Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Book for Young Readers
Publish Date: October 26, 2010
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 3/5 Stars
“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.
So, a Christmas book in March. I was in the mood. The book didn't prove to be bad, but it wasn't great, either. The one thing that it really had going for it was the fact that both of the characters were totally hilarious. There were all of these little jokes throughout that lightened up the mood the moment things got too deep. It made for an extremely fluffy book without much real conflict.
Speaking of conflict, the thing that did potentially pose a problem was the whole moving-to-Fiji thing. But the book ended before there was really enough time to get into it. So there goes that idea. The second time Fash and Lily met also posed a problem because of the situation where they landed themselves in jail. That didn't last long either, though. They were out and back home before anything too terrible could happen.
The characters felt extremely far away. It was another one of those books where even though it was written in first person (dual) POV, you felt as if you were reading from a bird's eye point of view. Everything was so distant, and I couldn't really get behind the character's emotions or the feelings they were trying to portray.
The book was philosophical in a John Green kind of way, at least through the letters Dash and Lily wrote to each other in the notebooks. They were nice to read, and I liked the idea of them learning about each other first through their words and nothing else.
Nothing about the romance was enough to swoon over. This could just have something to do with the fact that I never seem to develop crushes on nerdy guys, but still. There wasn't much, and what there was of it wasn't all that great. Lily's small, short-lived romance with that other guy who also happened to know Dash was also stupid and I thought it a bit unnecessary for the story.
I also loved the real elements of Manhattan spread throughout the novel. It made the story come alive for me in a way that the characters didn't. Overall, this is a good holiday book if you're looking for a quick, light read. Also, if you don't mind a more writing and setting focused plot line, then you'll love Dash and Lily's Book of Dares.