Published by Speak on October 2nd 2008
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday
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Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.
‘Tis the season for fun Holiday reads! I meant to read Let it Snow last winter but unfortunately never got a chance. So when December approached this time around, I just knew this would be a must read!
Let it Snow is made up of three short stories by three authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Where I have read a couple books from John Green previously, this was my first delve into the writing from the other two authors. What was a pleasant surprise to me was that the three stories were connected. I’m not sure why I didn’t realize this beforehand but it was nice to see how the stories and characters overlapped from one to another. The writing flowed well from each story. Each character had it’s own voice and if I didn’t know it, I honestly would have thought this was written by one person. The authors worked very well together.
All three stories center around a record-breaking snowstorm that hits on Christmas Eve. The Jubliee Express (Maureen Johnson) introduces us to the storm as our main character, Jubilee, sets aboard a train to her grandparents’ home as her Christmas plans suddenly fall through. The train breaks downs so Jubilee decides to set off to a Waffle House for food and shelter. She meets a boy, Stuart, who helps her and cuteness and hilarity ensues. I think of the three, this was my favorite. Maybe because I felt the most romantic connection between the two. And Stuart was a complete sweetheart. I was so sad when their story ended! I wouldn’t have minded a lot more of their story.
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle (John Green) introduces us to a whole new set of friends who are making their way to the exact same Waffle House for reasons that, honestly, seemed a little ridiculous to me during a snowstorm, cheerleaders. I probably laughed the hardest during this one. All the stories had quite a bit of ‘way out there’ factors but this one probably took the cake in that department. It did it’s job though, it entertained me because I had no idea what would happen next.
And finally we have our conclusion, The Patron Saint of Pigs (Lauren Myracle). This is where things start to come full circle as we meet Addie who is upset over a breakup with her boyfriend who we just so happened to meet in the first story. She is desperate to reach him and get him back but she has to go through a few changes within herself first. I found that to be the overall theme in this particular story, Addie trying to change and be more selfless. But honestly, I didn’t quite get a hold on what everyone’s hang up was with her because I didn’t get to see it myself in such a short period of time so it fell a little flat for me in places. I love how it ended though!
Overall, I thought this was a fun read. The end left me smiling when all of our characters came together, full circle. Hilarity was a strong point which to me overshadowed the romance. Don’t get me wrong, there are little romances blossoming but we just scratch the surface an itty bitty bit with each. I know that was the point but I couldn’t help but want more. And while I am okay with unrealistic circumstances at times, this one seemed to be a little too out there for what I usually like in a contemp. I feel like this is a usual theme in YA Holiday reads that I’ve found. Sometimes it works for me (I absolutely loved Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares) and sometimes it doesn’t completely. I’d still recommend this read for anyone who is looking for something light and fun at this time of year, as long as you don’t mind it being a little silly.