The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

THIS BOOK WAS ADORABLE. And so hilarious! I loved Dash and Lily the first time, and it felt like revisiting some old friends.


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.


THIS BOOK WAS ADORABLE. And so hilarious! I loved Dash and Lily the first time, and it felt like revisiting some old friends.

The book was short, and flew by super quickly. What struck me is that looking back on it, a lot of things went on. Big family changes, tree lighting, Staten Island, SantaCon, anniversary celebrations, injuries, and young love. Ahhh.

I was really worried that this story would make a ton of artificial problems to create a story. I thought someone would pull away for no good reason, and we’d be left with a lot of miscommunication. I thought Edgar Thibauld would become a problem. Luckily, as Ms. Basil E. acknowledged, Dash is “a keeper.” My one question was, what if Dash wasn’t so resolute and firm in his relationship? What if they danced, and he listened to her? The story could’ve ended up as one about the “one that got away.” Another plus: the problems felt realistic. Let’s be honest — at times, real life DOES get in the way. Things change. Time presses on. People grow old, and people grow up. We can only hope to do it with the people we love.

Overall, this story was the perfect read right before Christmas. It was exciting, cute, and just cheery enough to feel nostalgic for Christmases past, and giddy for the holiday season upon us.

Related Reading

  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  • What Light – Jay Asher
  • The Museum of Heartbreak – Meg Leder
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Rating: 5/5

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