The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

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Remember Dash & Lily? Kismet in the Strand Bookstore in NY! Mysterious notebooks, book love and adventures!

Dash and Lily found each other through a series of challenges left by Lily in a red moleskine notebook at the Strand in Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, the original novel by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. Extremely cute and clever, it gave us bibliophiles the warm and fuzzies all the way to the last page.

Now we have our sequel, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily. Set one year after Dash & Lily fall for each other, fans of their first escapade will notice the change in tone in the initial few chapters. Quite serious and a bit sad, the book begins with Lily trying to take care of her grandpa after he has a heart attack. She isn’t her usual optimistic self, isn’t excited for christmas and to make matters worse, she and Dash seem to have drifted apart in their relationship.

When Lily ditches school, runs away from her family and feels completely unreachable; Dash decides it’s time to intervene. He arranges a set of clues to lead Lily on her own adventure. Each clue rekindles her joy in christmas and leads her back to him, and all those who love her.

Though not as warm or wondrous as the original – Dash & Lily enthusiasts will appreciate this second dose of the adorable pair. This bittersweet sequel is worth picking up to experience what happens next in their story. It brings back a little of that unique Dash & Lily magic to get you in the spirit for the holiday season.

And, fair warning, it might make you deathly afraid of glitter.

Holiday happily ever afters

“Before I take you into the beating heart of the story, let’s get one thing out of the way. I know from experience that when it comes up later, it will distract you so much that you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else I will tell you. My name is Jubilee Dougal. Take a moment and let it sink in.” – Let it Snow

“Let it Snow” by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle is a holiday treat for anyone who is getting into the spirit of the season.

This holiday trifecta begins with “The Jubilee Express” by Maureen Johnson. We are introduced to Jubilee on the night before Christmas, when her parents are arrested in an incident at the Flobie Santa’s Village showroom in line to buy one of the collectible ceramic village pieces they make – a fateful misunderstanding that leads to Jubilee being put on a train to her grandparents for Christmas. An epic snowstorm strands the train, and Jubilee ends up on a funny, romantic adventure that leads her to a happier Christmas than she originally envisioned.

In “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” by John Green, we are introduced to JP, the Duke and Tobin. The Duke is a young lady; JP and Tobin are her two best guy friends. They are hanging out when they get convinced by a friend to brave the weather and travel to the local Waffle House despite the blizzard outside. Their journey to the Waffle House is full of missteps with their car, snowbanks, local rivals, the need for Twister and a little personal chemistry.

Last but not least, “The Patron Saint of Pigs” by Lauren Myracle is a charming story about a slightly self-involved Starbucks barista named Addie. She has just broken up with her boyfriend and must find a way to see through her amusing, but selfish haze of despair to help her best friend acquire a special something she has been wanting for a long time.

By going out of her way to help someone else through the goodness of her heart, Addie may get a second chance at her own happiness.

If you’re in the mood to escape with a blanket, hot chocolate and a sweet, simple read to put you in the holiday spirit, this book is the perfect pick for a chilly December afternoon.

These three seasonal stories intertwine, leaving readers with a satisfyingly warm and fuzzy feeling, much like a fleece gingerbread onesie for our souls.

Through everything from chance encounters to missing teacup pigs, we are delighted as each character eventually achieves his or her own holiday happily ever after.