" I loved everything about this book...but especially the Librarians! " Sherry said.
***This review has also been posted on Xpresso Reads
I KNOW IT’S TOO EARLY to be reading Christmas-y books but I am already getting into the mood for the holidays and I really wanted to be reunited with Dash & Lily so I READ THE BOOK and it was 100% worth it. Also, to be fair, this book comes out this month so I am allowed to read a christmas-y book in October.
The biggest issue I had with this book (because rarely is a book perfect) is that it was a lot more angsty than the original Dash & Lily. Lily was justified in being angsty but the lack of communication between Dash & Lily was so off-putting given that they had been good at in the first book. If Dash & Lily just talked to each other, there would be no need for half the drama that occurred.
The other half was mostly just Lily acting out and rebelling against something I didn’t quite understand. She was tired of being Lily but she also wanted to be Lily. There was a whole lot of internal conflict going on with her throughout the book because of the kind of stress she was under (her grandpa wasn’t doing so well).
Dash was a lot more put together in this book. He was a great boyfriend and you could see him really trying to reach out to Lily during such a stressful time in her life but he also failed to understand what it was that Lily needed.
They hadn’t been dating long when the whole incident with her Grandfather took place but I would have thought that they would know each other well enough to know what it was the other was looking for. Seriously.
My mini-rant makes it seem like I didn’t enjoy the book at all but I DID. It was heart-warming and so very Christmas-y that I literally cannot stop singing Christmas carols and dreaming about hot chocolate. In fact, I am probably going to get myself some once I am done writing this review because it’s FALL goddamnit it and nobody can stop me from drinking all the hot chocolate ever.
Read this book: if you are trash like me and enjoy reading Christmas books in October. But also, more seriously, read this book because it is fun, adorable and a great book to have on your holiday season TBR.
Note that I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review" Rashika (is tired) said.
"When I saw that Dash and Lily were getting their own Christmas book, I was so excited. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares was such a cute book and I couldn't wait to see where Dash and Lily were one year after they got together.
Dash and Lily are coming up on their one year anniversary and Lily's favorite holiday: Christmas. This year, though, Lily is not in the Christmas spirit after her grandfather had a heart attack and Lily feels the need to be by his side every minute. Dash decides to take things to the extreme to get Lily back into the Christmas spirit and get their relationship back to where it was before it's too late.
Like I said, I was super excited for this book. I adored Dash and Lily as they made their way around New York City in the last book. This book, though, lacked the whimsical, adorable factor the first book did. While this one was just over 200 pages, I could not finish this book for so long because I just wasn't interested in the story. Lily was having a hard time dealing with her grandfather's health and her family making plans she wasn't sure she was ready for. I just didn't like how depressed Lily was and the thing she did throughout this book. Her actions were so un-Lily, which I guess was the point, but I wanted to old Lily back.
I know that leaving clues was their "thing" in the first book, but Lily and Dash did that two other times in this book without actually showing them following the clues. I kind of wished we had gotten more of that and not just a glossed over version of it. Also, I felt like Lily and Dash's relationship was so juvenile and Lily went out and made some pretty stupid decisions. While they both have parents that are mentioned in this book, both got away with a lot of things normal teens wouldn't be able to do with parents involved in their lives. I don't know, maybe I'm just too old for this book, but I wasn't a fan of the way they acted and got more annoyed than anything with them.
Overall, this was definitely a disappointment for me. I didn't love Dash and Lily as much as I did in the first book and just didn't care about this book. I ended up skimming the ending just so that I could be done with the book. If you're a fan of Dash and Lily, I would say savor their relationship from the first book and skip over this one. You won't be missing out on anything. " Jessica said.
" 2.5 starsSo this was pretty cute, but also extremely meh. I think it wasn't even necessary to continue the story. And also that the continuation could've been executed much better. But alas, except for a few laughs and admittedly still a lot of cute characters, this book seemed rather pointless. " Laura said.
" OMG! We got a cover! And a synopsis! YAYYYYYY! " Daniella said.
" I guess this has become a Christmas tradition.See you soon December. " Giulia said.
