Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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

  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Audiobook is through Listening Library
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Read by: Ryan Gesell and Tara Hands
  • Source: Borrowed audiobook from the library
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

“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.

My Thoughts

This book was so cute!! I admit that when I first started it, I was put off by the readers. I just thought the voice for Dash sounded too old, and the voice for Lily just annoyed me. After getting into the book a little bit though, I thought the voices were really great for the characters. I think that the readers really captured the personality of the characters and made the book come to life. I loved the idea of the notebook, and having each other go to different places and do different things and pass the notebook back and forth through a third party or hidden place. They each had their perfect idea of the other judging by what they wrote to each other in the notebook. This was such a fun and romantic book that was a perfect holiday season read, but I would have enjoyed any other time during the year too.

Dash and Lily seem like such different people, but they have a lot of the same hopes and beliefs when you really get to know them. At first their back and forth is more like a fairy tale. Getting to know each other through the written word, and having this idea in your head about how the other person really is. Slowly you start to realize that even though they are very different from each other, they are so great for each other, and really more alike then we first think. Some of the things that they go through to keep the notebook going had me laughing out loud, and then sometimes things just didn't go as they should and it made me nervous for them. What started as a fun and interesting game of sorts soon turns into a want and almost need for the others responses.

The cast of other characters was fabulous too. Boomer was a riot, and her aunt was awesome! All of the random family members and friends of both of them that helped keep the notebook being passed back and forth between them played a wonderful part in the story. From the hyper crazy best friend, to the ex girlfriend, they all really helped mold the relationship that is starting between Dash and Lily.

This is one of those feel good books that just leaves you smiling. I loved the atmosphere of it all and could really imagine them wandering around NYC trying to get this notebook back to each other. I could feel their anticipation of wanting to know what comes next. Even through their doubts, I was rooting for them. I grew to care for each of them separately and wanted them to find their happiness in each other. This was a quick and entertaining story that was romantic and sweet. Whether you choose to read the actual book or listen to the audiobook as I did, I think that you will find more than a few smiles in this book!!



17 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fun read. I'm happy that you were able to adjust to the readers and it didn't ruin the book for you. I read a Levithan book a while back and was sorely disappointment, maybe I should give this one a go and see if I have better luck. Great review chickie!

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    1. This was really cute! I enjoyed the story a lot and if you actually read the book it would probably be very short. The audiobook was only like 6 hours I think so I would say cut that time in half reading it yourself.

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  2. I love this cover! I'll have to check it out. Glad you liked it!

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    1. This was such a great book. I really did love it! I think that if I had read the actual book it might have been a 5 rating, but since the readers bothered me at first I had to knock off a star.

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  3. This is a book that I too want to read. I have read great reviews and get more excited each time. Thanks for the awesome review.

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    1. I think you would love this! It's super quick and cute!

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  4. Awww! This sounds like such an adorable read, Amy! I've heard some great things about this book and I should get to it sometimes. I'm glad to hear that you managed to get used to the readers' voices. I've never listened to audiobooks, but I should give it a try.
    Dash and Lily sound like really great characters. I love the idea of the journals as well!
    Great review, Amy! :)

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    1. I love audiobooks, but I have found that sometimes the readers will enhance the book for me or make it less enjoyable. Take The Diviners for instance. That was amazing in audio and I think that I liked it more than just reading the book. This one I got over the annoyances, but since it started off iffy for me I couldn't give it the full 5 stars it probably deserves.

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  5. I haven't listened to this on audio, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! It has some of the best quotes EVER! I think I'm definitely going to reread it this Christmas break since it's been a couple years now. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I think I need to purchase the actual book. I think that it will be a book I would like to read again during the holidays in years to come. I don't think I would do the audio again.

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  6. Sounds so cute and fun! And romantic! Totally my thing. I have heard a lot of good things about this but just haven't been in the right mood I think. Some audio books do take awhile to get used to the voices while others work right away for me.

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  7. Great review! I've had my eye on this book for some time now because it sounds adorable. Definitely hoping to read it soon. I actually rarely listen to audio books because I struggle with the voices but I've been thinking about trying it again soon.

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  8. Ive heard such great things about Dash. & Lily. I just got Nick and Norah and can't wait to read it. So glad you enjoyed the audio!

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  9. OMG!!!! I love this book dude!! It's one of my favs next to Nick & Norah! Rachel Cohn & David Levithan are amazing together!!!

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  10. YAY I'm glad you liked this so much! I should really read it a bunch of my friends have been raving about it and it totally sounds like an awesome holiday book! And I'm glad the readers eventually made sense to be reading the characters because it definitely is an awesome feeling when they capture the characters' personality right! :D

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  11. I really enjoyed this book as well and it is so perfect for the season! These two authors balance each other out so perefectly and I find this novel so quotable !

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  12. Oh fun! Love those cute ones from time to time.

    Valerie

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