Thursday, July 29, 2010

dash and lily's book of dares

i know a girl and she gets to read lots of awesome books before they are released and she also gets hugged by certain authors i would like to be hugged by. yesterday she showed me what she's currently reading. i am enormously jealous.

this is how the blurb goes:

'Imagine this: you're in your favourite bookstore, scanning the shelves. You reach the section where your favourite author's books reside. And there, nestled between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook. So what do you do? The choice, I think, is obvious: you take down the notebook and open it. And you do whatever it tells you to do.'
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.

you know it! you do! and we are excited, no? even though we were a bit disappointed with naomi and ely? we sure are! there isn't even cover art for me to show you yet (although the book she had in her hot little hands did have a two-tone picture on its purple and black cardboard mockup cover).

let's all keep our eyes on this page at allen & unwin.


  1. Omg, I also am ridic jealous! I'm so, so excited for Dash and Lily (though am bummed it's not due here til December - might have to order it on BD or something because I don't think I can wait that long!)

  2. disappointed? with Naomi and Ely? Oh my... I think I liked it more than N & N...

    Guess that's the beauty of books.

    [sorry, usually I just lurk].

  3. mwahaha well i am glad you've come out of lurkerdom to comment.

    i did really enjoy naomi and ely the book, but i didn't really like either of those characters. i really liked all the bruces. and girl robin. (actually, she was totally ace) and i loved how, was it ely?, who called naomi some kind of twisted eloise... i could imagine her skibbling.

    so disappointed probably not the the right word. i loved it, but love N&N more. and that's cool. (maybe because i read it first??)
    can't wait to give dash and lily a chance!


    I agree, Naomi and Eli's was rather dissapointing, but then, it did come after Nick and Norah's, and most books of a similar YA romance genre pale in comparison to that masterpiece.


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