“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 ofNick & 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 am a big fan of Rachel Cohn, though not such a big fan of David Levithan (I'll get to that in a minute) and so when this book came up on NetGalley I knew that I HAD to read it, I was so excited to start reading it and I read it off my laptop in one sitting... it was cute and addictive but there are some things that annoyed me and really grated on me and stopped me from enjoying this book as I could do.
Overall, the plot is amazing. I love books about cute romances and fate and chance and this book is the epitome of that type of book. I loved how the romance worked and there was some really funny scenes in it, like Lily's drunkness and the Father Christmas scene that totally had me giggling. I also loved the Christmas setting, it was so fun! It didn't has as much depth as it could have had.
Character wise, I was divided. I loved the kooky and unique Lily, she was so fun - even though at times it seemed as though Cohn was trying too hard to make her seem really kooky and strange and kitschy. Dash, on the other hand was a character that I just didn't like... Levithan has always seemed very pretentious as his characters are always very intelligent and deep to the point where I kind of feel like I'm being mocked for not being as educated as them and Dash was no different, he was constantly making literary references and he seemed very pretentious making him unrelatable and unlikeable. Infact, Dash is probably the reason this book isn't being rated as high as it could be.
Overall, a fun and sweet read. it could have had more depth and Dash was a very unlikeable character for me, I did manage to read it in one sitting though, which says something.
Overall Rating: C-
Book released October 2012 by Harlequin UK
Book recieved from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (via Netgalley)