Goodreads: “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.”
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?
Christmas loving Lily is a sixteen year old loner who is very sheltered by her family. One day her brother gives her the idea to leave a notebook with a scavenger hunt on a shelf in a bookstore. Dash, who hates Christmas and is your typical pretentious hipster sixteen year old YA character, finds the notebook. Both Dash and Lily were pretty two-dimensional, but I enjoyed the multiple points of view.
This book started out really great! The first third of the book was really cute and enjoyable, despite my distaste for Dash’s character. The whole scavenger hunt thing was intriguing. I kind of want to try it.
The middle third was kind of boring and made me bump the star rating down one whole star. Lily started getting on my nerves, and Dash got more and more annoying. Eventually, I ended up just skimming his chapters.
The last third was a bit better than the middle section, but not by much. The last couple chapters totally made up for the middle, but it ended too soon. I didn’t get enough closure and I found the ending disappointing.
Did this put me in the mood for Christmas? No.
If you’re not a fan of John Green, I don’t recommend anything David Levithan is a part of because their writing styles are very similar.