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Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Other books in series or Standalone: Standalone
First Impressions: I really enjoyed the other major novel that Cohn and Levithan co-wrote, called Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, so I was really looking forward to this one. And the story sounded so fun! Christmas fantatic Lily is bored while on vacation from school, so she leaves a red notebook on a bookstore shelf. The notebook contains the beginning of a set of challenges for whoever finds it, kind of like a city-wide scavenger hunt. When snarky Dash find the notebook, he is immediately sucked into the dares, and the two spend their Christmas Break trading the notebook back and forth by leaving it at the site of the last dare.
Last Impressions: This was, in fact, a really fun book. I love the idea of the notebook and the dares, and if it was at all realistic I would totally do it! Dash starts off sort of unlikeable and Lily borders on annoying sometimes, but through their interactions they grow and become more likeable characters, which I think is one mark of a good story. And Cohn and Levithan do a great job at bringing New York to life, it really made me want to see it in the winter!
Least Favorite Moment: Dash and Lily’s first attempt at meeting in person. Major failure.
Thoughts on the bookcover: The cover is so pretty! I love the falling snow (especially right now, in the dead of summer!) and all the hearts. It’s a very nice “New York in winter” image.
An ideal place to read this book: On a cozy couch with a mug of hot cocoa.
People who should read this: Guys and girls can both enjoy this, since you’re getting the perspectives of both Dash and Lily. If you’re looking for a unique love story, this is definitely for you. And fans of Christmas and books about Christmas will find a lot to enjoy here.