“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 New York Times 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.
Review: I have heard amazing things about both Rachel Cohn and David Levithan so this book I was expecting to be amazing, and it was. It's such a fun book and it really gets you in the mood for Christmas time, even though Dash is pretty anti-Christmas.
I found both Dash and Lily to be very interesting characters. Both were very funny throughout the book, but at times, especially with Lily, the speech and word usage in dialogue just didn't seem like that of a 16 year old.
Now I must confess that I related much better to Dash than to Lily. Something about Lily just annoyed me at times. One thing I found unique about Dash was his obsession with words, especially when he tries to find the plural of words, like Wii and Macy's.
The dares and the adventures that followed were absolutely wonderful to read. They had me laughing, thinking, and really getting into the story. Although, near the end some of the adventures/dares got a little far fetched and unrealistic, like the baby catcher and the sudden fame it brought. Note, if you've read the book that last sentence wil (most likely) make sense; if you haven't, then you probably think I'm crazy.
Overall, this is such a cute and fun book that it will make even the most joyless person excited about Christmas. So be on the lookout, everyone, for suspicious red notebooks lurking in bookstores!
Source: ARC won from Random Buzzers
Published: October 26, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers