Let It SnowHot
Would it turn you off if I tell you that Let It Snow is lovely? I hope not, because thats the word that came to mind as I read this book. I smiled throughout. I felt good throughout. Its just what I needed after reading a heavy-duty fantasy.
A major snow storm on the East Coast began on the day before Christmas and continued throughout Christmas Day. This is the premise that binds three original stories by three great writers: John Green (Paper Chase), Maureen Johnson (Suite Scarlett) and Lauren Myracle (Bliss).
Story 1: Jubilee, yes thats her name, is forced to take a train to Florida to stay with her grandparents when her parents are arrested after a riot breaks out at the annual Flobie Santa Village sale&you know those little village models that people collect. This means she cant go to Noah, her boyfriends house, for his annual Christmas smorgasbord. Its their one year anniversary. On board she meets Jeb who is coming home from visiting his family on the Reservation. The train gets stuck in a snow drift in Gracetown, NC. Jubilee gets off the train and treks to the local Waffle House where she meets Stuart who just broke up with Chloe.
Story 2: Cheerleaders, also on the train, wind up at the Waffle House. The high school student who is managing the place on Christmas Eve calls his friend Tobin to come over with a Twister game demanded by the cheerleaders. The chance to mingle with cheerleaders outweighs the danger of driving in major snow. Tobin and his friend JP drag The Duke (Tobins girl friend, not girlfriend) with him. JP wants the cheerleaders. The Duke wants hash browns. Youve got to know that The Duke likes Tobin.
Story 3: Addie broke up with Jeb (Story 1) because (i) he wasnt as demonstrative as she wanted&no PDAs and (ii) because after a fight, she kissed sleazy, but gorgeous, Charlie and is now not worthy of Jeb. Two days later she e-mailed Jeb saying she was sorry and inviting him to Starbucks to talk. Of course, he doesnt show up.
So what these stories are predictable? The writers are great. The fact that theres a male perspective makes this a book that guys might like as well. The characters are interesting, colorful, wise and likeable. The stories are different. They interweave each other, making them enjoyable by themselves or in the context of the other stories. The whole thing just works. Regardless the time of year, snow or sun, holiday or not, Let It Snow is just an enjoyable book. Makes me want to go hug my girlfriend. It might do the same to you.
The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson
Take hilarious shenanigans, Christmas, and romance; mix them thoroughly and what do you end up with? Magic, I tell you, magic. I can't even count how many times I laughed out loud while reading this. I could read a whole book about Jubilee because she's unintentionally hilarious. Plus, she's the type of girl who'll trudge through 5 feet of snow by herself to go to a Waffle House and that's the type of girl I like to read about.
Her relationship with Stuart is good even though they had a lot of unnecessary miscommunication at the end. They start out as strangers (Stuart seeming a little more strange upon first glance) in a Waffle House then progress to friendly jabs at each other, and finally they realize that being together is kind of nice. Basically what I'm saying is that it all felt really natural except, you know, for the fact that the first night they met she slept on his couch...
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green
Mr. Green presents a familiar situation: guy friend and girl friend both like each other but neither realizes. Part of me was always going “Tobin, you idiot! Can you not see the googly eyes Duke is making and the massive elphant-sized hints she's dropping?!” But no, because I've totally been there. Before my (now) husband and I started dating I'm pretty sure everyone in the entire town knew we liked each other but could we see it? Hah, not a chance. So Tobin and Duke's relationship was predictable, but that didn't diminish its cuteness.
I liked that even though there were three (well, technically four, but he was mostly just on the phone) friends the third didn't just become a third wheel left out in the cold. JP (said third friend) was hilarious and had a great relationship with both Duke and Tobin and the story certainly wouldn't be the same without him.
The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle
Myracle's story wasn't the laugh-out-loud hilarious type like the other two, but it kind of ended up balancing everything out. Now, it's pretty obvious within the first couple pages that this will be a coming-to-terms-with-the-fact-that-you-need-to-change type of story, but again, predictability isn't always a bad thing.
I didn't really understand Addie. All the people closest to her are telling her she's self-absorbed and she refuses to listen and just rattles off all the problems with her life instead. Plus, why in the world would you break up with someone if YOU are the cheater and your other half DOESN'T want to break up? I just don't get it. That's kind of the point of Addie, though. She's dramatic and just does things but you get to see her grow into a better person by the end.
One of the best things about this little trio of stories is the way you get to watch them all come together. At first it's just a few references to people or happenings you heard about before, but then it all builds up into this giant avalanche of crossing paths and you see how everyone affected everyone else. It's pretty neat and (for the most part) believable too.
The Nutshell: If you want a cute, funny winter read by some awesome authors then you simply must pick up Let It Snow
Jubilee Express: Short Story #1
This is one Christmas story that you just have to read with a warm cup of cocoa beside you. It's just so adorable! The storyline is beautiful and you fall in love with the characters. It was short, simple,sweet- my favorite story in this whole book! If you buy anyone a holiday book....definitely pick this up!
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle: Short Story #2
This was probably my least favorite short story in the book but that's because I agreed with the Duke(one of the MC's) that the guys were acting very guy-ish. Also the relationship that came out of this story didn't make as much sense as the first story and everything happened extremely quickly. I did enjoy how everything was interconnected. Bits and pieces of stuff from the first story came up along with foreshadowing to the last story. I got chills out of that. Anyway this story was okay, not terrible, not great.
The Patron Saint of Pigs #3
This story was definately cute. It was about a girl regretting her breakup with her boyfriend (something anyone can relate to). It had a.... happy ending and although I found the MC's voice to be a little whiny, she did develop over the course of the story. The plot was good and, again, you caught tidbits of the first two stories throughout this one. It made the story very real. If you're looking for a good book for a loved one this Christmas, I suggest you ask your local bookseller about this one
This book was really good which is no surprise when you look at the
three masterful writers that wrote these three short stories.
really enjoyed how the stories were intertwined which I did not realize
when I picked it up. But each of the stories was different and the
romances were not too mushy but just romantic enough.
sounded really quaint and cute and was the perfect setting for the
three winter romances. All of the characters were well developed and
really interesting even the seemingly unimportant ones! Overall a great
book by great authors!
reprinted with author's permission
Title: Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances Author: John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle Publisher: Speak Number Of Pages: 352
Summary from back of book: 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 only see in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle would not normally end with a delicious kiss with a charming stranger. And no one would think 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 the three of today's best-selling 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.
Review: Let It Snow is a three different romances. Maureen Johnson's The Jubilee Express is really funny. John Green's A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle is good but, not my favorite. Lauren Myracle's The Patron Saint Of Pigs is sad at first but gets really good. In all this book was really great! It only took me a couple of hours to read though.