Title: Let It Snow
Authors: Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date: 5th September 2013
Goodreads 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.
Let It Snow Book Review
Let It Snow is three short stories by three bestselling authors that are pieced seamlessly together to create one fantastic Christmas tale. The story kicks off with the tale of Jubilee (yes, that is her name), a girl who expected to spend Christmas with her boyfriend celebrating her one year anniversary, however, the arrest of her parents on Christmas Eve means that she’s packed off on a train to see her grandparents. Due to extremely heavy snowfall, Jubilee never makes it to her grandparents house as the train gets stuck in the snow just as it is passing through Gracetown.
Refusing to share a train carriage with 14 annoying cheerleaders, Jubilee gets off the train and heads for a nearby waffle house to warm up in until the train moves again. Jubilee calls her boyfriend but he’s too busy preparing for a big family Christmas (that Jubilee was supposed to attend), then all fourteen cheerleaders turn up at the waffle house so she takes up the offer of one Stuart Weintraub, a teenage resident of Gracetown, to stay at his house until the train moves.
The second story is about three best friends, Tobin, JP and Duke (a girl) who are called up by their friend who works in the waffle house who demands that they bring Twister to him, insisting that if they do, fourteen cheerleaders (remember them?) will be all theirs. Boys being boys, neither JP nor Tobin can resist the offer and so they (stupidly) brave the snow, Duke in tow, and attempt to reach the waffle house by car. Of course, there are numerous issues along the way and many pent up feelings come to the surface.
The third, and final, story is about Addie, a slightly self-absorbed girl, who feels like her boyfriend, Jeb, isn’t showing her enough attention, so when an attractive boy tries to kiss her at a party, she doesn’t push him away. Jeb is devastated as he is very much in love with Addie and Addie breaks up with Jeb insisting that she’s not good enough for him. She soon regrets this decision and emails Jeb asking him to meet her at Starbucks on Christmas Eve.
The first part of Let It Snow is written by Maureen Johnson, an author that I have never read before, but her writing is very similar to John Green’s. Her story is a brilliant opener for this book and it had me gripped right away. Her writing is very funny and I felt like a teenage girl was actually talking to me as I read her story. I found it very easy to relate to Jubilee who is the sort of girl that I would love to be friends with in real life. Although she can be quite shy and doesn’t realise that her boyfriend is treating her like cr*p, she is also quite a strong character and you see her develop, with the help of Stuart, throughout this short story. This story definitely could’ve been a great success as a standalone story and I wish that there had been enough space for Maureen Johnson to write even more about Jubilee and Stuart because I would love to know how their story ends.
The second section of Let It Snow, which is by John Green, is without a doubt the best part of the novel. His story is the classic tale of two really old friends who’ve known each other since they were babies but have developed feelings for each other as they’ve grown older. John Green has this magical ability to put into words exactly how a teenager feels. Despite the fact the story of friends becoming lovers has been retold time and time again, his story is so much more special because the emotions felt real. This story is written from the perspective of a teenage boy, as opposed to a girl, so it compliments the first story nicely as you get teenage romance from two different perspectives. This story is incredibly funny as well as heartbreaking – just like all of John Green’s novels – and I found myself laughing out loud but also holding back tears at some points.
The third section of Let It Snow, written by Lauren Myracle, is what turned this from a five star book to a four star book. This section is written from the point of view of a Addie, an incredibly self-absorbed and whiny girl who really just annoyed me. I guess this story was supposed to be about how Addie realises how selfish she has been and changes right before Christmas but she really was far too annoying for me to sympathise with her at all.
This section is where all the different strands of the story come together and you see how all the characters that you’ve already met in the previous two sections know each other. There were lots of names flying around this section and I had to keep flicking back through the previous two stories to figure out who was who and what their relationship to everybody else was.
This made me awfully confused and meant that I couldn’t really enjoy the story as I spent too much time thinking and trying to piece everything together. The ending of the story was a little disappointing and you don’t get real closure for any of the three stories, you just get to the point where they all meet each other and piece together what’s happened to all of them over the past few days. This is a great shame and I was left wanting more. Much more.
All in all, Let It Snow is a fantastic teen read that is perfect for Christmas. Fans of John Green will lap up this novel, particularly the middle section; however, prepare to be a little disappointed by the last section. I almost wish that this novel had actually been split into three separate books so that each author could’ve spent more time developing the relationships between each pair. If you’re looking for three short and sweet Christmas romances then Let It Snow is definitely the book for you. If you’re someone who gets really, really annoyed when a story isn’t quite finished, then perhaps this isn’t the book for you.