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?
I absolutely adored Nick and Norah's Infinte Playlist, so of course I had to pick this book up. It took me awhile to actually get to it (and, really, I wish I would have waited for Christmas time - I had no idea it took place during Christmas), but get to it I did :)
Dash is a seemingly broody, and shall I say, snarly young man who is hiding from both his parents so that he could spend his Christmas in peace.
Lily is a good girl. She is sensitive and sweet and you won't find her at a nightclub or *gasp* dating a boy. Lily also loves Christmas time - except that no one seems to be caring about this Christmas as much as she does.
Dash has a chance encounter with a red Moleskine notebook he finds next to one of his favorite books in New York's The Strand bookstore. He doesn't expect that in finding that notebook, he'd be given (and giving) challenges that not only work his patience, but allow him to believe that there may be such a thing as fate.
Can I just say, this book is just smart. It doesn't dumb anything down for the reader (which I didn't expect it to, but it's always refreshing when reading YA books). Both of the characters adore books and so the reader should expect quotes from the characters' favorite books. Those extra touches made Dash and Lily seem more real to me and I appreciated that! I am a sucker for details and an even bigger sucker for books about books - so this was perfect for me.
It is a wonderful read that made me truly love the characters - I got mad at them, loved them, and even felt embarrassed for them at times. When a book can make me care about the characters - that's a good book. I recommend this for anyone who loves reading more than one point of view, enjoys quirkiness and has a soft spot for book-lovers.
Oh, read it for Christmas maybe :)