Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

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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 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 ...

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Overview

"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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cohn and Levithan use a familiar but fun formula for this holiday-themed collaboration--think Saint Nick & Norah--mixing an enticing premise with offbeat characters and some introspective soul searching. Two New York City teens left alone for Christmas "meet" when Dash discovers Lily's cryptic notebook wedged between J.D. Salinger books at the Strand. Its clues lead him on a treasure hunt through the bookstore; he responds with his own clues, and soon they are using the notebook to send each other on adventures across the city and to trade their "innermost feelings and thoughts." Fans will enjoy the zingy descriptions and characterizations that populate this Big Apple romp (at one point, Dash must reach inside the coat of the Macy's Santa to retrieve Lily's message; later, he sends her to go see a "gay Jewish dancepop/indie/punk band called Silly Rabbi, Tricks Are for Yids"). Readers will be ready for the real romance to start long before the inevitable conclusion, but as with this duo's past books, there are more than enough amusing turns of phrase and zigzag plot twists to keep their attention. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
The premise of this smart, funny yet touching novel has the two protagonists, Dash (short for Dashiell) and Lily, getting to know each other by writing about themselves in Lily's red Moleskin notebook, which they hide in obscure locations for the other to find. Dash first finds the notebook, four days before Christmas, while scanning the shelves at New York's Strand Book Store. Though they've never met, they soon share their innermost feelings and thoughts. In addition to being unpopular (she gets along with everybody by not being friends with anyone) and weird, Lily's life is complicated by the fact that her parents are considering moving to Fiji, where they are vacationing over the holiday, leaving her behind with her older brother and his boyfriend. With divorced parents, Dash, too, is on his own. Her Christmas wish is to believe that she will find her special person. Dash's wish is to make enough money to buy the Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary. Though in different ways, each is looking for meaning. Told in alternating first-person accounts, the story is also peppered with quirky characters (such as her Grandpa, who is trying to convince a widow nicknamed Glamma to marry him) and locations (for instance, a nightclub holding a Hannukah show and guarded by a drag-queen). When Dash and Lily finally meet, they land in high jinks. The ending is equally creative, improbable, and satisfying. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
VOYA - Betsy Johnston
With Christmas vacation looking dismal, Lily accepts her brother's challenge and leaves a red moleskin notebook cleverly positioned on a shelf in the Strand bookstore. Inside are clues that she hopes will lead to her perfect mate, date, or even first kiss. "Word nerd" Dash discovers the notebook and relishes the escape from the "ersatz cheer" of Christmas that the puzzle-like dares propose. As the notebook travels back and forth, the clues encourage Lily and Dash to reveal their inner thoughts. But when they eventually meet, it is far from kismet. On New Year's Eve they accidentally get locked inside the Strand. It is neither the perfect date nor the perfect kiss, but it does give them the perfect opportunity to anticipate a special relationship. Cohn and Levithan (Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist [Knopf/Random House,2006]) obviously had fun creating the alternating voices of Lily and Dash. Both are refreshing and likable in their individuality and quest for self-discovery. Love of the literary does not preclude them from acting like other sixteen year olds. Lily takes sips of alcohol (disastrous results), and Dash spews the odd f-bomb. Full of New York City experiences—Madame Tussaud's Wax Gallery—and humorous slapstick scenes—Dash's encounter with Macy's Santa—the plot also contains a few twists. Although a gay relationship is out in the open, there is no graphic sex. Full of crisp vocabulary and diverse media and literary references, this light-hearted romance should have broad appeal. Reviewer: Betsy Johnston
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Dash and Lily, 16, find themselves on their own in Manhattan at Christmas. Dash is alone by choice—he's told each of his divorced parents that he's spending the holiday with the other, leaving them both to take vacations out of town. Lily's parents are taking the honeymoon they couldn't afford when they got married. They think that Lily is in the capable hands of her older brother, but he's less interested in her than in his new boyfriend, and then he gets sick and spends most of the holiday in bed. He does, however, start in motion the activity that is central to the story. It involves a red Moleskine notebook with a list of literary clues that Lily leaves in the stacks at the Strand bookstore. Bookish and erudite Dash finds it and is intrigued enough to follow Lily's lead and leave some clues of his own. The dares in the book's title refer to innocent things such as going to various crowded places like Macy's and FAO Schwartz to pick up messages. As the dares go on, the teens reveal more and more about themselves in the pages of the notebook, until they finally meet under the worst possible circumstances. While the words, ideas, and sentiments are not those of typical kids, they are not out of the realm of possibility for well-read teens. As they did in Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (Knopf, 2006), the authors combine their talents to write an appealing book. It makes readers long to buy a notebook, begin filling its pages, and find a friend who might turn out to be more. This book will spend as much time off the shelf as Lily's notebook.—Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL
Kirkus Reviews

