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The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

(Dash & Lily #2)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  9,135 ratings  ·  1,362 reviews
Dash and Lily have now been going out for nearly a year - and it's been a really hard year. Lily's beloved grandfather had a heart attack and fell down some stairs. He survived, but his recovery has been slow. Lily insists that everything's fine. But Dash knows that her spirit is sagging. Her enthusiasm has been exhausted. And even with Christmastime, her favourite time, a ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published November 2016 by Allen & Unwin (first published October 18th 2016)
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Dec 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
200 pages has never felt more like 400. (And this is a sequel, too.)

For background on my history with the first book: I read it for a middle school summer reading list the year it came out. (Six years ago.) I think I liked it but I was 13 and can’t hold myself to that belief. The other thing about it being six years ago is it really seems like a sequel is unnecessary. Especially one that takes place a mere year after the first. But I was on a quest for Christmasy books and I saw this. So I picke
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well poo! I didn't love this book as much as the first book. I think Dash & Lily's Book of Dares was so much better than this one.

I still liked it, just didn't love it! And it was nice and Christmasy <-- I made up that word!


Lily was having a hard time when her grandfather had a minor heart attack. There were also some other things going on in her life.

It just didn't feel like the old Dash & Lily. Maybe because the book was so short, I don't know. I just love Dash & Lily either way so there.

Trina (Between Chapters)
Had some cute moments but it was too twee for me. I didn't get along with the writing style (shallow, tongue in cheek, both characters had too similar voices). First one was better because of the notebook format. I'd leave it as a standalone. ...more
I enjoyed this book but it was missing that Dash & Lily fun!
Melina Souza
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, christmas
"The people you know the most, the people you love the most - you're also going to feel the parts of them you don't know the most".

Feliz de ter mais um pouquinho de Dash & Lily.
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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2.5 Stars

Ever since I read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, I had been dying for a companion novel, so I was thrilled to see one being released. However, there is far less adventure in this story and Lily’s character is so negative. The constant negativity doesn’t make the book seem Christmassy at all, and I ended up being pretty disappointed with this one.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, like Dash and Lily’s Books of Dares, contains adventure, though definitely not
Stacey (prettybooks)
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is one of my favourite YA festive novels. I've read it three times, over Christmas 2011, 2013 and 2016, so I was elated to discover that there would be a sequel.

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is sadder, more melancholy than its predecessor. Lily's grandfather is sick and she's unable to appreciate her favourite season. For this new Lily, there's no magical Christmas tree and no festive reindeer skirt. She is depressed and grieving, insecure about both her relationship
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book. The first book was okay and perfect to get people in the Christmas spirit. This one was just boring and slow. The things that happened were ridiculous and it definitely did not put me in the Christmas spirit. I found Lily and Dash annoying at times and I was not interested enough in their relationship to care.
I'm so sad to say this book disappointed me.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25* re-read

From the time I was a baby, my mom took me to the library at least once a week. Librarians were like Mary Poppins to me. They always knew how to match a book to my mood or to whatever I was going through at the time. I could always find peace in books."
"And escape."
"Escape sure. But it wasn't so much about getting away, as going to. You can go anywhere in a book. Books are adventure. Knowledge. Possibility. Magic.”

When I read this for the first time, in 2016, I didn’t like it that
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holiday
3/5 Stars

My last book of 2018!!!!

I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish this today, but I hope I will. *fingers crossed*
so cute!! i finished it in one sitting. this novel felt like a fan fiction to the original, which i adore. it made me miss new york so very much and put me in the christmas spirit. would definitely recommend if you're looking for a holiday pick-me-up! ...more
♛ may

This book review is dedicated to my girl, Lady Pim . . . also known as Annie ☆ {a court of mist & books} ☆

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is the absolute cutest, had me cooing the whole time (well, not the first half, but you get my point.)

After reading the first book over a year ago, I fell in love with Dash and Lily and their quirky personalities, random hilarity, and ridiculous lives. Reading book two was like rereading book one with the benefit of not having the plot revealed (if that e
Alternate title: USE YOUR FUCKING WORDS.

I mean.

