The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

COHN, Rachel & . 224p. ebook available. Knopf. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399553806.
Gr 10 Up—The beloved Dash and Lily are back in the hilarious and heartfelt sequel to Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. It's been a year since we left the couple, and since then, things have been rough. Lily's grandfather had a heart attack and has a rocky road to recovery, leaving Lily sad during her favorite time of year—Christmas. As a result, her dutiful boyfriend Dash has his mind set on making her happy in the 12 days left leading up to the holiday. Participating in another scavenger hunt, a memorable ice-skating party, a family Christmas party, and more, the duo, along with a cast of familiar friends and family members, take on memorable high jinks, showing readers that the holiday season isn't just about presents but also about being in the present. Cohn and Levithan have once again crafted an exuberant novel capturing the emotions of teen love, along with the hilarity of young adult life. Chapters that alternate between the protagonists' perspectives flow seamlessly together and will have readers laughing out loud as the couple are faced with various issues—together and apart. However, the heart of the novel runs deep and is slowly revealed, leaving teens feeling all the emotions at once.
VERDICT A wonderful addition to collections where the first novel is popular.

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