Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audio book
Narrator: Ryan Gesell, Tara Sands
“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.”
16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges.
What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
This is my first time listening to an audio book. Josephine from Word Revel actually taught me how to use Overdrive, so lo and behold, I can listen to audio books HEHE. BUT I’m disappointed to say that I chose the wrong book as my first audio book. I picked this book based on the fact that I was still in a Christmas-ish mood, and I thought Oh hey, why not read a book about two cute fellas finding love through a bookstore on Christmas? DAMN.
This whole book was on a different level of reality. Let me explain that. This whole story bordered on the what the bloody hell are you on kind of reaction from me. I mean, seriously. It didn’t seemed real. Each and every sentence narrated had me like WHUT.
“I’ve always resented Hermione, because I wanted to be her so badly and she never seemed to appreciate as much as I thought she should that she got be her. She got to live at Hogwarts and be friends with Harry and kiss Ron, which was supposed to happen to me.”
I know, I know, that whole paragraph doesn’t seem to have anything wrong with it, but imagine someone with a deep-throat, bored, cynical voice narrating that to you. Would you seem annoyed? I was REALLY annoyed. If a normal person had said that whole sentence, it would be so cute and funny. But the way Lily said it, it sounded condescending and rude, and just plain hatred-jealous, and I’m just there with my HUH face. Like, why you so cynical and mad, bruh?
The only good thing about this book was Dash. Written in two different views-Dash and Lily’s-I definitely love Dash’s story more. He seemed like a normal, down to earth kid, whereas Lily seemed delusional and crazy. And weird. And it doesn’t help either that the narrator sounded really bored and sarcastic, which made me think of Lily as a little kid. For some reason though, I could not think of the idea of Lily and Dash being in love, because Dash seemed like such a teenager, while on the other hand, Lily seemed like an 8-year old kid who did not get enough candies.
There was no Christmas-ish feel to this book, unfortunately, especially since Lily was practically being a grouchy little girl throughout the book. She complained about anything and every little thing, and to be honest, if it wasn’t for Dash’s story, I would’ve just DNF this audio book.
The romance was sweet, in that fairytale-ish kind of way because it did not seem realistic at all. AT ALL. Like I said, the whole book felt like it was written on another planet, because hello, I don’t think that people act like that, or talk like that. So, no, I wasn’t really impressed with this book. AT ALL. NOPE.