Let It Snow: Three Holiday Stories by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle (September 11th 2008—Speak)
Grade: 4 stars out of 5
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.”
Review: I was really scared of reading this book so I put it off for about a few months. I had the opportunity to buy the book at Borders but instead I bought Magic Study. For one thing I never do well with anthologies; Prom Nights from Hell—no. Love is Hell—no. Mistletoe—first story yes the rest no. And the first two books seem to have gotten a lot of good buzz as does Let it Snow so there lies the problem when I picked the book up.
Let it Snow envelopes the reader into a blanket of snow to the point where it gets frosty warm. Maureen Johnson starts the novel off with the first climax: the train gets stuck in a snowstorm. From there it spirals out into 3 joint stories with different plots of their own.
Maureen Johnson’s “The Jubliee Express” and John Green’s “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” were what shocked me the most. I have read Devilish, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and Looking for Alaska all of which disappointed me. I found myself liking these two separate stories though. Some might say that “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” is something completely out of the norm from what Green writes. Perhaps that’s why I liked it so much. It was humorous, touching, and cute.
Johnson’s “The Jubliee Express” has the same issue as do with her full length novels. The fact that the pace of the novel from beginning to middle was decent albeit slow at times then rushed at the end. Johnson, however, had this laugh out loud moments and snarkiness to her writing that makes this problem something okay in this short story that typically would not work for novels.
Lauren Myracle’s “The Patron Saint of Pigs” ties the entire novel together. She brings parts from Johnson’s and Green’s stories to make her story glow. I found myself more interested in the previous stories in her setting rather than interested in her characters. For one thing I felt that there were too many words. Which is rather odd since this is a book…filled with words…and only words. It got to the point where I started to skim some paragraphs like ‘get on with it please’. Far too dramatic for my taste. But then the pig came! From there on end, I was enraptured (but again this was where the previous characters from Johnson’s and Green’s stories came in).
Overall: Something perfect for the holidays (granted I mean when it starts to snow instead of this awful weather for Christmas)! Folbies unite!
P.S. Pet peeves of mine—I dislike it when authors use ALL CAPS for words but it really strikes a cord when it starts TO BECOME FOR THE ENTIRE SENTENCE. That and when people start saying “Brrrr” and “Grrrr”. I do not know many people who actually say these onomatopoeias (wait am I getting my English mix up?).