Thursday, 19 January 2017

#ZoellaBookClub: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I've been dating Lily for almost a year, and no matter what I did, I couldn't get her brother to like me, trust me, or think I was remotely good enough for his sister. So it was a shock when he told me he wanted to meet for lunch, just the two of us. 
Are you sure you have the right number? I texted back to him. 
Don't be a dick. Just show up, he replied. 

Published in October 2016
Pages 240

Summary
Dash and Lily have been dating for nearly a year, but when Lily’s beloved grandfather falls ill, the repercussions take their toll on everyone. Even though they are still together, somehow the magic has gone out of their relationship and it’s clear that Lily has fallen out of love with life.
Action must be taken! Dash teams up with Lily’s brother and a host of their friends, who have just twelve days to get Lily’s groove back in time for Christmas.
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Out of all the books chosen for the Zoella Book Club, this one was my least favourite, which really surprises me. I absolutely adored Dash and Lily's Book of Dares - it still is one of the loveliest Christmas books I've ever read and one I will return to again and again. Unfortunately, The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily just doesn't live up to it's predecessor.
I'm not saying I hated it, because I didn't. I gave it three stars. Those three stars were for the whole idea behind the book, of having twelve days to make Lily remember how much she loved Christmas, even though the story seemed to stray from this idea a bit as the book progressed. I loved Lily's family and how they all banded together to try and make her happy again. And having just come back from New York, it was brilliant to be able to picture the places mentioned in the book. 
What I didn't love this time around, was Lily and Dash. Unbelievable! I know! I think it's because they were such a perfect couple in the first book and I loved seeing them come together. Where as in this book, they were so disjointed, which is understandable as their relationship had hit the rocks. I think that's what I hated the most - watching this perfect relationship, turn to meh. I found it really sad. Lily comes across as quite whiny too. I know she is going through a really hard time, but it felt like she was taking it out on all the ones who loved her and I felt sorry for them, not to mention Dash. 
As much as I would love to say, buy this book because you will love it. I'm really sorry but I'm going to say, buy the first one instead as this doesn't compare. That's really harsh for me. *lies down to recover from harshness* But I have to be truthful. Sorry. 

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