“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?
This was such a cute book, I swear. It was lyrical, beautifully written and a joy to read. Most people would probably give me a dirty look for reading a winter book during spring, but hey, where I live, it’s only sunny about 73 days a year, so you know. Knowing the synopsis, I think Rachel Cohn and David Levithan nailed the perfect pace for this book. They make a great team.
Some of the recent reviews I’ve read for this book say that the characters aren’t believable, that Dash and Lily are too bookish and smart to be recognized as kids. Again with the insults to intelligent kids, guys! Just because some kids are incredibly intelligent as people doesn’t mean that they’re not worthy of being a kid. I agree, some characters are just so much like adults that it’s impossible to see them as kids. I recognize the fact that yes, Dash and Lily are a little bit improbable. But, I’ve known plenty of kids who know library shelving systems and have memorized the entire Dewey Decimal System. Heck, I know second graders who have memorized up to twenty digits of pi! If you hang books long enough, you learn stuff! If you really care about wanting to volunteer at your local library or just want the basic skills to finding the book you want without having to bother the librarian every five seconds, then some people just resort to memorizing how to navigate their library system.
Okay, that’s the end of my rant on intelligent kids. Back to the book, this book is hilarious. There were several places where I just laughed out loud. Even if the cast of characters are improbable, you have to admit that each character is unique, and that’s hard to do. You can see the time spent on each person. The dares were fun and exciting to read about. I looked forward to each one, and the POV switching between Dash and Lily only added to the insight of the book. A truly enjoyable read. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 260