Review: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash & Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily just doesn’t have the same lighthearted tone as the first book. I know books need plot, but why does the drama always have to be with the couple no longer getting along or feeling the love they originally felt? This book reminded me of The Rosie Effect. It had manufactured drama at the beginning. I wanted to read about Dash and Lily being all cute and doing crazy things at Christmas time again. And there is that…later in the book. But first the reader has to wade through some icky times. Lily isn’t very Lily-like, and Dash is rather clueless as to help. I enjoyed the story, but I was hoping for more from this book.

Even though I’d just re-listened to the first book, I’d forgotten how spoiled and dramatic Lily is. Or maybe she just came across more annoying and less adorable in print vs. audio. I found Dash to be as wonderful as always. What book nerd doesn’t dream about a guy as literary as Dash? Midway through the book the craziness really sets in. Lily’s family and all of their shenanigans ensued, and I chuttled to myself a few times while reading. If you’re looking for more time was some beloved characters, this book is worth a read, but it just didn’t have the same magic as the original book.

Rating: 3 Stars

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
Dash & Lily #2
Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Young Adult Fiction
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
October 18, 2016

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.

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