It was a really sweet, but not too overly kitschy read featuring two likeable main characters The spirit of the festive season came across in a great way and I enjoyed the dares passing between Lily and Dash with the help of a red notebook Their story is probably not too realistic and would never happen in real life, but it was great to get lost in their almost fairytale like romance for a few hours If you are looking for a light and sweet read that still has a little special touch to get in the mood for Christmas and snow, I would recommend you give this book a try It will not change your life or make a lasting expression with its message, but it s a lot of fun.
The only thing that annoyed me Dash and Lily come across as a little too sophisticated for my taste The way they talk seems sometimes almost unrealistic for two teenagers Also, they both love to read, and of course their love for books covers only the classics In my opinion, you don t have to be a huge fan of the classics and only the classics to be allowed to call yourself a booklover.
That being said, I nevertheless enjoyed Dash and Lily s Book of Dares, although I still like the other novel I read by Cohn and Leviathian, Nick Norah s Infinite Playlist, a lot .
5 stars Anyone up for a Christmas story in July This book put me in such a Holiday mood that I immediately downloaded the movie Almost Christmas on my computer upon starting it It wasn t as good as this book Rachel Cohn and David Levithan rock Jingle all the way I don t know of acurious and fitting writing pair Or maybe I do, but I just can t think of any right now I m still recuperating from the Christmas love Ah, it hurts not to be in December right now Never you mind that No Canadian in their right mind would wish for winter to come Back to the book a book about books and dares and romances it was quite charming Dash and Lily do not know each other, but slowly they will Dash finds a book leading to Lily if he dares and he does dare indeed And so begins a series of unfortunate events for both characters Kidding Sort of Not all dares are elegant and not all dares are enchanting A dare is a dare because it s challenging and takes willingness What will come out of it remains to be seen for you This is a book about relationships forming new ones and figuring existing ones out Dash thought he was in love once, perhaps he was wrong Lily never kissed a boy, perhaps this is her turn to smooch Bleh, I feel old just saying that smooch Bleeeeeh I might need to wash my mouth So anyway, lovely book A little unrealistic towards the end why did you need to bring in the media, authors but otherwise a satisfying Christmas romance Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin A Whirlwind Romance From The New York Times Bestselling Authors Of Nick Norah S Infinite PlaylistI 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 Year Old Lily Has Left A Red Notebook Full Of Challenges On Her Favorite bookstore Shelf, Waiting For Just The Right Guy To Come Along And Accept Its Dares Dash, In A Bad Mood During The Holidays, Happens To Be The First Guy To Pick Up The Notebook And Rise To Its Challenges What Follows Is A Whirlwind Romance As Dash And Lily Trade Dares, Dreams, And Desires In The Notebook They Pass Back And Forth At Locations All Across New York City But Can Their In Person Selves Possibly Connect As Well As Their Notebook Versions, Or Will Their Scavenger Hunt End In A Comic Mismatch Of Disastrous Proportions I can t even finish this The pretension nauseates me When page upon page is spent quoting books in an effort to I don t know Reinforce that the character is smart It s like a brick to the head I don t need you to prove to me how smart your character is How edgy and hipster he is How quirky and earnest she is Just show me in context with an interesting storyline which it has , and strong characters which it could have had.
Okay at first I didn t think I was going to like this book like I did Nick Norah s Infinite Playlist but after I kept reading it I was wrong I laughed so hard at certain parts that I almost peed myself I really needed that today tonight No peeing myself but a great laugh Lily s parents leave her and her brother for the Christmas holidays, they go to Fiji Their grandpa went off to Florida to see his girlfriend and Lily s brother is only interested in spending time with his boyfriend So, Lily s brother Langston gives her the idea about the notebook She fills this red notebook full of stuff and puts it in the bookstore in between some shelves hoping maybe someone would find it And guess what They did, Dash found the notebook and did his part of the dares, nothing too extreme and then he was supposed to leave the notebook in a place or with a person that Lily chose This went on through out the story with them both giving each other things to do and then leave the notebook in weird places or with people they recruited I thought it was so charming and cute Some of the stuff was so hilarious and weird and I want to do it I love that these two lonely people happen to find each other at Christmas to do all of this craziness It was sooooo much fun At some point they do want to meet each other but some things go wrong and Dash has to run around and try to find Lily She ran away and forgot to leave the notebook So he has to go back to people that were involved and try to find her He does eventually find her but it wasn t the greatest of times to find her so they part ways Then Lily sets out to find Dash, oh and Dash has this hilarious friend named Boomer that actually became friends with Lily before Dash did There are other characters that are really cool in the book too and it seems some of them are on the couples side But oh the horror when Lily and Dash meet up again in person Lily had just posted a sign where Dash lived and was on her way walking one of her dogs from her pet sitting and he was a bull mastiff Lord have mercy, this is where I startedumhaving pee moments and they kept going for quite some time I thought I was going to crack a rib I was laughing so hard I need not have posted the sign, however Because five minutes after I posted it, Boris started loudly barking at a teenage boy who approached me as I scooped up the biggest piece of dog dung I d ever seen Lily I looked up from my plastic bag filled with giant poo Of course It was Dash.
Who else would find me at this moment First he found me drunk, now he found me cleaning up poo from a barking pony who was about to go into attack mode.
That s not even half of it, there s the ice skating with the dog not by choice , flying giant poo, child killers not really and the save the flying baby tackle Oh and the little bit of time in jail I freaking loved it I love these authors I wantof their books Anything that makes me happy and almost, um, pee my pants I wantof in my life Thank you and goodnight MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List I really liked this I loved the characters and reading from their perspectives and how different they were The premise and the plot and a lot of the quotes from this book were SO GREAT My main hang up was that the two main characters used words and phrases that even I didn t know or wouldn t use and I am TWENTY FIVE Obviously, teenagers are awesome and can speak however the heck they want, but sometimes when YA books portray teenagers as knowing everything and speaking really audaciously, it irks me It didn t bother me enough to dislike this book, but there were a few times it was just a little too much BUT OVERALL GREAT IF YOU LIKE CONTEMP YOU WILL PROBABLY LIKE THIS.
The important people in our lives leave imprints They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart There s no getting over that This book was worth reading for this scene alone I ve been missing my best friend a lot, especially with the holidays coming up Reading something like this was what I needed to be reminded of.
This was such a cute book and I m happy that I read it just in time for Christmas I couldn t give it a 5 5 even though I loved the plot because I never really connected to the characters and they annoyed me at times However, definitely read this if you haven t, especially during December This was such a fun and cute Christmas read I didn t expect to enjoy it as much as I did but it was a very welcome surprise