First Impression: Sounds epic.
Synopsis: “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 New York Times 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?
200 words (or less) review: I haven’t read Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist but I will be doing. I don’t remember how I found out about this book but I do remember having to sit on my hands so I’d wait for the paperpack to come out. The whole concept really appealed to me and I enjoyed the story immensely. It was one of the first times in ages that I wished the book had been longer.
The story is told in alternating chapters starting with Dash finding Lily’s notebook. The supporting characters, especially Boomer & Lily’s aunt add hilarity to Dash and Lily’s mission in finding each other. They are the complete opposite of what the other wishes, so the happy ending while expected isn’t guaranteed.
It is probably better to read it in Winter since the entire adventure centres around Christmas but I don’t think you’d enjoy it less if you’re sitting in the sunshine eating ice-cream.