The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
It’s been a year since Dash and Lily met and fell in love throughout Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. They have had some tough times. Lily’s beloved grandfather had a heart attack and taking care of him has taken a toll on Lily’s usually optimistic attitude. Now, at Christmas, Lily’s favorite time of year, it’s up to Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their friends to stage an intervention in order to get Lily into the holiday spirit. Again Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have woven a memorable cast of characters into an unconventional yet comforting tale. I recommend pouring some hot chocolate and settling into this story of warm, holiday feels.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
What is described as a book about the unlikely event in which two teenage boys both named Will Grayson meet on a Chicago street corner one cold night, ends up being an enchanting read in the hands of the masterful John Green and David Levithan. These powerhouse YA authors create a wonderfully funny, uplifting, and earnest coming-of-age story about friendship, love, and one epic musical. Written in alternating chapters between the Wills, the voices of the characters are distinct but the plot never feels choppy. I don’t expect anything less from these great writers and you shouldn’t either. Read it.
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Review: Sparkling, resonant, modern, fleeting, lasting, true
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Total Reading Time: 3.25 hours
Review: From the authors of “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” comes another erudite and fun teen “meet cute” story. At one point early in the novel, Dash describes himself as “horribly bookish” which made me smile. Also, the other main character, Lily, describes herself as “the weird girl.” So of course I was going to relate to them and like this one!