Thursday, December 17, 2015

Book Review: Let It Snow (YA)


Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

Goodreads Summary:
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 Review:
I did not expect this book to be so funny. I loved it! I also didn't realize that the three stories would be connected. That made it even more fun to read. I enjoyed how each additional story filled in the gaps. Here are some thoughts on each one.

The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson

This story was hilarious! The tone was so Maureen. It sounded just like she did at NerdCon. It tells of Jubilee (Julie), whose parents get arrested on Christmas Eve morning trying to buy the next building of the Flobie Christmas Village. She has to take a train to her grandparents in FL because they're in jail. The plot gets more and more ridiculous as the story goes on. I absolutely loved it. It has a undertone of sarcasm that per so perfect.

Julie ends up celebrating Christmas with a Jewish family, who celebrate Christmas anyway because it's everywhere. I really liked that part since as an atheist, I often wonder why we still celebrate Christmas. The love story wasn't what I was anticipating, but it was super cute.

4 stars

A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green

I liked this story a little bit less because of the cheerleader stereotypes and because it's a little more boyish. It's about three friends: two guys and a girl who embark on an adventure in a snow storm. They try to get to the local Waffle House to hang out with a whole squad of cheerleaders who've been stranded there. It's also very funny and classic John Green with some great lines.

I loved the title and I enjoyed the tomboy character, the Duke. The romance was adorable. I love it when friends fall in love. It was crazy and fun. And the characters were great.

4 stars

The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle

This story fills in the back story of one of the minor characters in the first story. I was happy to gets some closure there. Addie is heartbroken over her recent breakup. She kissed another guy at a party, but she regrets it immediately and she wants to get back together. She thinks her ex doesn't want the same thing, when he really just gets stuck in the snow storm and can't get to Starbucks to meet her.

Meanwhile her closest friend tests her because she thinks she's self-centered. It seemed a little harsh. This story didn't work as well for me. It was still funny and cute, but I wanted the interaction between the characters of the love story to come earlier in the story.

3 stars

My Rating: 4 Stars
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6 comments:

  1. These sounds cute and perfect for the season. It was my hope to fit in a holiday read before the holidays but I might have to sneak one in right after. Great review!

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    1. Thanks! It was a quick read. I got through all 3 stories in one weekend. I'm going to try to read My True Love Gave to Me also, but it'll probably be after Christmas. I may try to read one story for each of the 12 days of Christmas. We'll see.

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  2. How fun! I might have to pick this one up. I started listening to The Casual Vacancy on audio a few weeks ago (love, love, love HP and JKR, just had never gotten around to this one) and it's so dark, dreary, and depressing. I need a good holiday read!

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    1. Yes, A Casual Vacancy is a tough one to get through. There are so many characters in that book. I literally had to take notes. I did like the story in the end, but it was a challenging read.

      Let It Snow was definitely fun and light. It's a quick read. :)

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  3. I've always meant to read this one, so thanks for reminding me about it! I often find short story collections to be really uneven but it sounds like these stories are all really strong.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. Yes. And it didn't really seem like a short story collection. Just more of a multiple author book. I enjoyed it.

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