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“The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan was absolutely ADORABLE! It took me roughly two days to read through and I kind of wish I had stretched it out more.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars

When I added this book to my Goodreads account I noticed there were quite a few mixed reviews and I want to address that in this post. I read through some of the reviews after adding my own rating. I always like to rate books first without being influenced by other people’s opinions. Sometimes when I read reviews first I tend to change my mind on what I truly felt about a book and submit to peer pressure. Let’s be honest, we all do it sometimes. People made comments that the book was slow or not as good as the first one. I have never read the first book (and didn’t even know it existed until just now). After reading this book I definitely will be reading the first book, “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.” From what the reviews said this was a sort of sequel to that book and I’m hoping it will tie everything together perfectly. However, I really, really liked this story and I think the reviewers got a lot wrong about it.

There is a lot happening in this short book but at the center of it all is Lily. I totally related to her character and the struggles she was facing. Everything about her was like a mirrored image of myself. I think that’s a large part of why I enjoyed this book. While this book is definitely filled with all of the Christmas vibes it’s also about Dash and Lily learning to accept their lives as they are and face their own challenges. Lily has become her Grandpa’s caretaker and is feeling the weight of worry and concern weighing heavily on her. She wants to take care of everyone and doesn’t recognize that she needs to take care of herself too. Her passionate love for Christmas gets ignored as she becomes depressed and overwhelmed with the situations life currently is presenting her. While trying to take care of her family she finds herself feeling disconnected from her boyfriend Dash.

Dashiell at first appears to be a typical guy. Kind of clueless and just taking life day by day. He faces his own life struggles such as his divorced parents and their not so newly married spouses. He’s dealing with his fears of becoming a jerk like his father and how to remain true to himself while not getting involved in his parent’s drama. Dash loves Lily and is worried about her. He doesn’t fully understand what’s happening inside her head and rather than talking to her he waits on her.

That’s all I will say about these two love birds because I don’t want to spoil everything. hehe Here is what I do want to say… For anyone who hasn’t gone through a tough Holiday season, it may be difficult to relate to Lily. Last year, I almost didn’t celebrate Christmas because I had just lost my Grandma. I would walk through the mall with my headphones in to avoid the obnoxiously cheery Christmas music and I could barely stomach seeing Christmas decorations. Nothing felt right anymore and all I wanted was someone to know I needed them. I wanted someone to comfort me and take care of me. I didn’t want to have to ask for support or help, I just wanted someone to know I needed it and be there. As romantic as the idea may be, we do have to tell people what we need and want. No matter how much they may love us, they can’t read our minds. This year, Christmas has been tough with my Mum fighting cancer but I’ve learned to embrace the good moments. To celebrate the good things that we’ve been blessed with this year and that we are together. I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed as a caretaker and feeling as though you are kind of losing yourself in the process. Just like Lily, I am trying to find myself again and not to be defined by these hard moments life has brought my way.

When you read this novel know that the emotions Lily experiences are all VERY real and perfectly described. Yes, this book is a bit cheesy and definitely predictable in many ways. I would rate this a typical feel-good Christmas story. Read it for what it is… a cute Christmas story where magic and love still win. And if you can relate to Lily or Dash then read it as a source of hope that no matter what life throws your way, you will make it through. Don’t forget to celebrate life’s precious moments and if you happen to lose yourself along the way, you are never too far gone to be found.

Another book review will be coming tomorrow… So check back tomorrow for more bookish goodness!! YAY! We’re back in action, Book Lovelies.

Until next time…Happy Reading, Book Lovelies! <3

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