It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted my review of The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, so today I’ll be sharing my thoughts of the final book in the series, Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily. As with the previous two Dash & Lily books, I whizzed through Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily, and there are so many things I loved about it! Scroll down to read my Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily book review!
A glorious new collaboration from Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Timed to coincide with the new DASH AND LILY series on Netflix comes a new helping of love – with best-selling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan bringing Dash and Lily to England!
Dash and Lily are feeling closer than ever . . . so it’s too bad that they’re also an ocean apart. After Dash gets accepted to Oxford University and Lily stays in New York, the couple are struggling to make a long distance relationship work. And when Dash breaks the news that he won’t be coming home to New York for Christmas, Lily makes a decision: if Dash can’t come to New York, she’ll go to London. But will Lily pull off the ultimate surprise . . .?
A heart-warming wintry read that is guaranteed to be a favourite Christmas book for years to come.
Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily is set two years into Dash and Lily’s relationship and takes us across the Atlantic Ocean to England. Dash is now studying at Oxford University, and tired of being so far away, Lily has decided to pay him a surprise visit, leaving her ever-growing dog business in the hands of her older brother Langston. Will Dash be happy to see Lily again after they’ve been apart for several months, or will her plan backfire?
In Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily, Dash and Lily are taken out of their comfort zones and have to adjust to a new environment. Both Dash and Lily are going through a challenging time, and are faced with making an important decision about what they want to do with their lives. Lily is torn between pleasing her parents and doing what she loves, which is working with dogs. She also wants to be close to Dash. At the same time, Dash thinks he might have made a mistake accepting a place at a university halfway across the world, and eventually decides that England isn’t where he belongs, taking up an internship at a book publisher in New York. Lily isn’t keen on going to Barnard and would much rather attend the dog school in Twickenham or an arts college in the US. Lily’s parents are disappointed when she announces that she won’t attend the same college as them, but as she states herself, it is ultimately her decision to make, not theirs.
I really enjoyed the setting of Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily. As I live in London myself, I loved the familiarity of the places Dash and Lily visit. Near the beginning of the book, our protagonists embark on a literary scavenger hunt in the city, that takes them to places like Keats House in Hampstead. Unfortunately, the scavenger hunt is cut short: I would’ve liked to read about other literary locations in London. Lily also ventures to Twickenham to meet a dog trainer who owns the dog school she’s interested in applying for. Later on, Dash and Lily go on a date in Covent Garden, where they wander around the market and stop for ice cream at Udderlicious.
As with the other two books in the trilogy, there are lots of pop culture references throughout Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily. Films like Booksmart and Labyrinth, and singers like George Michael, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and Carly Rae Jepsen are mentioned in the book. Like its predecessors, Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily is told in alternating POVs, which is one of my favourite narrative formats as it provides an insight into what both protagonists are thinking and feeling.
All in all, Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily is a fun and entertaining novel that is a satisfying conclusion to the Dash & Lily trilogy, and provides a bit of escapism for a few hours. Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily is primarily aimed at teenagers and will resonate with them the most due to its central theme of figuring out what to do after school: it’s a tough time when teenagers have to choose between going to college/uni, taking a gap year, setting up their own business, or finding a job. Young adults in their twenties will also enjoy Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily since it’ll make you reminisce about your adolescence and first love. I’m sure I’ll revisit the Dash & Lily books in the future.
So there’s my review of Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily! What book are you reading at the moment? Have you read the Dash & Lily books?