First of all, the Australian covers of this duology are the most godawful shit. Seriously. They're so, so ugly. We have Dash and Lily's Book of Dares at work and I can't persuade a single student to read it, even after nine months of trying. Which makes me sad, because the first book is super cute and I love it.

This one, however, is a) depressing as all hell, and b) just flat out frustrating. Lily drove me absolutely nuts from start to finish. Sh
Kate (GirlReading)
Adorable, Christmassy and all in all, a really enjoyable read.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is one of my favourite contemporaries, so I was both extremely excited and slightly apprehensive when I heard it was getting a sequel. This wasn't what I was expecting from a Dash and Lily sequel, it wasn't all sparkles and Christmas magic and honestly, I loved that. I really appreciated that this focused on a side of the holiday season that often gets brushed over, the fact that for a lot of people, it's
Cameron Chaney
Overall, I liked this, but it could be pretty slow and there were parts that began to annoy me. I liked the direction things were going with Lily at first, then she started into the whining and I got irritated. Before then, she was selflessly being worn down, and I thought the book would be about her friends and family giving back to her. And this did happen, but only after she started complaining and running away. This could have been handled a little better.

Still, this sequel was charming enou
samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
okay if this book doesn't put you in the holiday spirit then you're just a Scrooge anyways. This book is great, writing will keep you on the edge of your seat. and it's perfect for the hoilday season but it was a bit short sadly. ...more
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gluttons for punishment
Ughhh... Where do I begin???

I didn't enjoy the first book in this series, 'Dash and Lily's Book of Dares' (review here) so I hear you ask why did I read the second one???

Combination of two things.

I'd made the dreadful mistake of downloading this BEFORE I had read book one... Oh such a rookie error....

And second...
Things are ALWAYS more fun when you can piss and moan discuss things calmly and sensibly with a friend!! And this was book number two in my Christmas buddy re
Mar 07, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, pub-2016
I. Am. So. Excited!
So Excited for this Book!
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This was cute. Now I need to read the first book. Haha
May 09, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I guess this has become a Christmas tradition.
See you soon December.

Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I really enjoyed Dash and Lily from their first book, but this story just did not seem as good. It was woefully sad and did not have the excitement and wonder from the first book. Quick read though.

Full review here:

I have been in the Dash & Lily fan club since I read their story in 2014. I loved their crazy games and following clues. They were two lost souls that found each other and it was beautiful. I was over the moon excited to discover there was a co
Robin Stevens
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, Christmassy, romantic romp through New York City. Do try to read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares before you read this, but I think it stands alone as well. 12+

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
Cori Reed
CUTE. I didn't like it as much as the first story, but still a fun holiday read. ...more
Suad Shamma
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017
This book could not have been more disappointing. What a pointless sequel and waste of paper and ink this turned out to be.

When I first found out there was a sequel to Dash and Lily, I was so excited because I was one of those people who LOVED Dash and Lily's Book of Dares and was completely and utterly charmed by the whole concept and romance of it. Having this Christmas sequel, I was hoping for a cozy and warm continuation of where they left off. I didn't expect it all to be rainbows and butt
Weird how I liked this one a lot more than the first book. Plus it doesn't hurt that it was such a quick read.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily was a cute read. Again, just like I mentioned up above, it was weird that I liked this one more than the first one. I don't know what it was but maybe the champagne yesterday made me like them a bit more? Who knows.

If you need a book that needs to get you ready for Christmas, then this book is for you. I totally get that it's not even October yet (and tr
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this book...but especially the Librarians!
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did really enjoy this book but I didn't find the need for it. I feel that there was not any need to continue with Lily and Dash's story and I could have imagined an ending for them myself. ...more
Zoë ☆
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, festive-reads
*1.5 stars
Nah. I didn’t like this. I didn’t like the main characters and frowned loads of times while reading this. Didn’t really get me into the Christmas mood unfortunately 😅
Kaethe Douglas
Some years are just more horrible than others, from the personal to the planetwide. Where the book of dares turned the Christmas season from bad to best for two people, here there's been a year full of suck for Lily's family. And so, there is a lot of effort put into making the holidays better, because people need a break from misery. Sometimes it all feels like too much, and maybe a day off will help. And sometimes it takes a lot of effort but the effort to make joy is its own reward.
Maybe the
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Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she's not reading other people's books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City. ...more

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