Rating: somewhere between 2.75-3/5 Stars
Release Date: 10/26/2010
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About the Book: While wandering the stacks in The Strand, Dash discovers a red moleskin notebook with a list of clues. And so beings Dash and Lily's adventures across New York through a red notebook. Each one leaving messages and clues to the other and sending each other on various dares. But are Dash and Lily destined to meet in real life or is there relationship for the notebook only?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: OK, I really, really, really wanted to like this one-honestly I did. But it just fell flat for me. I loved the idea of trading a notebook back and forth and getting to know each other, but the execution just wasn't what I wanted.
First off, I found Lily to be an annoying character. She was immature and just so ridiculously goofy that I had a hard time taking her seriously. She took quirky to a whole new level! As I was reading, I figured out that Lily reminded me a lot of Luna Lovegood and while I love Luna, she's not the type of character that can really carry a story but works better as a side character. Lily's quirks and immaturity just grated on my nerves after awhile and I tired of reading about her-she drained me as a reader which made the book less fun.
If Lily was the immature, quirky one who wholeheartedly believes in love and happiness, than Dash is the postmodern hipster who instead wants to analyze relationships and be pessimistic. Together I never felt any chemistry between them and I didn't really understand what they would see in each other. I also had problems with Dash's best friend Boomer-was he twelve or seventeen? I thought he and Lily might have made a better match than Dash and Lily!
The adventures they go on are somewhat fun, although full of convience, like relatives with awesome jobs crawling out the woodwork. There is some humor in the book-the one thing I did love was the fake Pixar movie Collation-hilarious!-but not as much humor as I would expect from these authors. There were just parts that didn't work for me. The book started out as a romantic comedy adventure and tried to turn into an examination of relationships yet never quite pulled it off. Instead it ended up loosing the romantic comedy aspect and when it tries to pick it up again it becomes too ridiculous and crazy. The notebook is lost halfway through the book and that's when we try to get this turn into a "let's examine what makes relationships work" story but by that point I was bored with the characters and tired of reading about them. Neither one had anything that made me keep reading, but I did in hopes that it would somehow redeem itself.
I wasn't satisfied with the ending either. I was left wondering if these characters really did like each other instead of the nice happy ending I wanted. Instead I was left feeling like I wasted my time and Dash and Lily wasted their time. Overall I was disappointed-I was hoping for a fun romantic comedy, but instead was left with characters that had no chemistry, that I didn't care about, and that I thought had no future-so much for my romantic holiday read! If you want a fun romantic read for the holidays, I'd suggest Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle instead.
Reviewed From ARC picked up at ALA