Title: Let It Snow
Authors: Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle
Date of Publication: October 6, 2009 (First published on Oct 1, 2008)
The weather outside is frightful, but these stories are delightful! When a huge blizzard (that doesn’t show signs of stopping) hits, Gracetown is completely snowed in. But even though it’s cold outside, things are heating up inside, proving that the holiday season is magical when it comes to love. In three wonderfully (and hilariously!) interconnected tales, YA stars John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson create a must-have collection that captures all the spirit of the holiday season.
I much prefer the blurb and the cover of the other version. Here’s the blurb for that edition:
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.
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I did not read this book this Christmas season. I read it in September, a time where I was so sad nothing can make me happy but a love story. Seriously, that’s how in the ends I was. I haven’t reread the whole book, just my favorite parts, and it was as lovely as if I read it just this Christmas. ❤ Anyway, so I will review this per story and then as a whole at the end. It just seems logical and easier that way, in my opinion.
The Jubilee Express
Admittedly, this is my favorite out of the three. I love Jubilee and I definitely love Stuart. First and foremost, Jubilee’s parents are in jail for getting rabid for a Flobie Santa Village piece. A piece of Christmas figurine buildings. I was already chuckling at that. Then you make Stuart a JEWISH guy (I don’t know why, I am biased with Jewish characters, either in TV or in print), a very likeable one at that. Everything in this story tickled all the right bones in me and I ended a happy, happy girl. Maureen Johnson, you’re funny. And good, really good.
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle
This was my first foray to John Green’s writing. I had high expectations, with all the raves. Actually, I already read a little bit of An Abundance of Katherines before this but I haven’t finished that one yet. So I was glad not to be disappointed. John Green is hilarious! Chock full of pop culture references and eloquence you just wish you have, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle was funny and maybe a bit over-the-top, with caricature characters. Yes, caricature characters. They got laughs out of me but still, they were too stock for me. But in the end, it made me feel warm and ready for a hashbrown. *wink wink* And yes, the characters of each story are related. It made me smile, more like grin, that these three authors were going to connect their stories.
The Patron Saint of Pigs
Lastly, The Patron Saint of Pigs. I don’t want to pretend but this is my least favorite among the three. Actually, the first story is my favorite, the second my next and this one the last. The story was lovely but I just find Addie annoying. I think this is where I got my expression “yeah, ’cause it’s all about you”. Because seriously, she’s so self-centered! It’s always about her! I And poor, poor Jeb. I know she’s just like that because she’s going to be redeemed at the end but I don’t find her likable, so I don’t like her, diminishing my enjoyment of the story. The writing was good, the story good, it’s just a personal preference against self-centered heroines. Heh. So yeah.
Overall, it’s REALLY COOL how all of their lives are intertwined and how the authors actually weaved their stories, with its settings, characters and all, to fit into one short story collection full of the warm fuzzies. I truly recommend it for a holiday read and for any other time you need some cheering up. Totally a pick-me-upper. 😀
Oh and I want my own Stuart Weintraub. ❤