April 16, 2011

Once Upon a Winter • Let It Snow

Let It Snow book cover
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
Source/Format: Bought || Paperback

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. 

Let It Snow is a collection of three stories, all of which are saccharinely sweet and geared, of course, towards happy endings.

My favorite character from "Jubilee Line" by Maureen Johnson is Jubilee herself, who has an interesting name and ends up in a very intriguing situation - because of a massive snowstorm, she gets stuck in the middle of pretty much nowhere on a train. After escaping to Waffle House, the story then follows her (mis)adventures in the company of Stuart, someone who's definitely not her boyfriend and who she isn't thinking about that way... or is she? I enjoyed the ending of this story in particular!

John Green's contribution, "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" was, hands down, my favorite of the bunch. It's mostly about friendship (with a little romance thrown in, of course) and it's hilariously, absurdly amusing. Three best friends - Tobin, JP and the Duke (who's a girl, in case you wanted to know) set out on a crazy attempt to get to the Waffle House in the middle of a snowstorm all to meet these so-called "hot" cheerleaders who are stranded there. The story made me laugh out loud, and I definitely aww-ed at the ending.

Lauren Myracle's story "The Patron Saint of Pigs" tied up the book neatly, bringing all the main characters from the other two stories into play, as well as focusing on characters that we've been wondering about since the start - Jeb and his girlfriend Addie. Though the story was cute, I really didn't like it as much as the other two - except for the pig, of course!

All in all, Let It Snow was pretty much as I expected it to be - fluffy, light, and an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, of course, but as with most books of this genre, the stories ended up blurring into one in my mind towards the end.


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