“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 best-selling 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?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have listeners perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.
©2010 Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (P)2010 Listening Library
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This story was a cute idea poorly executed. Some passages of the writing were quite clever, while too many of them tried too hard with the cutsey/trying not to be cutsey New York too-clever-and-hip-for-you language. Also, I did not find it believable that the two main characters could be a couple: while the young man comes across as an intelligent and nice person (who may be open-minded to any number of possibilities) the girl just plain seems too young for him. Her maturity and (lack-of) experience just seems too far behind where he is in life. Through the notebook you do get the hint that they might indeed be compatible - only, in a few years after she's "grown up" a little more. To be more convincing, the female voice needed to sound just a little bit older. Also, I found the ending a bit anti-climactic. So, I regret to say this did not win me over.
I have purchased the audiobook because I am SO enamoured with the print copy. I received it in prepublication and the the narrative just sings. It is one of the best written books I've read in a long time, and as a high school librarian, believe me, I read a lot of YA books. Every student I have recommended the book to as well has adored it.
Book was a cute Christmas young adult book which was easy to follow but interesting enough to keep me listening. My problem was with the girl narrator. While she did sound like a sassy teenage girl, I know myself as a teenager would not have appreciated the "valley girl" voice that the character was given. I waited patiently for the boy narrations so I could relax back into the story, the girl voice got on my nerves.
Dash and Lily. They’re two different people, living two different lives. But they just might have a mutual “friend”. This is the story of how a red moleskin notebook brings them together. Coincidentally and Destiny-tally?
This is the PERFECT Christmas/Holiday Read. It starts on the 21st of December (when I started reading it!) and goes through New Year’s Day! It brings out the best of the holiday spirit – Lily is full of generosity! But Dash is who stole my heart! Oh, you cynical self proclaiming word-nerd, how you stole my heart! Some people might still think Dash is “snarly” but I enjoyed his dry sarcastic ways! And the audiobook really brought out Dash’s humor.
I absolutely loved this book- I had previously read the physical copy and loved it- the narrators did an excellent job and brought the story to life. This is one of the few truly "happy" books in YA literature and I love it!
I don't think I would listen to the book again, but I would re-read it.
Male - Great, pleasant, distinct.
Female - Nasally, juvenile, annoying.
The narrators were okay, it's not their fault if the story was empty and the characters felt fake. I would definitely not read another book written by neither of the two writers.
I could see in the characters what was the idea they wanted to create and I could also see they did not succeed. Lily was annoying and immature, I really did not relate to her. It would maybe suit a younger audience (10-12 years old). After reading 3/4, I could not keep reading it, the hope that it would get better just disappeared at some point.
That was the only good thing about this audiobook. The audio part was not the problem, it was the book itself that sucked.
I did not find the writing particularly breathtaking, the story was predictable and the characters were less than basic, but it was well read. I would say, it may be what kept me going a few more hours.
Simply I did not want this story to end
They brought life and passion and emotions that maybe won't have come across in the book
I wanted to and did.
This little book is gold!
The story is simple but captivating. Fresh, funny. At the beginning I LOL, which I don't often do.
It is told from two different points of view (female-male) both young teenagers with different life experiences. Both are sensitive, smart, and kind.
The characters are real, And all of them are adorable!
The situations are possible. And they are not quite predictable.
The performance is GREAT! The exact voice for each of the two main characters: PERFECT MATCH.
And one more thing: It has poetry in one form or other in the midst.
Do listen to it.
I loved sharing Dash and Lily's adventure and went right out and bought multiple copies of this book to pass along to my sons who live in Brooklyn. This made me want to be a teen in NYC again. A great listen for teens and adults.
"nice little teenage romance"
At first I didn't like Lily's voice to much, but I got used to it. The story starts out really nice: the way they get to know each other by their dares to each other without meeting is cute and to get to know them was nice (allthough I liked Dash a little more, Lily seemed at first a little bit spoiled) the misunderstandings (seems like every love story needs them) were okay and the end was cute. It is a teenage novel, but I (38) could relaxe well while listening to it. But I am glad it wasn't any longer, that might have spoiled it. So if you are looking for some light hearted (is that spelled right?) entertainment, this book is for you.
"A whirlwind romance through New York City"
A hilarious romance between two great teenage characters with problems of their own, they bond over a red moleskin notebook that is passed back and forth throughout New York, accompanied by crazy dares in an attempt to outwit the other. With their feelings growing between them, they wonder if it would be the same if they met face to face; are they completely different in real life compared to their notebook selves? And would their romance crumble if they were ever to meet?
Initially, their accents made me question my enjoyability of the book, but the narrators are so expressive! Passing the narrative back and forth between them, they are fully convincing as main characters Dash and Lily and I grew rather fond of them!
Loved this book, the story was fantastic (especially as an audio), it was funny, sweet and unpredictable (except for the falling in love bit, that was obvious). I'm giving 4 stars for performance only because of my initial reaction!
(Those who are tempted but aren't fond of american accents, give this book a go! It's worth it, I promise you!)
I loved this book! It is a cute little Christmas love story and although I listened to it in April it was still wonderfully magical. The back and forth between the two characters was joyful, cute and quirky, funny and one of a kind type of story. Definitely recommend to any other teen girls (though other may enjoy, I don't know) :)
"fun and inspiring"
I got this audio book based on the fact that i liked the movie nick and norah's infinite playlist (based on a book written by the same authors) its a really fun book.
Told in first person, from two different perspectives, dash and lilly , the audio book, has two voices, both of which bring an added element to the characters, hearing their voices speak to you is something you just couldn't read/imagine as well.
The story is great, following a guy, dash, and a girl, lilly as they trade thoughts through a notebook they leave at a cafe, in this book they each write dares to get the other to go on an adventure. The two have never met and yet become great friends as they experience a youthfull and adventurous way of getting to know one another.
Set in new york city, this book takes you on a city wide adventure, with two loveable characters. If i had this in print, i would say it's deffinatly a page turner. A great, fun, romantic and inspiring coming of age story... And it may make you feel a little bit festive too.
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