Plot: Browsing through his favorite section – for the moment – at the Strand Dash finds a red moleskin notebook and a dare to follow the instructions within it. Meanwhile Lily is surprised when the notebook is returned to her with a new dare inside. These dares lead them on crazy adventures across New York but can their growing feelings survive an actual meeting or will their romance always remain within the pages of the notebook?
I found myself smiling the whole time I read this book. It is just plain fun. As Dash and Lily slowly discover each other through their notes and dares, I discovered and grew to like them too. The dares are funny and crazy and really allow the couple to grow and grow together. On the way they meet a cast of quirky and likable characters. There is also a lot to love for literary buffs and word nerds.
The romance could have been a fairy tale. Two strangers with everything in common are brought together by the notebook and fall in love at first sight. In a way this is what both Dash and Lily are hoping for: fate, the perfect person in their heads. It’s a better book because that isn’t what happened. Dash and Lily are both bookish but otherwise they couldn’t be more different and their meeting isn’t all they hoped. Their romance is realistic but no less touching for it.
This is a well written, entertaining book; well worth a read. I liked it even better than Ely & Naomi’s No Kiss List.
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