Title: Let it Snow – Three Holiday Romances
Author(s): Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle
No. of pages: 354
Genre: Young Adult, Christmas/Holiday
Publication date: October 2nd 2008
Date read: December 18th 2017
Let It Snow is a collection of three moving holiday romances by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson.
An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.
A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – brings all the magic of holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.
I had been looking forward to reading this book for a long while before I finally started it this December. Alas, some YA novels can really annoy me and Let it Snow was one of those. I have often grimaced while reading about what someone said or did. These three stories were just full of teen sarcasm, teen angst, teen drama and unrealistic teen love. I didn’t exactly had a hard time picking the book up and it was easy to get through, but that didn’t necessarily make it good.
The book consists of three different stories that are, in a subtle way, connected with each other. This was the one thing I actually liked about it! But that was it. Really.
“The Jubilee Express” by Maureen Johnson
This one was my favourite, by far, because it was the only one that had a real cozy Christmas vibe to it and I loved the characters. Jubilee was a little too much at times, but somehow I couldn’t hate her. Stuart was the sweetest boy and his mom and little sister were totally adorable! I hope the other books by Maureen Johnson are even better than this short story!
“A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” by John Green
Oh John, what have you done? If it wasn’t for the character of Angie to point out the sexism in this story I would have done it. It was horrible. Three teens who go out into the biggest blizzard in fifty years for what? FOR 14 CHEERLEADERS. And although this is one of the “three holiday romances”, the romance didn’t come until the last few pages. It was like John Green just plain forgot about adding actual romance in the story and added it in a haste in the last two or three chapters. The romance didn’t actually add anything to the story that was already a … lame story to begin with.
“The Patron Saint of Pigs” by Lauren Myracle
If you want to read about teen drama and angst, I’d say: read this story. It has it all. I have read stories on angsty teens, which were good and I liked, but those were not as dramatic and unrealistic as this one.
* I’m sorry to all who love this book to bits. I mean, I won’t deny that teenagers go through lots of hard things – I was a teenager not that long ago! But now I’m 22 going on 23 and I just can’t relate to teens and their angst anymore. In hindsight I even think books like these give unrealistic expectations to insecure teens, like I was. On the other hand, if you’re a teen and not easily influenced, this book is full of feel-good moments! *