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



“There will always be a part of us that’s on a chase, but there has to be another part that knows where our home base is.”

Title: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Good things about this book: It’s set during the twelve days before Christmas in NYC.
Bad things about this book: The dreaded miscommunication.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it isn’t without flaws but it’s cute.
Rate: 3/5

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I have to admit, even if at first I read following the days written on the chapters, in the end I read it all in one afternoon. I just wanted to see how it was going to end. I like Dash very much. He is sweet, funny, a little shy and, even with all the issues he has with his parents, he is capable of care and love. Maybe it’s not the care and love that you see right away but it’s there. He is a precious boy and the way Lily treats him in this book bothered me quite a lot.

“It’s not fair to expect Dash to be psychic about what you really want from him.”

It’s only my humble opinion but I didn’t agree with almost any of Lily’s decisions in this book. She has been through a lot for months but that doesn’t excuse her for her behavior. I know I can’t compare how I face issues with how other people does it because it’s not fair but I can think of a least a million other ways Lily could have faced what was happening that didn’t involve treating Dash that badly. I may be exaggerating but I didn’t agree with her decisions. People don’t read our minds, Lily. If you want something to change or if you want to know something you have to ask, take action. Things aren’t easy. If you need to know something because it’s bothering you, you gather all the courage you can manage and ask!

“Are you going to be someone who takes charge of her feelings and her actions, even if the outcome might hurt, or someone who lets herself be unhappy simply because she won’t ask for what she wants?”

I would love to meet a guy like Dash. He is a calm presence and we could read together for hours. A silence that’s good and relaxing. Lily is the opposite, she has to know that but sometimes she forgets. They compensate each other and no matter the misunderstandings, and trust me this books has a lot of those, you know they are going to realize how good they actually are for each other. Dash’s character development is pretty nice; he goes from celebrating Christmas alone to celebrating it with so many different people (and loving it) from Lily’s big family and peculiar friends.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether the story it’s true or not. What matters is the care that’s been put into the story. The love.”

All the character we know are here again and we get to see what they’ve been up to since the end of the first book. Boomer is one of a kind, the Christmas tree whisperer; he is full of surprises and full of energy. Oh, the youth, how I miss it!

New York City!! Like in Sex and the City, New York is also a character in this book. The places they go, the streets they cross, the parks Lily takes the dogs to, the High Line; everything is breathtaking. I can’t wait to go there again, maybe with someone who lives there so that they can show me around and make me discover the city hidden from tourists; the New York of New Yorkers.

Sometimes you make plans. Sometimes plans make themselves.

This is a nice story, maybe a little bit sadder than I’d expected it to be, but overall sweet and lovely. It put a smile on my face and it made me dream about a lot of things. So the rating of this book it’s not bad, it’s good because, even if I won’t read it again, I would not hesitate to recommend it.


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