whilst bringing our two heroes closer together.
The inevitable meet up is a disaster and the following awkwardness feels real and not oversimplified as often seen in similiar YA books. As the two navigate the minefield of their emotions and preconceptions of each other, their friendship deepens and they end up back where it all began…in the bookshop that brought two lonely souls together and gave them hope.
This book is a fun, light read with adorable,earnest characters, sweet and whilst painfully hipster-ish at time, never overly kitschy with quick-witted banter and intelligent characters with distinctive voices and personalities. Highly enjoyable!
Posted January 31, 2013
Posted January 30, 2013
Really cute story about Lily and Dash. Lily meets Dash by way of
Really cute story about Lily and Dash. Lily meets Dash by way of a notebook stuffed into some shelves at their mutually favorite bookstore. They pass the notebook back and forth daring each other to do things, but also jotting down their feelings and thoughts. These thoughts they might not otherwise share with just anybody, due to the anonymity of it all. The story's told in alternating narratives through Lily and Dash which I thought was just perfect.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Lily is kind of an introverted, but outgoing person - if that makes sense. She's all about Christmas, family, soccer, cooking, and her dog walking jobs. She doesn't have that many close friends, but she has great relationships with her various family members. She's very adventurous and free-spririted. Dash (or "connector of words" - which was one of his hints to Lily of what his name was) is sort of a hipster, in that too-cool-for-school kinda way, but he's not a total elitist or anything - just a little introverted and maybe just a little snobbish, but has many good friends. He is hilarious though. He's a vocab enthusist and I loved his wittiness. Once they finally meet up with each other in person, it's under hilarious and less than desirable circumstances. Great YA contemporary read!
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Posted January 30, 2013
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares was a very nice story. It is suc
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares was a very nice story. It is such a romantic idea to think you could meet someone through a secret journal at a bookstore. It really makes you want to go around and look for your own red notebook. I loved that it was told in both Dash and Lily's point of views and that most of the book was them running around town to figure out each other's clues. I didn't connect with Lily's charaacter very much in the beginning because of how innocent she was, but by the end I really loved her character. I think all the characters were great. I felt like the ending wasn't perfect, but overall it was a really great story with a very sweet and light plot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2013
Lily is (unhappily) all alone during the holidays, thanks to her
Lily is (unhappily) all alone during the holidays, thanks to her parents ditching her for a long-awaited vacation. In an effort to find someone who “gets” her, she leaves a red notebook on the shelf of a public bookstore. Dash, (happily) alone at Christmas after leting each of his divorced parents think he was spending the holiday with the other, is enjoying this quiet time to himself when he stumbles upon a red notebook on a shelf in The Strand. The notebook challenges Dash to complete a task and once he does, he challenges the notebook’s author right back. So begins a weekend of getting to know each other by writing their thoughts, dreams and desires in the notebook.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Dash and Lily were fun characters. They were both sweet and kind. They were each dealing with their own personal issues, though none were what I would call “deep”. They both seemed to know exactly what they wanted out of life, and how to get it. They had great senses of humor and were both willing to try something new and be adventurous. Before they met for real, you just knew they were going to get along fabulously.
There were a few things that bugged me, like the fact that Lily knew (or was related to) at least 1 person in practically every one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. That eventually became too unbelieveable. Also, their characters were just too hipster for me. Like David and Rachel were creating the coolest, most nonconformist characters they could think of. But there were also things I enjoyed about the book, like the alternating points of view (Dash and Lily, natch). They were both authentic and that made it easy to get into their heads. I loved the little snippets of New York sprinkled throughout the book.
The cover is adorable and perfect for this light holiday read. The snow, the city street signs and the little heart in the crosswalk sign all work together magically.
The sum up: A quick and fun read full of Christmas spirit.
Posted January 9, 2013
A hilariously delightful boy-meets-girl-in-an-unconventional-way
A hilariously delightful boy-meets-girl-in-an-unconventional-way-and-then-some kind of story!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
ZOMG. Where can I find my own Dash?!
