Girls*Heart* Books: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan: Review & Giveaway

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan: Review & Giveaway

“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?

I was lucky enough to be approved for a galley of this book and the timing coincided perfectly with the October HVYAS event at Oblong Books & Music where David Levithan would be.  This book caught my attention from the first moment I heard about it on Goodreads. I immediately wished I'd thought of doing something like this. How fun and clever to start a quasi scavenger hunt with an intriguing stranger. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are a crack writing team in my opinion. I read this book in less than a day- I could NOT put it down. I made myself late getting back from breaks at work and sat in front of my computer at home, supposedly chatting with friends and checking email-but really, I was devouring Dash & Lily's story. 

The characters in Dash & Lily's Book of Dares ensnared my attention from the opening lines.  Every character is fleshed out and important to the story. No one is an afterthought and the secondary characters do a lot of scene stealing. Honestly, my very favorite character in the whole book is Dash's good friend, Boomer. He is sincere, sweet and hilarious and such a true friend to Dash, I don't know how anyone can read this book and not fall at least a little bit in love with him. 

Sweet, funny and touching, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares had me laughing and crying throughout.  I absolutely adored this book from beginning to end and I have been gushing about it to everyone I know since I finished it.  I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. A must read! 

My Rating: 
And now for the giveaway! 
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David Levithan
Rachel Cohn

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.
Rachel Cohn grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she's not reading other people's books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.


  1. I try not to take life too seriously, especially since my daughters were born, they've taught me to just take it easy and have fun every second of the day, so if I found this book I think I would definitely go for it.

  2. Hey, Mel? Those friends you were "supposedly" chatting with knew you weren't paying attention... ;) Hehe. Can't wait to read this!

  3. I so want to win this book! It sounds exactly like something I would love!!

    If I found a book with clues would I follow the clues? Gosh, I like to think I'm adventurous, but I'm not :/ lol I'm adventurous in my mind and I can think of all those wonderful things I want to do and write them down! So probably wouldn't follow the clues, but would give them to a friend I know for a fact would do it! :)

  4. I honestly would probably put it back on the shelf.

  5. I would like to think that I could follow it. It would be something fun. Even just to meet someone completely new and random.

  6. There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be able to just put the notebook back and walk away. I wish something like that would happen to me!

  7. I would want to follow it, but I don't think I could it

  8. If I found a notebook full of clues, I would for sure try and follow it. Until I got hungry...

  9. I would definitely start following but if I followed through to the end would depend on how boring or easy it was

  10. I would definitely follow it. Guess it's my personality, but I would enjoy following and figuring out the clues. This book sounds "delish"

  11. I would want to follow it, but I don't think I could it

  12. it depends on how weird the dares are. ;) lol

  13. Oh I would definitely follow them! There may be a pot of gold at the end. LOL I keep hearing such wonderful things about this book. I am very excited to read it.

    Thanks for the opportunity,

  14. In theory I would pursue it but in real life I don't think I would.


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