The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – 4/5 Stars

The sequel to Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s Christmastime romantic best seller is here just in time for the holidays and did not disappoint.

A whole year after their first meeting and beginning their relationship, Dash and Lily are at a dull stand still: Dash’s life with his divorced parents is as it always has been, if not worse. Lily’s grandfather has needed more help than usual lately and she has hardly let herself have a moment to herself. All of this is not helping their already passionless relationship. How can they fix it before Christmas, their first anniversary?

As far as sequels go, this was an amazing one. The authors have done what made Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares so memorable and more. They have even been able to expand their already lifelike characters further with their impressive use of internal and external conflicts.

It was also great to see how their writing has developed since the first book in the duology (but I wouldn’t be complaining if it was a trilogy). The character’s voices are even more clear than before and the book was actually very funny. The strongest point of this book was how cute it was and how they were able to use so much of New York City in the story. Reading the book made me feel like I was transported to a city I have never been to before. And of course the story was appropriately Christmas-y, but it also didn’t take itself too seriously, which was more a blessing than a curse.

The start of the book was a little too slow for how short this book is, and too angsty. Though the slow and angsty start was needed to build up the story and make the cuteness all the more worthwhile, it felt excessive and unnecessary. But they were still able to do it in a way that could feel relatable.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes quirky romantic comedies, but read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares first! And if you can, read it this month, during Christmastime.

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Madison Lazenby
Madison Lazenby is a sophomore writer for the BlueXpress. Ask her about her dog, Molly.