Published by Penguin Australia on September 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Short Stories, Young Adult
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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.
Let it Snow is a cute, fluffy book set around Christmas time, revolving around different teenagers in the small town of Gracetown who find love. It explores a set of different relationships and situations, one new, one developing and one old. Three different stories make up the book which are each written by a different bestselling author, which I’ll discuss separately below.
The Jubilee Express is about an out of towner called Jubilee, whose parents have been jailed and is on the way to see her grandparents. Her train breaks down and in an effort to get out of the storm, she ends up at a Starbucks with a range of quirky people. This is my favourite story in the whole book, because it was just so cute and endearing. Jubilee is someone who likes to judge people based on how they look and what she believes, but when she meets Stuart, she learns that things may not be what they seem from his new perspective.
I was really looking forward to John Green’s story in the book, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle. This was the most adventurous book in the story, as three teenagers trek through a heavy blizzard just to deliver a Twister game to a Starbucks filled with cheerleaders. Everything that could go wrong during this journey does go wrong, and along the way I enjoyed the way Tobin realised his feelings for one of his best friends. The concept of the story was completely ridiculous, though I think that was the intention.
The Patron Saint of Pigs is the final story in the book, involving Addie, a girl who needs to learn to care about others. Addie has gone through a rather dramatic breakup and all she wants to talk about is herself, while she learns that she is really self obsessed and gets taught a lesson throughout the book. She behaves in a really annoying way, like constantly talking about herself and not even asking her friends how they are before launching into her own escapades, but I do know someone who is just like her so it was believable. I liked the message behind this coming of age story, even though she wasn’t my favourite character.
Let it Snow features diversity at its finest, as there are a range of different cultures and traditions mentioned in the book but it wasn’t the focus of the book. I loved how some of the characters were Asian and others were Jewish who didn’t celebrate Christmas with some of their traditions and quirks mentioned as well.
I really enjoyed how Let it Snow linked each story together through the same Starbucks and the same characters who would show up in each story, such as the cheerleaders and the quirky tin foil guy. Each short story also features a character that was a side character in the last one. It all comes together beautifully in the end and just gives you the warm and fuzzies afterwards. It’s the perfect holiday book to relive the magic of Christmas time, no matter when you read it.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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