Review: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

Review: The Twelve Days of Dash & LilyTitle: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily (Dash & Lily #2)
Series: Dash & Lily #2
Author: David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: October 8, 2016

two-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.

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Review: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is a really disappointing sequel to Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. This companion novel has far less adventure in and Lily’s character in The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is so negative. The constant negativity doesn’t make the book seem Christmassy at all. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

 

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Book vs. Movie: Nick & Norah’s Infinite PlaylistTitle: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Author: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Cast: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Aaron Yoo
Director: Peter Sollett
Screenplay: Lorene Scafaria
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 30, 2008

three-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City - and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be - and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you'll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

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Book Review: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour

Book Review: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCourTitle: You Know Me Well
Author: David Levithan, Nina LaCour
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: June 7, 2016

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

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Book Review: You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan is a fast-paced, whirlwind of a book that has so much potential for greatness. The plot is very unique and really keeps readers on their toes. However, the alternating perspectives were very hard to follow and the characters were not as developed as I would have liked. Continue reading

WoW: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

 

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

The Twelve Days of Dash & LilyTitle: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
Author: David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 18, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.

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Thoughts

I absolutely cannot wait for The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily! When I read the first book, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, I adored it, but I was mildly disappointed with the abrupt ending. I freaked out when I heard about the upcoming sequel, and I’m sure that it will be just as incredible as the first book.

About David Levithan

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David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

About Rachel Cohn

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Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she's not reading other people's books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.

Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of DaresTitle: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily #1)
Series: Dash & Lily #1
Author: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: October 26, 2010

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

“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.

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Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is the perfect winter read! It is such a unique  book that is told over the course of about a week. Alternating narrators made me enjoy this book even more! If you have yet to read this incredible book, I suggest you add it to your TBR lists. Continue reading