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A whirlwind romance from the New York Times best-selling authors of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, soon to be a Netflix original series starring Austin Abrams and Midori Francis!

Lily 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?

©2010 Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (P)2010 Listening Library

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Missed the Mark

This story was a cute idea poorly executed. Some passages of the writing were quite clever, while too many of them tried too hard with the cutsey/trying not to be cutsey New York too-clever-and-hip-for-you language. Also, I did not find it believable that the two main characters could be a couple: while the young man comes across as an intelligent and nice person (who may be open-minded to any number of possibilities) the girl just plain seems too young for him. Her maturity and (lack-of) experience just seems too far behind where he is in life. Through the notebook you do get the hint that they might indeed be compatible - only, in a few years after she's "grown up" a little more. To be more convincing, the female voice needed to sound just a little bit older. Also, I found the ending a bit anti-climactic. So, I regret to say this did not win me over.

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I have purchased the audiobook because I am SO enamoured with the print copy. I received it in prepublication and the the narrative just sings. It is one of the best written books I've read in a long time, and as a high school librarian, believe me, I read a lot of YA books. Every student I have recommended the book to as well has adored it.

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Show was better :(

90% of the time, the book is better, but in this case I found that the Netflix show was much more enjoyable. The show took the characters and made them more believable and likable. For instance, Dash’s good friend Boomer is annoyingly stupid in the book, but the show makes him into a real human. The show also wrangles in Dash’s obnoxious and pretentious personality to make him more approachable. Lily comes off as too childish in the book and much more realistic in the show. Also, how the show deals with her childhood trama is much more relatable and heartbreaking.

The book was good in a goofy don’t take serious type of way, but the show caught all the cuteness of the book and developed it more believably and only cut the over the top scenes. The flow of the show was just better.

The narrators did a good job, but the way Ryan Gesell narrated Lily’s dialogue made me hate her. Tara Sands did a good job of Dash’s dialogue.

Overall, the book was enjoyable enough. I can’t decide if I will just wait for season two or listen to book two.

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Uses the F bomb way too much

Story started out interesting but then the author started using the F bomb alot and I quit reading it.

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Who is the target audience??

This book is for young readers yet the main male character says he's 16 and talks as if he's a 23 year old college student and the main girl who's supposedly 16 acts 12. There's a weird scene with the boy having to put his hands down Santa's shirt, the boys best friend acts super young and they go see a cartoon movie and reference it as romantic. I read in the young section as an adult, but this was all over the place as to who the author is writing for.

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Girl Narrator Issues

Book was a cute Christmas young adult book which was easy to follow but interesting enough to keep me listening. My problem was with the girl narrator. While she did sound like a sassy teenage girl, I know myself as a teenager would not have appreciated the "valley girl" voice that the character was given. I waited patiently for the boy narrations so I could relax back into the story, the girl voice got on my nerves.

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Perfect Christmas/Holiday Read

Dash and Lily. They’re two different people, living two different lives. But they just might have a mutual “friend”. This is the story of how a red moleskin notebook brings them together. Coincidentally and Destiny-tally?

This is the PERFECT Christmas/Holiday Read. It starts on the 21st of December (when I started reading it!) and goes through New Year’s Day! It brings out the best of the holiday spirit – Lily is full of generosity! But Dash is who stole my heart! Oh, you cynical self proclaiming word-nerd, how you stole my heart! Some people might still think Dash is “snarly” but I enjoyed his dry sarcastic ways! And the audiobook really brought out Dash’s humor.

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Not bad, but...

Not bad, but I think I actually liked the Netflix show better. To be fair I watched the show better I listened to the book and yes, the book was good, but I definitely think I enjoyed the plot and happenings of the show better.

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Left me shocked

I wouldnt recommend this for teens to read, it had bad language and frankly this is whats wrong with our world today, thinking this is fine faire for teens to read, its not, not at all. Adults, yes, if they choose to read about being gay and bad language, go for it.

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Obnoxious Narrator!

