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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

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A 2016 Zoella Book Club Pick!
New York Times
bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are back together with a life-affirming new holiday romance starring Dash and Lily of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares!


Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers watched the couple fall in love in Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. Lily's beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. Lily's spark has dimmed so much that Langston, her brother, has put aside his grudge against Dash to team up and remind Lily what there is to love about life.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily's favorite time of the year—Dash, Langston, and their friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday spirit of New York City in December, a time and place unlike anywhere else in the world. Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is bound to be a Christmas favorite for seasons to come.

"Cohn and Levithan write with verve and plenty of wry comedy. . . . Intriguing characters and splendid writing." —Kirkus Reviews

"Peppered with sharp banter and up-to-the-minute New York City references. . . . A full-fledged rom-com." —Publishers Weekly

"Hilarious and heartfelt . . . [captures] the emotions of teen love, along with the hilarity of young adult life." —School Library Journal
A 2016 Zoella Book Club Pick!
New York Times
bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are back together with a life-affirming new holiday romance starring Dash and Lily of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares!


Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers watched the couple fall in love in Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. Lily's beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. Lily's spark has dimmed so much that Langston, her brother, has put aside his grudge against Dash to team up and remind Lily what there is to love about life.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily's favorite time of the year—Dash, Langston, and their friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday spirit of New York City in December, a time and place unlike anywhere else in the world. Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is bound to be a Christmas favorite for seasons to come.

"Cohn and Levithan write with verve and plenty of wry comedy. . . . Intriguing characters and splendid writing." —Kirkus Reviews

"Peppered with sharp banter and up-to-the-minute New York City references. . . . A full-fledged rom-com." —Publishers Weekly

"Hilarious and heartfelt . . . [captures] the emotions of teen love, along with the hilarity of young adult life." —School Library Journal
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    DASH

    A Pear in a Partridge Tree

    Saturday, December 13th

    I had 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.

    The scary thing was, as much as I was trying to deny it, I knew why he wanted to meet, and what he wanted to talk about.

    He wasn't right about me, but he was right that there was a problem.

    It had been a hard year.

    Not at the start. The start had me clutching for such plebeian terms as awesome! and super! Because Christmas and the new year brought me something other than the usual consumerism and post-consumerism depression. The start of this year brought me Lily—bright, believing Lily. She was enough to get me to give credence to the notion of a benevolent fat guy in a red suit and a turbo-jacked sled. She was enough to make me feel cheer when Father Time turned over the keys to a newborn and said, Here, drive this. She was enough to turn me a little cynical about my own cynicism. We started the year making out in the rare-book room of the Strand, our favorite bookstore. It appeared to be an augur of good things to come.

    And it was. For a time.

    She met my friends. It went well.

    I met many members of her seemingly infinite family. It went passably.

    She met my parents and stepparents. They were confused by how their dark cloud of a son could have brought home such a sunbeam. But they weren't complaining. They were, in fact, a little in awe, to a degree that New Yorkers usually reserve for the perfect bagel, a fifty-block cab ride with no red light, and the one movie out of every five that Woody Allen aces.

    I met her beloved grandpa. He liked my handshake, and said that was all he really needed to know about me in order to approve. I sought more approval anyway, because this was a man whose eyes sparkled when he recounted a ball game played fifty years ago.

    Langston, Lily's brother, needed more convincing. Mostly, he left us alone. I didn't mind. I wasn't dating Lily to be with her brother. I was dating Lily to be with Lily.

    And I was with Lily. We didn't go to the same school or live in the same neighborhood, so we made Manhattan our playground, gamboling through the frostbitten parks and taking refuge in Think coffee shops and every available screen at the IFC. I showed her my favorite corners of the New York Public Library. She showed me her favorite dessert at Levain . . . which was basically all of them.

    Manhattan didn't mind our wanderings one bit.

    January turned to February. The cold started to seep into the city's bones. Smiles were harder to come by. The snow that dazzled as it fell grew less and less welcome as it stayed. We wandered around in layers, unable to feel anything firsthand.

    But Lily—Lily didn't mind. Lily was mittens and hot chocolate and snow angels that lifted from the ground and danced in the air. She said she loved winter, and I wondered if there was any season she didn't love. I worked hard to accept her enthusiasm as genuine. My mental furnace was built for immolation, not warmth. I didn't understand how she could be so happy. But such was the love I had fallen into that I decided not to...

About the Author-
  • RACHEL COHN is the author of critically acclaimed YA novels Very LeFreak, You Know Where to Find Me, Cupcake, Shrimp, Gingerbread, and Beta. A graduate of Barnard College, she lives and writes in Los Angeles. Find her online at RachelCohn.com and @RachelCohn.

    DAVID LEVITHAN is a children's book editor in New York City and the New York Times bestelling author of several books for young adults, including Boy Meets Boy; Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green); Every Day; and Another Day. Follow him at DavidLevithan.com and @loversdiction.

    Rachel and David's first three collaborations were Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 26, 2016
    Dash and Lily met and fell for each other over the holidays in 2010’s Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, and this rowdy sequel picks up one year later as the teens’ relationship is showing signs of stress. Lily is concerned about her grandfather’s health (he suffered a heart attack and a bad fall) and about Dash’s true feelings for her; as a result, her typical holiday exuberance is all but gone. The authors again alternate between Dash and Lily’s first-person perspectives, which are peppered with sharp banter and up-to-the-minute New York City references, and they send Lily on another clue-driven tour of the city. Like its predecessor, it’s a full-fledged rom-com, though the rommy moments (Lily’s heart-to-heart with her mother about relationships, Dash watching happiness sneak its way back into Lily’s life) can sit uncomfortably beside the commy ones, which include a tomato juice squirt gun duel, X-rated gingerbread cookies, and an event that becomes known as the Great Glitterskating Massacre. Ages 12–up. Agent: (for Cohn) Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, William Morris Endeavor; (for Levithan) Bill Clegg, Clegg Agency.

  • Kirkus Reviews "Cohn and Levithan write with verve and plenty of wry comedy...Intriguing characters and splendid writing."
  • Publishers Weekly "Peppered with sharp banter and up-to-the-minute New York City references...a full-fledged rom-com."
  • School Library Journal "Hilarious and heartfelt...[captures] the emotions of teen love, along with the hilarity of young adult life."
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