- Reading level: 12+ years
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (1 October 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142414999
- ISBN-13: 978-0142414996
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.6 x 17.7 cm
- Customer Reviews: 746 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,41,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances Mass Market Paperback – Import, 1 Oct 2009
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About the Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of many popular books for teens and tweens, including New York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn (Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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beautifully told three love stories on a day before christmas changing life of many people
john greens part the best💓
😍😍😍. The first story is about a girl who meets a guy at a waffle house due to unexpected reasons.its amazing. Hehe not giving any spoilers. Love it. It's all Christmas stories by which I mean the stories took place on Christmas 🎄. Ya a must read
Really It was so an awesome experience ...... Cant forget it... Specially THe First Jubilee Express.....
Loved the book.
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The Jubilee Express
It took me a while to warm up to this story, and therefore the book as a whole, as Jubilee is definitely the kind of character that you have to warm up. I found her a little bit self-righteous and annoying at first and to be honest, I didn't actually overly like her by the end of the story. The story itself was just so cute. I loved the backstory with the little Christmas village and Stuart's mom and just her over-momness. I didn't really get why Jubilee's parents decided it was safer for er to ravel across the county alone in the middle of a storm rather than waiting at home or in her boyfriends where she would be safe and neighbours could help if she needed but I guess, then there would be no story!
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle
Everything about this book was so John Green. From the geeky and clever male character to his dorky friends with weird nicknames and catchphrases. I probably liked this the least out of the stories as I could kind of see where it was going in the love-relationship sense. I also just found it totally...sad...that guys would want to get up in the middle of Christmas Eve and travel miles across the ice and snow just because a bunch of cheerleaders are in a Waffle House. There was something about the whole thing that left a bitter taste in my mouth, though the journey turned into more of an adventure for the sake of it rather than just the cheerleaders but still. I love how Stuart's break-up story was mentioned off-hand in this story, and then again in the third story. I love overlaps like that.
The Patron Saint of Pigs
This is a story I definitely liked purely for the story and not the character because she was so annoying and, as her friends told her, so self absorbed. But it was interesting to read from a character like Addie as I don't think she's a character that gets written about, or at least that I have read about, too much. She was a little bit like a cheerleader stereotype except she wasn't actually a cheerleader. I really loved her friends, they were the saving grace of the book. I loved how supportive they were but at the same time they were able to tell Addie some home truths. I really loved the end when all the characters ended up in the same place and all i could think and picture was HOW AMAZING this book would be as a movie - a movie that jumped from one story to the next until they just all join up together in a Love Actually/ Valentine's Day kind of way. It needs to happen. I need it to happen. Who do I call?
The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson was my favourite, by a mile to say the least. It was fun, quirky and how could you not love Jubilee? This novella was the best written of the three and makes you smile from the start.
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle is the second novella by John Green. This novella has the same classic writing style that John usually uses in his books. Though I don't think this is as good as what he usually writes, and think some if his other work is a lot better than this one. I think the reason for this though, is that it's shorter than all of his other books, so I feel he was rushed with this novella.
The Patron Saint Of Pigs is the third novella by Lauren Myracle. This one wasn't too bad, but I think it was forced and rather rushed. It lacked the depth, quirkiness and overall feel that the first story had. There was also too much quoting and likeness to It's A Wonderful Life, and I didn't that aspect.
I did like how the stories were connected together, and that overall it was good, but because I feel the stories progressively got worse, I can only give this a 3 star review (I can only apologise to John Green as he is awesome).
THE JUBILEE EXPRESS by Maureen Johnson has to have been my favourite of the three, I have never read anything by her before and I have to say she is a very funny writer. I was giggling away for most of it (embarassingly in public places!) and found her writing very engaging. I really loved Jubilee who is home alone on christmas eve getting ready for a big party at her boyfriend Noah's house. Her parents are away buying a new addition to the Flobie Village ornament collection (but they are so much more than just ornaments) and get arrested after being involved in a Flobie fueled riot. Jubilee is packed off on a train to her Grandparents house when the train hits a huge snowbank and gets stuck in the storm. Trapped on a train filled with cheerleaders, Jubilee decides to brave the storm to make it to a waffle house across the street, where she meets Stuart. I really liked the story telling and the relationships between the characters and was a little sad when it ended.
