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

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

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily
by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
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Series: Dash and Lily  #2
Release date: October 18th 2016
Rating: Second book slump

“Sometimes you make plans. Sometimes plans make themselves.” 

A sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares! First of all this book was SUPER sweet. Almost, dare I say it, too sweet.  It is like the different between a cupcake and a cup of sugar.  One is sweet but has nuance and the other is just sweet.  This book ends up on the cup of sugar side of things

There were some very funny parts to this book. What I think held it back was the fact that there isn’t really a new adventure.  It is a rehash of the old adventure.  It is possible that the head cannon that I had for what happens after the end of the first book is too strong and now anything that isn’t that head cannon displeases me. This is a legitimate thing to have happen to you.

Lily needed to grow in this book.  Unfortunately, what happened is that her character was changed fundamentally from the first book and then she spends the whole book becoming the girl she had been.  I get that she has had a difficult year and has been depressed but her POV is very negative.  I would have liked her development to be more authentic feeling. Also, communicate godammit.  Come on Lily, you never shut up.  How is it possible that you aren’t telling people how you feel?  

I found Lily’s rigidity interesting.  She is a bundle of contradictions.  She is a free-spirited sprite but she also cannot handle change.  At all.  To the point where I wanted her parents to get her some counseling because it was unhealthy.  I do think that she was able to become more flexible by the end of the story.  

I far preferred Dash in this book.  I like me some crabby teenage boy who really love books.  I wish there had been more closure with his parents.  But I like how into her family and especially her Great Aunt he becomes.  His real family has let him down and now he is choosing his own family.  It bodes well for their future.

I wish Dash and Lily had been together more.  They are hardly together in the first book and again in the second book they are hardly together. Come on!  Give me what I want!  They have been dating for a year it isn’t as they shouldn’t be spending time together.  Stop with the separate adventuring!

There is a pretty heavy undertone to this book.  Which would be fine.  However, the funny parts of this book are pretty farcical so the tones don’t really match.  Like, I don’t know, pumpkin spice on a pork chop.  You can do it but holy crap do you ever have to know what you are doing. 

The writing here is still strong.  Levithan in particular has a wonderful way with words.  It just didn’t seem as fresh. I guess that I am just missing the whimsy and warmth of the first book. So, while not my favorite still a good book to get you in the spirit (if you have read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares because reading a sequel first is soul destroying).

From Goodreads:
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.