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Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Posted October 2, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David LevithanReviewer: Rowena
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1) by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 26th 2010
Pages: 260
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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 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.

What a short read this book turned out to be and an enjoyable short read, too.

I really enjoyed this book because the concept behind the whole book of dares thing was just too cute for words.  This book made it onto my radar because Ames read and liked it.  I can almost always tell that I’m going to like a book that Ames has liked because I haven’t disliked a book that she’s recommended me.

This book follows young Dash and Lily as they get to know each other through a red notebook with clues to their next adventures.  They get to know each other through these clues and they grow closer over their Christmas holidays spent without their parents.  Dash found Lily’s red notebook at the Strand bookstore in NYC and followed the clues set forth in the book and the back and forth between the two of them began.  The way that these two “meet” was too cute for words.  I loved the clues, I loved the notebook and I loved seeing these two come together because really, they were too adorable for words.

Dash is loner type of guy who’s been through a tough custody battle between his parent so he’s a lot wiser than his young years and he’s tricks his parents into leaving him alone for the Christmas holiday.  Lily is kind of the opposite as Dash where she loves Christmas and is not happy that her parents took their 25 year anniversary trip over the Christmas holiday.

The two of them made quite the pair and I really thought that Cohn and Levithan wrote a great story with two characters that I came to love over the course of the book.  I’m really looking forward to reading more by these two (I haven’t read Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist but I will now).  This book was enjoyable but as much as I enjoyed it, I wanted more to the ending.  The way that it ended, I hope that there’s another story to follow.  I’m totally crossing my fingers for another book featuring these two.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories by either author or really, to anyone who enjoys contemporary YA.  This book doesn’t disappoint.

…and that’s your scoop!

This book is available from Mira Ink. This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Posted August 3, 2010 by Ames in Reviews | 6 Comments

Naomi and Ely are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their “No Kiss List” of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine – until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi’s boyfriend, so there’s no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce even though he is boring. The result: a rift of universal proportions and the potential end of “Naomi and Ely: the institution.” Can these best friends come back together again?

I wanted to read this one because it was written by the same people who wrote Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I didn’t read that book, but I watched and loved that movie.

Naomi and Ely are bff. Big time. They live across the hall from each other, they grew up together, and even the fact that Naomi’s dad slept with Ely’s mom didn’t break up their friendship. But when Ely kisses Naomi’s boyfriend Bruce, Naomi has to face the fact that Naomi doesn’t love her that way and she blows up at him. Feeling guilty and not really understanding why Naomi freaked out, Ely gets mad too – and so epic meltdown begins. Naomi creates a list of rules, locations where they cannot be in the same space at the same time. The building tenants are divided in their loyalties and more than a few people are happy about the split (namely guys who love Naomi).

This book was fun! It’s told from a few different perspectives. Naomi and Ely’s of course. Then there’s Gabriel, the hot new doorman (who was #2 on the no kiss list), Bruce the First and Bruce the Second. Bruce the Second is the one Ely kissed. Bruce the First is in love with Naomi and was super jealous of Ely. Then there’s Robin and Robin. Robin guy and Robin girl. All these people have their perspective on what’s going on between Naomi and Ely.

I loved how this book was about love between friends. Yeah we get Naomi and Ely falling for other people romantically, but at the core of this book, was the love you have for your friends. And no one knows you better than your best friend, no one knows your more vulnerable weak spots. No one can hurt you more.

I liked this one. I wanted to be everyone’s friend. And all the cool stuff about New York – you feel like you’re right there with these guys. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List gets a B from me.


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