Genre: young adult, romance
An ill-timed storm on
Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of
snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into
the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that
will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a
risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a
race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a
teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.
A trio of
today's bestselling authors - John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren
Myracle - bring all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious
and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that
will steal your breath away.
I don't read a lot of contemporary books, but since I wanted to read something Christmasy, I decided to give Let It Snow a try. The first story by Maureen Johnson I quite enjoyed. The main characters were all likeable and it had a lovely cosy atmosphere. I would have like the ending to be a little longer, now it felt a litte abrupt. Eventhough this story is only about 120 pages a lot happens and the main character in this story, Jubilee, felt the most real out of all the characters in the book.
The second story by John Green I thought was a little dull. Not a lot happened except that the characters were trying to drive through the snow. The story did have a sweet ending and Angie was really likeable. I did get really annoyed with JP's and Tobin's obsession with the cheerleaders. I also think John Green tried too hard to make the situation funny that it just was not funny anymore.
The third story was by Lauren Myracle, of whom I have never read anything. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. The main character Addie was very self-absorbed in the beginning, but she went through a transformation (which did happen rather sudden). I enjoyed that the stories intertwined a little, especially when you get to see the main characters of the first two stories shortly at the end of the last story.
If I would rate the stories seperately I would give Johson's story 4 out of 5 stars, Myracle's story 3.5 out of 5 stars and Green's story 2 out of 5 stars. Johnson's story The Jubilee Express was my favorite, it had the right amount of ridiculousness to still be funny. I will probably be rereading the book another year to get into the Christmad mood, but I will probably skip John Green's story.
I wish you all a Happy Christmas!