I was supposed to read this book last December 2012, but I kept putting it off because of so many things. Mainly because the holidays was such a busy time for me. Now, that I've actually finished reading it, I regret not reading it sooner!
The beginning was slow. Well, for me it was slow because both Lily and Dash has this habit of ranting on and on about so many random things one after the other inside their heads. As each chapter was written on their point-of-view alternately, you can just imagine how their thoughts can go astray in a matter of seconds. However, I felt that the beginning was necessary for the reader to get fully acquainted with the protagonists. Personally, the beginning helped establish the characters.
Dash and Lily are also very lovable characters. They couldn't be more different yet they found a kindred soul in one another. They're not your average angsty teens who rebel at the smallest opportunity. Well, they have their own problems, but you don't see them wallowing in sorrow over them. Also, they are very relatable because both of them have their own quirks that make them unique. They are exactly your average teenagers; they are still trying to figure out where they were supposed to fit in.
Early in the story, I already found myself leaning towards Dash because I'm a little bit of a sapiosexual. And no, sapiosexual doesn't mean anything dirty. It just means I get attracted to intelligent people. Dash sure is intelligent, although a bit of a smartass at times, but still kind and charming. And I admit that I pretty much sounded like a freak because I admitted being attracted to a fictional character. Oh, well.
The storyline is simple yet endearing. It reminds me of innocence and pleasant naivety. Surprisingly, this book is the sort that does nothing potentially ground-breaking or even jaw-dropping, but makes you stay to read one more page nonetheless. Also, the writing is vivid and quirky! It's the kind that can be so random at times yet still stay in-sync to the plot of the story. The witty remarks from Dash were especially appreciated. I love sarcasm especially if it's used effectively.
Oh, and the lines! So many dialogues and lines that can be quoted! I just loved it. To end this review, I'd go with the line I loved most: "I love books about freaks." Because I am one. You might be, too. Let's be freaks together?
Posted December 26, 2012
Sweet little read
Dash and Lily couldn't be more different. Lily is a naive, innocent, overprotected girl and Dash is a mature, snarly word nerd literally left alone over the holidays due to parental negligence. But when they begin trading dares in a little red notebook, they each fall in love with the idea of the other person. This book was a sweet, funny, easy to read romance. I laughed out loud during the part with Boris and the WashingtonSquareMommies. In general, I liked Dash's character more than Lily's. Lily was a bit too whiny and desperate, although she did not bother me to the point of not liking the book. However, both the characters had real problems. Thei pasts were not made horrible just to make them seem more interesting. They were broken, but in the truest possible way. This book is definitely worth checking out if you want something quick and entertaining.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2012
Cute, funny and well-written
What else can I say about Lily and Dash that most people haven't said already? I loved this book and it was just what I needed at the moment: something cute, fun, entertaining, well-written... Lily is a sixteen yo nerdy book worm who goes to an all-girl school. Since she is spending Christmas alone, her brother decides that she should get a boyfriend. And if there's a perfect guy for Lily, he is most likely to be found browsing old editions of Salinger's books. Lily places a red Moleskin journal with the first clues. But when Dash finds the journal and solves the first riddle, he doesn't end the game just yet, but decides that it takes two to play this game... This book was hilariously funny and intellectually very satisfying. I mean, hello. You have two bookworms passing bookish clues back and forth. I don't even have to mention the number of lit references or Dash's annoyances over misspelled words, incorrect grammar or misplaced books and DVDs. As lit nerdy as it gets, and, as a character, I adored him. He is so wonderfully sarcastic, observant,a "snarly wannabee hipster", sometimes too smart for his own good. Lily's dares for him put him in the most hilarious situations. At places I was laughing so hard that my family gave me weird looks. Recall the scene with Santa. Still, at some point he lapses into a Werther-like state of self-pity and worldschmerz that was completely out of place. Luckily, that only lasted for a few pages. I was not so much in love with Lily, though, and enjoyed her part less. If Dash feels too mature sometimes, she is too childish. As the baby in the family, she is overprotected, well-read too, but too sensitive. But despite Dash and Lily being so different, as a couple they are fantastic. I can see why these two opposites would attract each other. Similarly, I enjoyed Levithan's writing more than Cohn's. I would recommend this book for the upcoming Christmas season. The setting and the atmosphere-New York at Christmas time-was enchanting. If you're looking for a cute contemporary teen romance with great writing and lots of humor...well, what are you waiting for?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2012
