In Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily, we find that our favorite pair are in a good place. Dash was accepted to Oxford University and Lily took a gap year in order to grow her dog walking business (and become a dog-fluencer in the process). Things are finally looking good for the couple, that is until Dash announces that he won’t be coming home for Christmas. As a romantic gesture, Lily hops on a plane to give Dash a much needed holiday surprise. In true Dash & Lily form, however, things don’t go exactly as planned.
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily picks up a year after the events of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. In that time, Lily’s grandfather suffered a heart attack and his road to recovery has left a strain on her usual cheery disposition. With twelve days left until Christmas, Lily’s older brother Langston swallows his pride and teams up with Dash* and company to help Lily rediscover the magic in the world around her.
Two partially-aloof strangers meet through quirky circumstances as Lily leaves behind a red notebook in a book store only for it to come into Dash’s possession. What follows is a whirlwind romance as the two challenge each other with dares that’ll bring them outside of their comfort zone and, possibly, into each other’s arms.
It’s difficult to review an experimental fiction novel. What David Levithan provides here are film slides ordered randomly. Beautiful, yet mundane. We live through it ourselves. The story contained between the softcover is one we’ve lived through, currently living through, will live through. Something worth reading once, but I can’t imagine picking it up again (unless there are more break ups in my future).
About the book (from Amazon): How does on talk about love? Is it even possible to describe something at once utterly mundane and wholly transcendent, that has the power to consume our lives completely, while making us feel part of something infinitely larger than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this age-old problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary constructs the story of a relationship as a dictionary. Through these sharp entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of coupledom, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.
The Lover’s Dictionary
by David Levithan
Publisher: Picador (reprint 17 January 2012)