Book Review – Let It Snow

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Title: Let It Snow

Author:  John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

Synopsis: 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.

Rating: 3 stars

Review: This was the book I read for my Goodreads book club’s December book of the month, and I have mixed feelings about it.

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This anthology of three stories are all connected, but not directly and not in the same way each time. It’s basically like those romcom movies like ‘New York, I Love You,’ or ‘From Rome With Love.’ Characters overlap over all three – like Tin Foil Guy for example (oh god, Tin Foil Guy is worth reading this book over!) – and by the third story, everyone somehow comes together in one place and it’s cute and fluffy.

The first story introduces Jubilee (also known as Julie) who is forced to go to her grandparents’ for Christmas, but when those plans are derailed like the train she’s on, she finds someone worth spending Christmas with. Cheerleaders, The Waffle House, and Flobie houses await you in this one.  Thank you Maureen Johnson for writing one of my favourite holiday stories ever!

The second story picks up across Gracetown where Don Keun – from the Waffle House  -calls Tobin and his friends to tell them to get over there. Tobin, The Duke (who happens to be a girl) and their other friend whose name I can’t quite remember anymore, brave the blizzard-y weather to make it to the Waffle House.  Romance ensues on the way, naturally. This was written by John Green, and honestly this was not as good as the first story in my mind. I’m a huge John Green fan, but this was a letdown.

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The third and final story is written from the point of view of Addie, who’s having to work at Starbucks at Christmas. Her friend asks her to pick up a teacup pig – cutest animals ever, by the way – but Addie forgets, so it’s a mad dash to find the pig before her friend comes to get it.  This was written by Lauren Myracle whom I hadn’t heard of before, and whom I probably won’t read again. This was a weak ending to the book, and by this point, I was losing my will to read.

It was a cute read,and there were parts that made me smile, but I also found myself liking it less as I went further into the book. The final scene in the last story was good, but I don’t think I’ll read this again.

 

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