The narrator for Lily delivered the most grating, irritating performance I’ve ever heard on Audible. Dash’s narrator was fine. It’s hard to score performance with two narrators, but Lily was so awful, I had to go for the lower side of the scoring. From a fake Puerto Rican accent for Benny that sounded like a weird amalgam of Eastern European accents to portraying Lily’s character as predominantly whiny to the extent that the words sounded slurred, I am so disappointed. Lily is meant to be a naive but intelligent and resourceful character. It would have been nice to hear a narrator with enough nuance to pull that off. I think this person was just cast for being young sounding.

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  • sarah marrie
  • 11-12-20

Great Christmas read

I think that it’s a great Christmas read. I reread it around most decembers. I think Dash,s and Lilly,s chemistry. Also, I loved Dash,s friend Boomer!!

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  • Glenn1019
  • 03-31-20

Good, but it failed to really go anywhere...

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is an interesting and fairly short listen, however it seems to never really take off. Even though the premise is somewhat interesting and a lot of the themes explored will grab your attention; I felt myself yearning for a bit more exploration/depth at the end of each chapter. It's definitely a good plot with some well written segments however for me it just didn't hit the mark, and wouldn't be one I'd listen to again.

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  • Helen
  • 12-06-13

nice little teenage romance

At first I didn't like Lily's voice to much, but I got used to it. The story starts out really nice: the way they get to know each other by their dares to each other without meeting is cute and to get to know them was nice (allthough I liked Dash a little more, Lily seemed at first a little bit spoiled) the misunderstandings (seems like every love story needs them) were okay and the end was cute. It is a teenage novel, but I (38) could relaxe well while listening to it. But I am glad it wasn't any longer, that might have spoiled it. So if you are looking for some light hearted (is that spelled right?) entertainment, this book is for you.

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  • Mara
  • 06-27-13

A whirlwind romance through New York City

A hilarious romance between two great teenage characters with problems of their own, they bond over a red moleskin notebook that is passed back and forth throughout New York, accompanied by crazy dares in an attempt to outwit the other. With their feelings growing between them, they wonder if it would be the same if they met face to face; are they completely different in real life compared to their notebook selves? And would their romance crumble if they were ever to meet?

Initially, their accents made me question my enjoyability of the book, but the narrators are so expressive! Passing the narrative back and forth between them, they are fully convincing as main characters Dash and Lily and I grew rather fond of them!

Loved this book, the story was fantastic (especially as an audio), it was funny, sweet and unpredictable (except for the falling in love bit, that was obvious). I'm giving 4 stars for performance only because of my initial reaction!

(Those who are tempted but aren't fond of american accents, give this book a go! It's worth it, I promise you!)

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  • Emma
  • 04-07-13

Love it.

I loved this book! It is a cute little Christmas love story and although I listened to it in April it was still wonderfully magical. The back and forth between the two characters was joyful, cute and quirky, funny and one of a kind type of story. Definitely recommend to any other teen girls (though other may enjoy, I don't know) :)

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  • H
  • 12-23-12

fun and inspiring

I got this audio book based on the fact that i liked the movie nick and norah's infinite playlist (based on a book written by the same authors) its a really fun book.



Told in first person, from two different perspectives, dash and lilly , the audio book, has two voices, both of which bring an added element to the characters, hearing their voices speak to you is something you just couldn't read/imagine as well.



The story is great, following a guy, dash, and a girl, lilly as they trade thoughts through a notebook they leave at a cafe, in this book they each write dares to get the other to go on an adventure. The two have never met and yet become great friends as they experience a youthfull and adventurous way of getting to know one another.



Set in new york city, this book takes you on a city wide adventure, with two loveable characters. If i had this in print, i would say it's deffinatly a page turner. A great, fun, romantic and inspiring coming of age story... And it may make you feel a little bit festive too.



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  • Taiya
  • 10-24-18

Sweet, enjoyable.

Enjoyed the narrative. The Story was sweet and fun! I kinda wanna do a fun scavenger hunt now.