I had uber high hopes for this book. There had been a lot of buzz about it, so I picked up a copy while I was at ALA Annual conference 2016. Even though it released in October, I wanted to save it for the holidays. I wanted to let it get me into the spirit. The title, The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, is as close to saying that it’s for Christmastime without actually saying it.
That plan only succeeded half way. Yeah, I saved it for the Christmas season, hoping to get all snuggly with it. However, this book was extremely depressing.
On one hand, you could say that this means the authors knew how to express emotion.
Or, you could say that this is not a cuddly Christmas time story. There were so many pros and cons to this story! I keep wildly flipping between wanting to give it four stars, or 3.5.
I can’t decide.
Because the emotions of it all were fabulous. It dealt with hopes, let downs and personality changes that occur after traumatic events. (or at least after massive life-changes). So that part was super touching, because I’ve been through some of that…
Except, I kept wanting to smack the crap out of both of them for their crappy attitudes.
At one point, Lily decides to go to the island and then she doesn’t tell anyone that she’s leaving. Which is fine, except everyone freaked out because she’s been acting strange.
Not only does she leave, but SHE STAYS GONE. She randomly walks into a bakery and starts decorating gingerbread and just ends up crashing there. Overnight. It goes on a bizarre bunny trail, ending with frosting an orgy gingerbread scene. Um…okay?
I know depression makes you do odd things, and makes you not care…about anything….
But it just came from out of left field so fast that it felt odd and out of place for the book.
So, what I’m thinking/feeling about this book? CONFLICTED. It had a cutesy ending, where everything was tied up in a string (but not in a sudden, weird way…). It was hilarious when the librarians ended up with injuries after slipping on glittery ice (and Dash ended up with an eye patch…)
Soo….I liked it? 4 stars? Yes? Why am I asking myself so many questions?
I definitely think it should come with the warning that it does have its depressing thoughts.
I’m extremely prone to getting depressed around Thanksgiving/Christmas. So that may be another reason I was so affected by Lily’s emotional state.
I’d don’t know if I’d recommend it for Christmas/wintery fun. It has it’s perks. So I’d recommend it for those who don’t mind a side of depression with their eggnog.