Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily –
Knopf Books for Young Readers

The truth doesn’t have to advertise itself. All the truth needs to be is true.
— Chapter 7

Escape, sure. But it wasn’t so much about gettng away, as going to. You can go anywhere in a book. Books are adventure. Knowledge. Possbility. Magic.
— Chapter 10

Six years after the publication of one of my favourite holiday season books we finally get a follow-up! I fell in love with Dash and Lily quick and hard upon their book and I was happy to leave them after that with a warm feeling in my heart and revisit them in the seasonal spirit. Yet as with so  many of my favourite couples I always secretly hoped to find out more about their further lives.
This second book picks up about a year later so it is the holiday season again. Lily’s favourite time of the year ... only something is different and of all people Christmas-cynic Dash misses cheery Lily. I missed cheery Lily as well, she was mostly absent most of the book and it was really hard to compensate for this. In fact I just now realised how much of my love for the first book stems from the extreme contrast between Lily’s holiday cheer and Dash’s cynicism and her slow but steady conversion. And of course all the slow falling in love. Here we have the first serious relationship crisis, which is also interesting to read, but not necessary what I expected from what I thought to be a holiday romance read. I still adore Dash, especially now for all he did for Lily ... although both are to blame for what happened.

Do you have a book that got an unexpected sequel? I’m curious if you think they lived up to the first book. Share your opinions and teasers in the comments!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for your thoughts and ideas on this follow-up to a much-loved book. The one that springs to mind is 'After You', the sequel to 'Me Before You'. Himself read the first JoJo Moyes and immediately plunged into the second one, while I swithered... The first book was so emotional and strong, I wasn't sure I wanted to read what would inevitably be something of an anti-climax. In the event, I did and while it couldn't and didn't live up to the roller-coaster journey of that first, awesome book, I was glad to discover what happened to the main protagonists after the dust settled...
And this is my rather chilly offering for TT - https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/teaser-tuesday-20th-december-2016/

Kathy Martin said...

I love the teaser from Chapter 10. I still haven't read the first Dash and Lily book. I really should. I have two this week: Coffin Road by Peter May and The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacy Lee. Both are from my review stack. Happy reading!

Ms. M. said...

Not at all familiar with Dash and Lily. My first thought from the cover was that it might be a kids' book; then I thought, Dash and Lily — Dashiell Hammett and Lilian Hellman? But no, that didn't work either. Had to look it up on Goodreads — it's a YA novel. OK. Might work for my great niece and nephew. Here's my link — totally different kind of book — http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1oY

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I think I'd enjoy getting to know Dash and Lily through both books. Good Teasers, especially the one from Chapter 10.
My Tuesday post features a middle grade novel: TOO BIG.

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