Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
Two teenagers exchange words with a red notebook that is
left in various locations around Manhattan. Clues and
dares are profuse as the characters' souls leak onto the
pages for the other one to read. Towards the end--
surprise, surprise--the characters meet face-to-face.
Other secondary personas enter the story to give it some
pizzazz. The dares and situations get fairly ridiculous,
and the fact that it is Christmastime adds to the chain of
events to keep up with.
Seeing as how the book
alternates between the male and female characters in terms
of narration is interesting. The love story is sweet, but
the philosophies tied into the book are anything but
subtle. There are some blows to Catholicism--jest or not--
and a pinch of nihilism added in for what appears to be
for the authors' idea of good measure. While the book is
fast paced, it does teach youngsters that going out in the
middle of the night to meet strangers is all right; this
should be cautioned against, especially in the
Homosexuality is seen as normal, and some
crudeness is included. Not for young readers.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Troy, NY USA