The twelve days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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Dash and Lily bk 2. Allen & Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760293826
(Age: 15+) Recommended. Following the success of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, Cohn and Levithan have collaborated again to bring the likeable pair back in a Christmas tale. Lily has had a very tough year with her grandfather suffering a heart attack. She has taken on much of his care, and her usual optimism has begun to flag. She has had no inclination to do the usual Christmas planning that she loves so much, and her romance with Dash seems to be flagging as well. Dash, her brother Langston and her friends decide to get together to help Lily recover the Christmas spirit.
With typical humour, Lily and Dash tell their stories in alternative chapters. It is not as light hearted as Dash and Lily's book of dares, as this time the story concentrates on the themes of change and communication. Lily is finding it very difficult to come to terms with the change in her grandfather's health, as are her parents who are arguing seriously about where to live for the first time. She is also finding it difficult to communicate her feelings to Dash, who also doesn't make his feelings known either, so the two of them seem to be at odds at times. But Dash is determined to cheer Lily up and with the help of his friend Boomer, brings in a Christmas tree to start off the twelve days of Christmas. From then on, there are quite a few adventures around New York told in the authors' humorous style and which will really appeal to anyone who likes reading about stories set in that city.
Some of the advice about communication, change and love will also resonate with readers, as they follow the plight of the two young people.
This is sure to be a hit with readers who like to enjoy the holiday season with a Christmas story that is engrossing and enjoyable.
Pat Pledger