The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily
by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Series: Dash & Lily
Published on October 18th 2016
by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Also by this author: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, You Know Me Well
Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.
With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.
Ah, how I’ve missed you Dash & Lily! I adored the Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and it left me hungry for more. Now, six years after meeting these amazing characters, my wish finally came true!
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily starts a year after the first book ended. Yes, they are still together and very much in love. but things have been tough. Lily’s grandpa had a heart attack and she’s put Christmas on hold. She’s overwhelmed, tired, and afraid of change. Her lack of Christmas spirit is upsetting all around her.
Dash is trying to be supportive of Lily, but he’s at a loss of what she need from him. This is how Langston (Lily’s brother) conspire to give Christmas a kick start. I adore Dash (short for Dashiell). He’s bookish, self-less, a good friend, a great boyfriend. Dash and Lily are such a cute couple. They complement each other perfectly like a puzzle.
“From the time I was a baby, my mom took me to the library at least once a week. Librarians were like Mary Poppins to me. They always knew how to match a book to my mood or to whatever I was going through at the time. I could always find peace in books.”
The cast of characters from the first book make an appearance here, which I really appreciate. I mean, Lily’s family is huge! Mrs. Basil (Lily’s great aunt) and Langston are my favorite. Mrs. Basil is eccentric and tell it like it is and Langston has a Puertorrican boyfriend (Yay!). Boomer is Dash’s best friend and a hoot, it seems like his mind is always up in the clouds, but he has a big heart. He’s now going out with Sofia (Dash’s ex), and everyone is okay with that. It was nice to see more of Lily’s parents as they were absent in the first book.
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily did not suffer from the second book syndrome and didn’t loose any of its charm and is just as good at the first. I laughed out loud, and was smiling like a lunatic, I’m sure. I also loved that the plot itself kept the same magic, allure and playfulness. It was full of surprises, changes, Lily’s crazy family, Dash’s crazy friends and nasty dad, dares, and love. It also deals with other serious issues, like depression, sickness, old age and divorce. Cohn and Levithan are amazing together 🙂
“I love you, and it’s driving me crazy to see you so upset. I want to fix it, and I know I can’t. But what I want to do is rewrite this whole world so you can fix it. I want to come up with a story that all the world will choose to celebrate, and in it, the people we love will never get sick, and the people we love will never be sad for long, and there would be unlimited frozen hot chocolate.”
Overall, I’m sure you can tell that I love Dash & Lily. Period. I would be happy indeed if Cohn and Leviathan continue writing a book with these characters every year for Christmas. Do yourself a favor and read the series 🙂