Grudging hipster love story meets un-ironic Christmas romance in this dual-narrator tale—an awkward but ultimately acceptable pairing not unlike that of the two title characters. One afternoon in late December, pretentious, world-weary Dash visits "that bastion of titillating erudition," New York City's Strand Bookstore. Next to a copy of his beloved Franny and Zooey, Dash discovers a red notebook with instructions inside for a sort of scavenger hunt through the store. He responds with an assignment of his own, and soon he and the elusive Lily are sending each other on absurd adventures throughout the city. The two are ringed by a merry band of side characters—among them, an unnervingly friendly department-store Santa, a big-hearted oaf and a pair of gay, fedora-topped "unorthodox Jews"—but the real show-stealer is Lily, an unabashed cookie-baking, embroidered-reindeer-skirt-wearing, dog-loving and ever so occasionally tantrum-throwing force of nature. Believable? No. Formulaic? A bit. But good fun, with some wisdom to boot. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307915870
  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Series: Dash and Lily
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,239,281
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Rachel Cohn
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan have written three books together. Their first, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, was made into a movie starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, directed by Peter Sollett. Their second, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. For their third book, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, David wrote Dash’s chapters and Rachel wrote Lily’s. Although they did not pass the chapters back and forth in a red Moleskine notebook, they did email them to each other without planning anything out beforehand. That’s the way they work.

Rachel’s previous books include Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake, You Know Where to Find Me, and Very LeFreak. David’s previous books include Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, Are We There Yet?, Wide Awake, Love Is the Higher Law, and How They Met, and Other Stories.

For more information about Rachel and David, you can find them at RachelCohn.com and DavidLevithan.com, respectively. You may also catch them in the aisles at the Strand.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Read an Excerpt

-Dash-
December 21st

Imagine this:

You're in your favorite bookstore, scanning the shelves. You get to the section where a favorite author's books reside, and there, nestled in comfortably between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook.

What do you do?

The choice, I think, is obvious:

You take down the red notebook and open it.

And then you do whatever it tells you to do.

It was Christmastime in New York City, the most detestable time of the year. The moo-like crowds, the endless visits from hapless relatives, the ersatz cheer, the joyless attempts at joyfulness--my natural aversion to human contact could only intensify in this context. Wherever I went, I was on the wrong end of the stampede. I was not willing to grant "salvation" through any "army." I would never care about the whiteness of Christmas. I was a Decemberist, a Bolshevik, a career criminal, a philatelist trapped by unknowable anguish--whatever everyone else was not, I was willing to be. I walked as invisibly as I could through the Pavlovian spend-drunk hordes, the broken winter breakers, the foreigners who had flown halfway across the world to see the lighting of a tree without realizing how completely pagan such a ritual was.

The only bright side of this dim season was that school was shuttered (presumably so everyone could shop ad nauseam and discover that family, like arsenic, works best in small doses . . . unless you prefer to die). This year I had managed to become a voluntary orphan for Christmas, telling my mother that I was spending it with my father, and my father that I was spending it with my mother, so that each of them booked nonrefundable vacations with their post-divorce paramours. My parents hadn't spoken to each other in eight years, which gave me a lot of leeway in the determination of factual accuracy, and therefore a lot of time to myself.

I was popping back and forth between their apartments while they were away--but mostly I was spending time in the Strand, that bastion of titillating erudition, not so much a bookstore as the collision of a hundred different bookstores, with literary wreckage strewn over eighteen miles of shelves. All the clerks there saunter-slouch around distractedly in their skinny jeans and their thrift-store button-downs, like older siblings who will never, ever be bothered to talk to you or care about you or even acknowledge your existence if their friends are around . . . which they always are. Some bookstores want you to believe they're a community center, like they need to host a cookie-making class in order to sell you some Proust. But the Strand leaves you completely on your own, caught between the warring forces of organization and idiosyncrasy, with idiosyncrasy winning every time. In other words, it was my kind of graveyard.

I was usually in the mood to look for nothing in particular when I went to the Strand. Some days I would decide that the afternoon was sponsored by a particular letter, and would visit each and every section to check out the authors whose last names began with that letter. Other days, I would decide to tackle a single section, or would investigate the recently unloaded tomes, thrown in bins that never really conformed to alphabetization. Or maybe I'd only look at books with green covers, because it had been too long since I'd read a book with a green cover.