"i was pretty excited when i saw this was a thing. i first read dash and lily's book of dares back in 2011 and while it wasn't amazing or anything, i remember it being really cute and so i decided to pick this one up.
and tbh? it was just kind of annoying.
i completely understand the fact that i am most definitely not the intended audience for this book. it's definitely more geared toward pre-teens and teens. so i shouldn't really complain.
but there were a couple of things that really got under my skin. the first being the thing that bothered me the most and that was how Dash's father was treated at Lily's party. first her brother was rude to him, and then Lily's great aunt corralled him over to her and this conversation happened:
Mrs. Basil E: "So you're this rapscallion's father?" (referring to Dash)
Dash's father: "Guilty as charged. Or at least that's the story his mother told me."
Mrs. Basil E: "Oh--and you're rakish as well! i've often found it helpful to have a shovel around when dealing with a rake."
Dash's father: "I'm not sure i follow..."
Mrs. Basil E: "And I, sir, am not very sure you lead. but no matter. why don't you sit down next to me? as little as i expect i'll enjoy your company, it will gratify me greatly to see you out of the way. lily takes these celebrations very seriously and in my estimation, you are currently the person in the room with the highest likelihood of ruining this one. let's make sure that doesn't happen."
Okay first of all, that's SO completely and utterly rude and horrible to say to someone.
and all he mumbled in response was, "i didn't have to be here, you know."
and she proceeded to still be a bitch to him. and the poor man stayed. he stayed and drank cider and participated in the tree lighting. and everyone was so freaking mean to him FOR NO REASON.
he came to the party because lily invited him. he even brought her a present and made some corny jokes. poor guy, no one even laughed. and then lily's brother and great aunt were HORRIBLE. i repeat: FOR NO REASON.
that whole scene really left a bad taste in my mouth. and i believe it sort of reflects poorly on the authors. why do they think it's okay to have someone bullied like that who had done nothing to deserve it? and no one seemed to think anything was wrong, including Dash.
i get that his relationship with his father was a bit rocky but come on. in this case, the man did nothing to deserve this horrible treatment.
i feel like David Levithan and Rachel Cohn write a bunch of self righteous moronic characters that have their heads so far up their own asses. and i truly don't care for it.
going beyond that:
"So there we were. that completely obnoxious pair of teenagers making out in the doorway of a major department store, eliciting stares and curses from passersby and not caring one bit."
wow congratulations to you both, you're obnoxious morons.
also the next day, lily's all: "Christmas can go fudge itself because i already have what i want: Dash."
OH MY GOD. really??
it can FUDGE itself?? FUDGE?
and okay great you spoiled prick, now that you have your idiotic boyfriend, we should just cancel everyone else's happy time because you got what you want??
OH MY GOD I'M SO ANNOYED.
i am so done with david levithan and his self righteous garbage and rachel cohn and her "fudge" this and fudge that because i have a goddamn boyfriend.
i'm so glad i didn't waste money on this piece of shit. " Alexandra said.
“Sometimes you make plans. Sometimes plans make themselves.”
Maybe I missed out on the magic because I didn’t read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. Or maybe this book just isn’t good.
From what I gather, Lily used to be an optimistic and whimsical person. I’m sad to report that she is neither of those things in this book. It really made her unlikable. She had very valid reasons to feel the way that she did but her constant angst and negativity did not bode well with me. Keep in mind that this was my first time “meeting” her character and she did not make a good first impression. On the other hand, Dash seemed kind and quirky enough. Lily’s treatment toward him made me resent her even more, and I hate hating on girls, so it really bothered me that I couldn’t find any redeemable qualities in her. I really didn’t care for any of the other characters either. They all seemed like fluff. Underdeveloped fluff. Who are they and why are they important to the story? I’m practically cringing at how hateful I sound. I’m a Grinch. Sorry.
So why did I read this book? It was almost Christmas. This was new to the library and miraculously available for hold straight away. The first book was not available, but I figured that this was more of a companion novel rather than a sequel. I guess I was wrong. I was really excited about reading a holiday-themed book because I’ve never done that before… at least not during the actual holiday. I wanted to feel joy and whimsy and Christmas spirit. Unfortunately, I got none of that out of this book. On a side note, I normally like reading about dysfunctional families (I mean, hey, we all have them) but the family members in this book just reminded me why family gatherings always suck.
In conclusion, I am disappointed. The writing was fine. The book is short and fast-paced. The characters are whiny and filled with teen angst. There was not enough Christmas cheer. Where’s Elf when you need him?!
It simply wasn’t my cup of tea, but if you’re a previous fan of Dash & Lily, I’m sure you will appreciate this story a lot more than I did. I hope you enjoy it.
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