Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 26th 2010
“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 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.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is really cute. This story is perfect for the holidays. Dash is such a bookish nerd and I love it.
My favorite Dash quote:
“I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable.”
Dash makes me laugh. I love his snarly attitude. It went perfectly with Lily’s cheerful one. Like you got that sweet and salty combo mix. Dash has so many sarcastic remarks and each one is perfect.
Now Lily is full of sunshine and cheer. Part of me feels like she is trying to compensate for everything else that is going on in her life. I really loved that when Lily lost her book, Or left it behind, she walked about with one book and a sneaker. It was so random and it cracked me up.
My favorite Lily quote is:
“Children frighten me. I mean, I appreciate them on a cute aesthetic level, but they’re very demanding and unreasonable creatures and often smell funny.”
All in all, I think this is a really cute Christmas time of year story. I am glad that it was our book club pick for December because I enjoyed it a lot.