The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily
Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016
Audience: All Teens
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.
Well, bummer. The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily was kind of depressing. I loved Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and was excited about a sequel. I could definitely see more story for Dash and Lily at the end of the first book. However, The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily lost a little bit of the magic and was kind of depressing. The whole point of the book was about getting that magic back, which I understand, but it wasn’t fun to read. Also, the grand gestures that Dash and Lily do for each other got to be a little much. I totally saw the ice skating disaster coming from a mile away, and I don’t know how Lily didn’t! Not all relationships need grand gestures, and the fact that Dash and Lily’s relationship depends on those grand gestures can give teenagers unrealistic expectations. Honestly, how many grand gestures can one couple do? It’s a bit much. Overall, I was disappointed, but it wasn’t terrible.