Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. 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 take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.
Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season.
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This is one of the best books I’ve ever read by David Levithan (and Rachel Cohn). The only thing that could’ve made it better is if it were released in December, but alas, we’ll work with what we have.
Up until now, Anna and the French Kiss was my go-to book for the full spectrum of a relationship. The Dash and Lily duology will be definitely be joining it in that recommendation. In Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, we got to see Dash and Lily discover each other and get together.
Now, we get to see them when their lives are falling apart and they don’t know what to do. It talks about the hardest part of Lily’s life so far, and the prospect of losing her grandfather. It talks about Dash and Lily’s relationship after the honeymoon period is over. It deals with conflict between both Dash and Lily’s parents.
While I loved so much about this book, two main elements of the story impressed me. The first was Dash and Lily’s completely different narrations. There are a few situations that overlap in time period, and we get to see how it looks in Dash’s eyes vs how it looks in Lily’s eyes. This difference in perspective is made clear from the beginning, and it’s fascinating. I’m not doing justice to how great it was, but Dash and Lily became completely real to me.
I could see exactly who they were, and what they were doing, and how hard each of them were trying. I got sucked into this story because of the narration, and when I had to leave, I didn’t want to go. It’s been a while since I visited a story like that, and it was very refreshing.
The second story element that impressed me was the wide range of emotions displayed throughout the book. Sure, we get to see Dash and Lily’s story come through in the romance, but what I really mean is the writing. The plot, the pacing, the writing, the characters, all of it comes together to create one of the saddest, and the funniest, books I’ve ever read. Among all of the things that are going wrong in these characters’ lives, there are also hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments. Cohn and Levithan deal with the sadness of the situation with a lighthearted tone, and I loved every word of the story they put together.
More than anything though, what surprised me the most was how much I loved Rachel Cohn’s writing. If I’ve got this right, Rachel Cohn writes Lily’s parts and David Levithan writes Dash’s parts. While I loved both Dash and Lily, Lily was a very significant part of the story for me. I related to her personally. I know how hard it can be to put relationships and the highs and lows associated with them into words, but Cohn did that perfectly, and that made the book for me.
All in all, I would recommend this duology. The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily has potential to become one of my favorite books of 2016. It’s funny, it’s fresh, and it’s sweet while also being sad and serious. It’s a representation of life, wrapped in paper and ink, and that’s what every book should be. 4.5 stars.