A CHEERTASTIC CHRISTMAS MIRACLE by John Green is really very funny and features what John Green is famous for, a road trip. However this is not an epic cross country road trip. They have to travel but a few miles, in the worst snow storm ever! We meet Tobin who is at home with his friends JP and the Duke watching James Bond films when he recieves a call from Keun, another friend, who is working at the Waffle house, yes the same one from the first story. He has a challenge for the three friends, bring a game of Twister through the storm to the waffle house, as Keun believes that will help him seduce a cheerleader (yes the same cheerleaders followed Jubilee off the train>) Duke's not too impressed (being a girl and having no desire to spend a night in a waffle house full of cheerleaders) but she goes along with it on the promise of hash browns. No points for guessing that the trip to the waffle house is full of disasters, near death experiences and hilarious snow antics! I leave it to you to read and discover if they make it with the twister in time!
THE PATRON SAINT OF PIGS by Lauren Myracle ties up the book nicely. This was probably my least favourite of the 3 stories however I very much enjoyed the starbucks theme (most of the story takes place in one and starbucks has been mentioned in the other tales) as a Starbucks Barista myself I can confirm that it is all very accurate, especially the part where Tobin and the Duke come in and Tobin completely screws up ordering his drink! This story features Addie (who has been mentioned before) and she is suffering from a broken heart, her boyfirend Jeb (yep Jeb from the train) and she have split up :( and now Addie's friends have pretty much said she's self centered and everything is always about her. o try to prove them wrong she promises to pick up her friends new micro pig from the petshop, but when that goes wrong she has a mad scramble to rescue the pig before anyone finds out. The end of this story got a little strange I think because it felt rushed to tie everything up with not enough time to do it? Anyway, a few characters from the other 2 stories turn up and lots of lose ends are sorted and it all is tied up in a nice christmassy bow!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, three very good authors in one book and I will be looking to read other books by Maureen Johnson too.
Personally, I was drawn to this compilation because John Green was involved. I'd never heard of either Maureen Johnson or Lauren Myracle, but I think the short stories/novellas they contributed to Let it Snow are tantalizing introductions to their work, and I'll be sure to check out their other books when I have the time.
This book does not overstay its welcome, with each story coming in at around 100 pages and the steady pace maintained by concise chapters which take nice little bites out of each narrative. It would be a nice prelude to Christmas Day to really get you into the spirit, but I ended up devouring it on Boxing Day and the festivity was not lost.
Okay, now that we've got all the boring technical stuff out of the way, I'll tell you a bit about the individual stories:
The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson - A really dazzling first story and hard to live up to. I didn't expect to love this as much as I did. There is no fussing around, this story just goes bang! and starts. Sympathetic characterization, witty dialogue, totally immersive settings, a quirky and ultimately touching storyline! I can't put my finger on why, but I think this was my favourite out of the three stories :).
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green - If you're a fan of this amazing author's work I won't have to tell you that the characters are creative, realistic, sympathetic, laugh-out-loud funny and totally jump off the page! The chemistry is magical. The stakes are continually raised and the tension is strangely electric as the characters race to be first at the Waffle House. I loved the fact that it was like an adventure story in that the destination was determined early on but the majority of the story was concerned with actually journeying there. This one did actually bring a fuzzy-warm tear to my eye :).
The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle - I'm going to be honest, for the first few pages of this story I felt bitter. But that's because I didn't get it. First of all, the protagonist is not immediately sympathetic, but that is the whole point of the story, and so what this ends up being is actually the most classic of the Christmas tales in Let it Snow, harking back to holiday favourites such as Scrooge. Second of all, I didn't really know where the plot was going (or even where it WAS) until quite late on. The first part of the story is mostly concerned with the protagonist moping around about her ex-boyfriend and it's not until the eponymous pig is mentioned that the plot actually raises its head and shakes the snow off, but then you realise it's been there all along. It's just been...sleeping. Or rather, overshadowed by the protagonist's egocentricity, which is a pivotal theme in the story. SO, to sum up, if you bear with this last story all will become clear and you'll be left feeling very warm and fuzzy indeed :). Also: I now totally want a teacup piglet called Gabriel. I dare you not to melt over the mention of this little guy.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Let it Snow for what it is: pure festive confectionery! I loved how all of the stories interconnected and came back together at the end; it made it all the more Christmassy, and reminded me a little of Love Actually. I think John Green's contribution with its male viewpoint tempers what *could* have been an overly fluffy piece of candyfloss whose sweetness actually diminishes the impact rather than heightens it. But his piece is flanked on both sides by two truly wonderful Christmas stories! One to be pulled off the shelf and read every Christmas, for sure :). Tug on your Christmas sweats, hunker down in front of the fire with some hot chocolate and rocky road, and enjoy :)!
So to wrap it up, read this book, you won't regret it. :)
The first two were entertaining and romantic with a good dollop of christmas thrown in the mix. The last story was, I found, quite irritating and not particularly realistic but the overall book is definitely worth the read.