I really needed this book. It’s been a long while since I’ve read something so engrossing and delightful. It’s a very sweet YA story (man, I’ve been on a YA kick lately, huh?) about two 16-year olds in Manhattan at Christmastime who meet and connect via a red notebook. I usually go out of my way to avoid the hip-indie, emo-yuppie sort of teenage characters, but this one really made it work. And while this has romance-element to it, it was very much about these two teenagers learning about themselves and growing more into the type of person they each wanted to be.
Lily is odd, but a very very sweet girl. She genuinely likes the world around her and the people in it, she is very happy and excitable, and she’s funny. Her use of the made-up word “Lilyverse” cracked me up. Actually for a 16-year old she’s unbelievably innocent and nice, but it quickly became not-so-unbelievable. She turned into a very real “person” to me and just may be one of my favorite characters of the year.
Dash is a little rude and off-putting in a funny and very wordy way. I (sadly) had to look up a whole bunch of the words he used. I thought I might not like him at first because he seemed too anti-social-just-to-be-cool, but he turned out to be a very likable guy. He was honest and thoughtful and enjoys solitude, which I totally get. And for a teenage kid, he wasn’t obsessed with sex. He truly wanted to bond with a girl if he was going to date her.
They were both very dorky and funny and spontaneous, and the story of the little red notebook that brings them together is really awesome and I didn’t want to put the book down. It was fresh and brilliant I’ll definitely be re-reading this sometime in the not-too-distant future.