The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash & Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Published November 2016 by Allen & Unwin
Source: the publisher
Rating: 3 stars
From the blurb: Dash and Lily have now been going out for nearly a year - and it's been a really hard year. Lily's beloved grandfather had a heart attack and fell down some stairs. He survived, but his recovery has been slow. Lily insists that everything's fine. But Dash knows that her spirit is sagging. Her enthusiasm has been exhausted. And even with Christmastime, her favourite time, approaching, she doesn't really feel...anything.Action must be taken. There are twelve days until Christmas. Twelve days for friends and family to take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the magic of New York City in December. Twelve days to find Lily's cheer, and help her fall in love with life again. Twelve days left for Dash and Lily...?
It's been almost five years since I read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan but I had no problem slipping back into their world. It's been a year since we last caught up with them and it's now December 13. Dash still feels as though Lily's brother Langston hates him, but when he asks Dash to meet him, he goes along. Langston wants to talk about Lily. She hasn't been happy since her grandfather had a heart attack. Lily has tried to take on his full time care herself, while also attending school and running her dog walking business. Dash feels as though she's slipping away from him and he agrees to try and cheer her up before Christmas Day.
I don't remember much of the first book, but it was easy to get to know Dash and Lily again. They are both such fully formed characters, it's hard to imagine they don't actually exist. Because we get both sides of their story, it's easy to see where they're going wrong. Neither of them are saying what they actually need or feel. Dash feels useless and assumes Lily wants time alone. Lily feels as though Dash doesn't love her and finds her to be a chore. It was really fun and sweet to watch them over the course of two weeks. Both of them go to great lengths to do nice things for each other, even if they don't always turn out as planned.
Ableist language: dumb, lame.
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is a really quick read, and one that will have you wishing it was Christmastime. It's fun, heartwarming, and full of hope.
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for my review copy. RRP A$19.99.