As you may have read before through other comments, I loved this book. The developed characters of Dash and Lily were amazing themselves. I'll admit it, at some parts (especially during the family flash backs or moments) I thouhgt it was a bit of a drag. I liked Dash's rude and arrogant attitude at times and Lily's innocence soemtimes made it hard to connect with her and her situation. I think when she was writing the dares that her hopes were a bit too high and that when she found out it was Dash she was like 'oh no'. A good read none the less. Please grab a copy and sit down and enjoy the ride.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2012
Except for one minor detail...the female protagonist reminded me of my one crazy college roommate, but don't let that discourage you!!! Clearly it didn't discourage me :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2012
Posted March 6, 2012
Dash & Lily¿s Book of Dares- A light comedy about books, holiday spirit, books, finding love and more books. A fantastic holiday read to warm your heart!
The story switches between Dash's and Lily’s point of view. Each chapter gives entertaining and insightful excursions into both of their lives and emotions. Rachel Cohn wrote Lily’s and David Levithan Dash’s chapters and although they hadn’t worked out a storyline beforehand and just passed each new written chapter on to the other so he could continue writing, the writing style doesn’t appear incoherent or cut up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Rachel’s and David’s individual writing style, their own ideas of a good joke or a meaningful quote fits the development of our protagonists, Dash and Lily, perfectly. Dash is a down-to-earth book lover whose best method to survive Christmas festivities is ignorance. Lily, on the other hand appears as a little angel, that can’t wait to spread Christmas spirit everywhere. The very contrary opinions about Christmas and also very different character traits contribute to a lively dialogue and cause anticipation.
Secondary characters like family members, friends or curious strangers complete the picture of a rich character ensemble.
We’ve got wonderful quotations of famous authors, hilarious dares and two profound protagonists that want to spend their Christmas holidays together with us. Some would say Dash & Lily’s story is set or begins in the Strand Bookstore, I would say in heaven. As a booklover one has to love this book even more just because of its setting and various relations to books.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares always circles around the little red notebook and its exchange between Dash and Lily. I consider this little red notebook as a fantastic idea to create a dynamic writing style and storyline but above all it stands for so much more than having new adventures, accepting hilarious dares or getting the chance to fall in love. This little red notebook and so Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is about writing your own story, creating your life as exciting and unique as you like it, never hesitating to write down a new so far unknown phrase.
Have you bought your little red notebook and started daring yet? If the answer is no, then Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is the right choice to get introduced to the trendiest way of finding new companions and fellow book lovers over the holidays or any other time of the year.
Dash and Lily is an adorable holiday read and I fear I don’t have to dare you to put this novel up but put it down again!
Posted January 21, 2012
Posted December 28, 2011
Posted December 4, 2011
This is a great book for the winter months!
I really enjoyed this book and loved the change of character you see in Lily.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book is cute, fun and simple.
I liked it though it didn't quite lived up to what I imagined it would in my head.
Posted November 13, 2011
At first i got this book because I was bored.. So I started reading and i was like okay a note in a book for the eternal gay.. and i put the book down. And then a few weeks later i read a few more pages and I just kept on readin it. It was a sweet romance mystery and a little bit odd. Lots of gay relationships though... But it reminds me of passin notes in class. I recommend it to those that like edgy books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.