Miss Riki’s Review:
When Lily leaves a red Moleskine notebook on the shelves of her favorite bookstore, she cannot begin to anticipate who might find it and take on the challenge of the dares written inside. When Dash finds the notebook, he is drawn to the wit and charm of the writing inside and is compelled to follow where it leads. The two embark on an adventure, sharing dreams and desires within the pages of the notebook, but can they possibly connect quite so well when they finally meet in person?
Written in alternating point of view by two well-known young adult authors, this book is clever and fast paced. Centered on the joys of the holiday season, each dare brings these two wonderful characters closer together, despite the fact that they couldn’t be more different.
I loved Dash for his precocious wit and never ending string of one-liners and comebacks. He’s clever and sharp, yet so willing to do things outside of his comfort zone for the sake of the dare. He’s described throughout the book as ‘snarly,’ but I found him to be charming on every level.
Lily is a bit of an odd duck, but her quirkiness is delightful. Corresponding with Dash draws her out of her comfort zone and into the big wide world she’s always been a little bit afraid of. Watching her grow as a character is one of the best parts of this novel.
Everything about this book is hopeful and fun, and it’s an added bonus that it is set during the holidays, giving the reader a taste of New York City at Christmastime.