Jan 112011

Title: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Author: David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publisher Date: October 26, 2010
Pages: 260
From Goodreads:
“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.
I read this book in three hours on the train – it was that good and I just could not put it down! Funny enough, I read this on my birthday (December 26), which was perfect because the book takes place over the Christmas holiday. Dash & Lily may become one of my holiday rereads every year.
I absolutely loved the back-and-forth dialogue between Dash and Lily. The authors did such a great job giving each character a distinctive voice so it was never confusing as to who was speaking. I enjoyed the internal dialogue of the characters the most. It was so much fun to hear their thoughts and see first-hand what was going through their minds as they passed the notebook back and forth.
I kept cracking up at all of the grammatical questions Dash and Lily would ponder about throughout the book. Is the plural of a Wii Wiii? Is it Macy’s’s? Being the word nerd that I am, these questions made me laugh out loud.
And speaking of laughing out loud…I got the WEIRDEST looks when I started laughing out loud on the train. And it happened often. The poor guy trying to nap next to me must have wanted to kill me. And page 152…I almost choked on my pretzels after I read one of the best quotes I have ever read. I won’t share it here because it might be mildly inappropriate (and show my immaturity) but I highly suggest you take a look when/if you read the book.
Even though the book is set over the holidays, Dash & Lily is the perfect read for any time of year. I am now convinced that I must read every other book David Levithan and Rachel Cohn have ever written!
And the winner is…Missie @ The Unread Reader!! Congrats Missie!
And now for the giveaway! My awesome Secret Santa sent me a copy of Dash & Lily for Christmas and I could not have been more excited. And then for some reason when I went to Borders over the holidays, I somehow ended up buying a second copy completely on accident. Woops! So instead of returning the copy I bought, I’m going to give it away and spread the love to one lucky winner! All you have to do is fill out the short form below. Don’t forget to check out my full contest rules before you enter.
-Open to US residents only (sorry international peeps!)
-Winner will have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner
-Contest ends at midnight CST on January 24
Good luck!!

  13 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares”

  1. Oh awesome! Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been really wanting to read this.

  2. Hey there! Just stopping by to let you know I’ve given you the Stylish Blogger Award, which you can find on my post here: http://bookaholic-worm.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-first-award.html

  3. Oh I really need to win this–the Chicago Public Library is being a total jerk. I’ve had it on hold for months now! Must remedy this situation. Looking forward to it: New York, The Strand, Grammar, YA? Four of my favorite things!

  4. I read this book right around Christmas as well, borrowed it from the library, and I would DIE if I finally got my own copy, well not really, but I would be super duper excited!

    And I loved this book as well! I laughed throughout the whole thing!

  5. ahh LOVE this book! You summed up my thoughts exactly. I have never laughed so much, OUT LOUD while reading a book before. I may steal your idea & make this book my re-read of the season every Christmas! Now I must know what is on pg. 152!!!

    Awesome giveaway!

  6. Ok, I SO need to read this now! I keep seeing people loving it, and I think the premise is just adorable! Great review, Tara, and thanks for the giveaway! :)

  7. Really fantastic review Tara! I love when a book makes you laugh out loud in public and people stare at you funny:) It does seem like a really cute story, and I love entirely random questions like what the plural of Wii would be!

  8. Page 152, huh? I’ll have to remember that ;)

    Awesome review! It made me laugh when I pictured you laughing on the train, and an old man giving you the stink eye lol

  9. Entered! Thank you so much for holding a contest where tweeting and adding up points isn’t required. Makes my day! <3


  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve heard really good things about this book.

  11. I got this book from the library and read it (loved it too!), but now I’m dying to know what’s on page 152! Haha, thanks for putting me in suspense! And great review, too!

  12. I’ve been wanting to read this! I hope I win :D I’ve never won anything before!! Haha yay, thank you!

  13. I love it when the a book causes you to laugh out loud even in front of strangers!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I’ve been wanting this one. *crosses fingers*

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