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For Dash and Lily, it's beginning to look a lot like...distance! Just in time for the series release of Dash & Lily on Netflix comes a new helping of love—this time across the pond as...
For Dash and Lily, it's beginning to look a lot like...distance! Just in time for the series release of Dash & Lily on Netflix comes a new helping of love—this time across the pond as...
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  • For Dash and Lily, it's beginning to look a lot like...distance! Just in time for the series release of Dash & Lily on Netflix comes a new helping of love—this time across the pond as best-selling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan send Dash and Lily to England.
    Dash and Lily were feeling closer than ever...it's just too bad they're now an ocean apart. After Dash gets accepted to Oxford University and Lily stays in New York to take care of her dogwalking business, the devoted couple are struggling to make a long distance relationship work. And when Dash breaks the news that he won't be coming home for Christmas, Lily makes a decision: if Dash can't come to her, she'll join him in London. It's a perfect romantic gesture...that spins out of Lily's control. Soon Dash and Lily are feeling more of a gap between them, even though they're in the same city. Will London bring them together again—or will it be their undoing?

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    Lily

    December 21st

    I can't be happy unless Dash is miserable at Christmas. It's like it's my job to turn his holiday scowl into a smile.

    A happy-looking face doesn't come naturally to Dash. Things that I think should provoke a grin, like a great dog, or cute toddler twins stumbling around a sandbox like drunken pirates, or a rained-on person finally hailing a cab, won't turn his frown upside down. Things that will: a hipster Instagramming their walk through the park and then slipping on that great dog's poo; toddler twins using their yogurt tubes for a sword match that quickly escalates into a not-so-cute food fight involving a lot of sand and angry parents; or a cab discharging an arrogant Wall Streeter directly into an ankle-deep puddle of water.

    I don't want to seem like a needy girlfriend, but I kind of live for those rare moments of Dash's smile. It's so pure, maybe because it's so unexpected, and never forced. Dare I say, it could light a whole Christmas tree. (If he heard me say that, it would instantly disappear and threaten never to come back.)

    I am determined to bring him some smiles this Christmas. It's too long since I've seen his face, in any expression! He had two great choices last spring before we both graduated high school. He got into Columbia, which would have kept him in New York City and made me very happy, and he got into Oxford University, which, as an Anglophile and a book lover, made him very happy, with the ocean's distance from his parents a big bonus. (They're nice, I guess. But complicated. Not in the fun way.)

    Dash and I have been together two years, and although I'm not usually selfless when it comes to letting go of the people or animals I love, I actually encouraged him to go to Oxford. It had always been his dream—he should live it! I deferred admission to Barnard College so I could take a gap year and focus on my dog-walking business and volunteer at my grandpa's assisted living facility. The big bonus for me—for us—and what made the separation feel okay at the time of the big decisions was that I'd have more free time to travel to England to visit Dash since I wasn't in school.

    That's how it was supposed to work out, at least. My business grew beyond my wildest expectations and occupied more time than I ever imagined. I haven't seen Dash in person since August. I want to run my hands through his mop of hair, which has grown even longer since he's been studying so hard he hasn't bothered to get it cut. He also hasn't bothered much with shaving. I never thought an unkempt look was my guy type, and it's not just how hard I've been missing Dash—I like it. I can't wait to kiss his scruff.

    His new life in England is not what Dash expected, either. I've gotten the sense he doesn't like it as much as he thought he would. Or maybe it's Oxford, with all its rules and traditions. Dash is vague about it, but I'm his girlfriend. I sense these things. (His mumbling that maybe he'll look into transferring elsewhere next year was also a clue. I'm not a clairvoyant. I'd like to be, though!)

    I figured we'd talk about it more when he came home for Christmas, but a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, he dropped a bomb on me. He called me for a "talk." The kind that required a text announcing the "talk" ahead of time, so I knew it wasn't going to be a good "talk." Luckily, it turned out not to be the kind of talk that one of our favorite singers, Robyn, suggests some boys have with their girlfriends. Or the "maybe we should see other people" talk. Instead, Dash dropped a Christmas bomb. The I'M GOING TO STAY AT MY GRANDMOTHER'S IN LONDON OVER CHRISTMAS INSTEAD OF GO...

About the Author-

  • Rachel Cohn is the author of critically acclaimed YA novels Very LeFreakYou Know Where to Find MeCupcakeShrimpGingerbread, and Beta. A graduate of Barnard College, she lives and writes in Los Angeles.
    When not writing during spare hours on weekends, David Levithan is editorial director at Scholastic and the founding editor of the PUSH imprint, which is devoted to finding new voices and new authors in teen literature. His acclaimed novels Boy Meets Boy and The Realm of Possibility started as stories he wrote for his friends for Valentine's Day (something he's done for the past 22 years and counting) that turned themselves into teen novels. He's often asked if the book is a work of fantasy or a work of reality, and the answer is right down the middle—it's about where we're going, and where we should be.

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  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2020

    Gr 8 Up-Dash and Lily, now two years into their relationship, are currently separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Dash is attending his dream school of Oxford University, and Lily stayed behind in New York City to take a gap year and grow her dog walking and dog crafts brand. It's now Christmas, Lily's favorite time of year, and she flies to London with the intention of surprising Dash. After arriving, things do not go as she had anticipated. Dash doesn't appear to be excited that she's there and is struggling at Oxford; reality isn't matching the expectations he built up over the years. Lily is debating whether she should turn down Barnard College and accept an invitation to attend the Pembroke Canine Facilitator Institute in the UK so the two can be closer. Cohn and Levithan have teamed up again to take readers on another adventure with their favorite couple. This light and warm collaboration touches on postsecondary insecurities many teens may have. While the story takes place only over a couple of days, it feels as though the couple are unrealistically able to form long-term solutions for their current situations. VERDICT Purchase where the two previous titles are still part of the collection and have circulated well.-Alicia Kalan, The Northwest Sch., Seattle

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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