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Description - Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

It's Christmas-time in New York, and world-weary Dash has managed to persuade each of his parents that he is staying with the other, thus sending them both off with their new 'paramours' and leaving him happily shuffling back and forth between their empty apartments. Meanwhile, Christmas-loving Lily is bereft at the thought of spending Christmas without her full complement of family, and has been consoling herself with cookie-baking and carols-singing. When Lily's brother plants a red moleskin notebook in Dash's favourite store, leaving instructions that lead him not only around the bookstore but eventually out into the Christmas-sozzled city, the scene is set for a back-and-forth series of clues, coincidences and missed rendezvous.

Will sarcastic, intriguing Dash finally meet up with nerdy but loveable Lily? Only time will tell as the two teenagers try to outwit each other for as long as possible in this charming twist on the classic game of cat and mouse.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781742374666
ISBN-10: 1742374662
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 128mm x mm)
Pages: 276
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

Book Reviews - Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

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Book Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn - Reviewed by (12 May 2020)

I read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares about a week or two before Christmas and found it to be a pretty 'ok' Christmas read. It definitely isn't one of my favourite books of all time and I don't think I will jump to re-read it, but I think if you are a fan of young adult contemporary reads and enjoy Christmas books then give this one a go. The two main characters - Dash and Lily - are both quite serious teenagers and whilst they do face some difficult challenges in their personal life, they definitely bring the descriptor 'angst' to mind. It seems like nothing will make Dash happy other than being away from every other human being, but Lily brings about a bit of joy in him, even if it isn't exactly overwhelming. I didn't mind Lily, but found Dash to be a bit too annoying and the very large chip on his shoulder added to this, as well as the sometimes rude way he treats other people. I did enjoy the realistic approach to Christmas in our current world and the way the actual day can often be a let-down and disappointment after such a huge lead-up. I did, however, like the treasure hunt feel the book had with the 'book of dares' between the two.


Author Biography - Rachel Cohn

David Levithan is a well-known New York writer and publisher, best known for his book Boy Meets Boy. Rachel Cohn is an experienced writer for young people, best known for Gingerbread. They first collaborated on Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

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