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Get Hooked on The Dash and Lily Series!

13 Jan

The moment that I started reading the first book in The Dash and Lily series by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, I knew I was hooked. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares starts off by talking about a red Moleskin notebook, and I was immediately intrigued. As a lover of all things red, I was wondering if someone had been listening in on my innermost desires to find romance involving a red Moleskin notebook and The Strand Bookstore (aka my favorite bookstore). For anyone who considers themselves a bibliophile, a lover of NYC, and the lover of the spirit of Christmas, then this series is for you.

The series revolves around two main characters, Dash and Lily. Dash is a teenage boy who is a typical New Yorker: jaded, pessimistic, and absolutely hates Christmas. However, his innate love of books leads him to explore The Strand in the weeks before Christmas, and find a red Moleskin notebook hidden in the stacks. The discovery of this notebook eventually leads him to Lily. Lily is a teenage girl who loves dogs, baking, but most of all, she loves Christmas. Through a series of dares that have been laid out in the red Moleskin notebook, Dash and Lily find themselves trying to learn more about each other without actually meeting in real life, but finding out more about themselves in the process as well. The journey is sweet, sad, adventurous, and everything you want in a book. It’s also a quick read at 290 pages.

I love this book series so much because I can see myself so well in both of these characters. Dash appeals to my pessimistic book-loving side, and Lily relates to my Christmas loving, baking deserts side. It’s also great to have an Asian American main character because as an Asian American woman, it’s hard to find realistic female Asian characters. I adore Lily as a character, and I’m so glad that there are three books in this series. I couldn’t get enough.

Don’t let the post holiday blues get you down, this series will put you in the Christmas spirit all year long! These books are available through BCCLS and through eBCCLS via Overdrive.

Written by:
Nicole Marconi
Library Assistant, Children’s Department

They Both Die At The End By Adam Silvera

2 Dec

Question: Would you sign up for a service to inform you that you will die sometime in the next 24 hours?

In the book, They Both Die at the End, there is a Multi-billion dollar app called Death-cast, which people sign up to get their number contacted within 24 hours before they die, and it’s never wrong. In this book, the reader gets to step into the shoes of two “count downers” who got the Death-cast call. The author Adam Silvera introduces the reader to the sensitive Mateo Torrez and the rough Rufus Emeterio. These two characters, who cannot be any more different from each other, have a once in a lifetime meeting through another app called the Last Friend so that they have someone to spend their end day with. The reader can’t help but want to know more about these two characters as they reflect on their lives and build a new friendship. I felt humbled to learn who they loved, what they hated, and the condition they wanted to leave the world once their time was up. All of this is done with the background suspense of who dies first. Available as ebooks and digital audiobooks from eLibraryNJ, eBCCLS and Hoopla.

Written by:
Elbie Love
YA Library Associate

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