Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle Review: Captures the Magic of Christmas

December 15, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle Review: Captures the Magic of ChristmasLet it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson
Published by Penguin Australia on September 5, 2013
Source: Borrowed
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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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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42 responses to “Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle Review: Captures the Magic of Christmas

  1. I'm happy you enjoyed this one. I've kept putting if off but I;m not sure why. I think it's because it seems so fluffy and I am not the biggest fan of fluff. But all the great reviews I see for it does make me feel like I should give it a try.

  2. Ebony

    I've been wanting to read this one for a while now, but not being a big fan of short stories, I think I keep putting it off unconsciously. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Jeann – fantastic review! I'll definitely have to give this one a go myself one day.
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  3. While this definitely sounds unique and really quirky (which is normally my kind of read), but I don't think this will be for me. I'm not a big fan of John Green's writing, for one, and the last story seems realistic but highly annoying.

    BUT I'm glad you enjoyed this one! And it's awesome about how diverse and different it is! <3
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    • Fair enough, there were a few things that were annoying but it was a good festive story, if you're in the mood for that. Thanks lovely!

  4. Wow that sounds like a fun little holiday anthology-ish (don't know what to call this, short stories? hmm) But yeah, I'm glad you enjoyed it Jeann! I really like the cover of it.

    Hmm, Addie doesn't sound like a pleasant character. AND WUT STARBUCKS hahahaha. Thats just really random, but also pretty believable.

  5. Lisa @ Lost in Lit

    Awww, this sounds perfect! I actually got a copy a few weeks ago and planned to have read it by now…. buuuuuuut that hasn't happened yet. I still need to finish My True Love Gave to Me, plus I got A Court of Thorns and Roses, and, well, of course I had to start that immediately, putting all of my other reads on hold. Ugh. Yeah. But I do plan to read this one asap, hopefully BEFORE Christmas. 🙂 Glad to see you enjoyed it!
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  6. Joy

    I'm so glad you loved this one. I absolutely adored this book and it remains my favorite holiday book. My favorite is the Jubilee Express, too because it was sooo cute. I like Stuart. 🙂 Awesome review, Jeann!

  7. quinnsbo

    I'm glad to hear that you liked this. I've been meaning to read it for a couple years. Maybe this will be the year?

  8. This sounds positively fantastic! I'm super glad that you enjoyed it and it's officially my 2015 christmas read. I would have read it this year but I like to hoard things, just in case the sad day comes where I have nothing for Christmas. I love that there's diversity in this one. Not everyone celebrates a traditional Christmas and I'm glad that this one tackles that! Fantastic review, Jeann! <3
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    • Yay, so glad you\’re making it your Christmas read this year! It\’s definitely perfect for it. That\’s such a good idea to seek out a Christmas read for the day hehe. Thank you Jess!

    • Awww Pili, I hope you still think of all the people that love you and all the good things this Christmas, because you deserve it <3

  9. I have seen this book around and I'm glad that it was a perfect Christmas read. I might read it soon too, just cause I'm in the mood for something like that. I like the sound of the first story the best. It seems like the most interesting one. Others seem great too. Great review, Jeann 🙂
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    • Hehe it definitely was a super fluffy read, great for Christmas though 🙂 it did make you want to sit in a coffee shop right!