I could have been hanging out with my friends, but most of them were hanging out with their families or...

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    Amazing third novel by two amazing authors.

    If you've never read a book written by both Rachel Cohn and David Levithan you are difinetly missing out. Their first book, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, was amazing and in my opinion this one was even better. Told in alternating points of view the story unfolds through a small red mole-skin notebook and by the... end I was eagerly awaiting the two of them to meet. Dash's chapters written by David and Lily's by Rachel they complement each other perfectly and make you laugh at loud with the things they come up with. I personally felt a great connection to this book and was rooting for the two of them to end up together by the last few chapters. A nice read that will also increase your vocabulary skills, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares is a must for any of you who've read their other books (written alone or together) or if you just want a good old fashioned love story with some gay boys, books, and a love of words. Now that I've read this book I personally want to go out and make my own notebook, leaving it in a local used bookstore and see what adventures it sends me on. Definetly an amazing book by all of my standards.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • 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.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

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    Awesome!! Must read this! :DDD

    This book is one of the best I've ever read! I literaly could NOT put it down. Every second was intriguing. It was well written and it was HILARIOUS! I'm not kidding. I would highly recommend this book. I promise you will at least laugh. Even if you don't like the book. It's hard not to. :D

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

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    Wonderful Story

    This story makes you want to get a notebook find a bookstore and hide it. Very intriguing story.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Love love love it!!

    I absolutely adore this book! Ive read it too many times to remember. Perfect for reading during winter(even if you dont live in NYC). Dont we all wish this would happen to us girls?! Great buy!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • 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.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

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    Disappointed

    I generally disliked this book. I just felt it was weak in so many ways. First of all, the story is already a known one, but that wasn't the reason I disliked it. It could still have been interesting and there were a few parts (only when the red notebook was concerned) that were rather interesting, but not that many. I found myself rushing through the parts where the characters talked about their lives because I just couldn't care less about them and their family. Perhaps it was because I couldn't identify with the characters, i just didn't find them that likeable, or at least they didn't appeal to me at all.

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Loved it!!

    AWESOME!!! I loved it, its different than most love stories, i could not put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

    Funny, witty, and fantastic!

    This book kept me laughing hysterically and completely absorbed and enthralled through every page. Not only was it a blast to read, but also had some really deep points to it while maintaining it's very realistic feel. I highly recommend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    cute quick read

    This book had everything I was looking for. I could easily relate to the characters and Rachel Cohn and David Levithans writing is superb. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    The Greatest Meet

    This has the funniest lines and cutest couple. Did very well an deveryone I've recommended this to, love dit just a smuch as me. Worth it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Best Book Ever

    I love this book its funny, creative and very fun to read! It is also a book for a reader who likes quick funny easy book to read. I also want to state I hate books that every other chapter is told from a diffrent charcter, but this book was easy to understand unlike most. I loved this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    A Clever and Captivating Read

    This novel, although (I'm assuming) geared toward an audience of teenage readers, is a fun and interesting read for both teens and adults alike. Through the use of highly likeable characters (I adore Boomer for his vigor and enthusiasm for life), a witty and cleverly designed plot, and surprisingly elegant prose, the authors manage to present readers with a cute, feel-good, romance story without being too overtly romantic (which I found to be refreshing, actually). What's more, the story addresses realistic teenage issues in a manner quite opposite the continually whiny over-angst so highly favored in by many authors today. Overall, a well-paced, amusing novel that I would readily recommend to teens and adults.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    LOVED it!

    Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist has been an absolute favorite of mine since I read it! This book was ALMOST as good! (like I said, it's a FAV! Hard to compete) but I love the reality these authors bring to teenagers. I'm not a fan of YA fiction because so often the teens are depicted as being very unlike any teenager I've ever met... But books by these authors never fail to make me smile and remember my own teen years. Perfect! Amazing! LOVE it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    ?

    Cant deside wether to buy or not i have ten dollar bugget and cant seem to no which book to buy this one or the sillmarilion please get back to me soon any one who reads this :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Best Read In A Long Time

    Stays true to it's NYC setting; very "snarly"; great book to read at any time!

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

    Audiobook Review: Sweet, lighthearted, and so much fun!! I

    Audiobook Review:

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Broken

    Double wow"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Flutterhy and Hope

    Fluttershy finds Angel amd falls asleep. <br>
    Hope taks off her costume and dances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Rainbow Dash

    *Flutters down by flapping just the tips of her wings. Lands next to Fluttershy.* Thanks, Flutters!

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