Title: Let It Snow
Author: John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication Date: 2nd October 2008
About the book:
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 – bring all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.
What I Thought:
Let It Snow is actually three short stories of around 100 pages, which each focus primarily on a single character’s story but all tie together.
The book begins with The Jubilee Express written by Maureen Johnson. Jubilee finds herself torn away from her Christmas plans as her parents are arrested as one of the Flobie Five and she’s put on a train to her grandparents by the family lawyer. Unfortunately for Jubilee the train runs into a snow drift and she finds herself stranded in Gracetown, given the option of a frozen train with a group of cheerleaders or the promise of food and warmth in a Waffle House across the road she promptly escapes and meets Stuart who takes her home to spend Christmas Day with his family.
The Jubilee Express was a really sweet story, with Jubilee realising what she deserves out of life. Stuart’s mum was a little full on but we’ve all met a mum like that in life!
Next up is A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green, which focuses on a group of four friends, Keun, who is working at the Waffle House when the cheerleaders descend, and JP, The Duke and Tobin, who are happily watching a James Bond marathon when Keun calls them and demands they get to the Waffle House ASAP. What follows is a bit of a mad caper as the trio battle the snow, to be the first to arrive.
I really enjoyed this short story, Duke and Tobin’s story within it especially appealed to me, I think I identified with Duke quite a lot as I was always just one of the boys at school.
Finally the book is wrapped up with The Patron Saint Of Pigs by Lauren Myracle. Addie’s relationship wasn’t going exactly the way she wanted it to and she did something stupid before splitting up with her boyfriend, now she really regrets it and is having a bit of a crisis. As much as her two best friend’s love her they have to admit she does focus on herself quite a lot, maybe a little bit too much, The Patron Saint of Pigs follows Addie as she comes to a little bit of realisation.
I must confess I did struggle to warm to Addie in this story, however I really enjoyed how it featured characters from the previous two stories, wrapping up their character arcs too.
Would I Recommend?
Yes, Let It Snow is just the Christmas-y YA read you’re looking for this December!
As always if you’ve read the book let me know what you thought! If you’ve not read it yet will my review convince you to pick it up?