Lacey Louwagie's Reviews > Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

Let It Snow by John Green
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bookshelves: youngadult, romance
Recommended to Lacey by: Jenna
Recommended for: people who are snowed in
Read from December 06 to 24, 2010 — I own a copy

I actually finished this book on Christmas Eve -- pretty fitting considering all the stories took place around Christmas! Since the book consisted of three novellas, it seems fair to rate each as its own entity before reviewing the book as a whole:

1. The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson: This was my favorite story of the bunch, which was unexpected, since I've never read anything by Maureen Johnson before and was more excited for the John Greene and (especially) Lauren Myracle pieces. The plot centers around a girl who takes a train to her grandparents' place for Christmas, but the train gets stranded in a snowstorm and she ends up spending Christmas with strangers instead (although the family, fortuitously, includes a cute teenage boy, Stuart.) Stuart prompts Jubilee into rethinking her "perfect" relationship of one year with her boyfriend, Noah, who "squeezes her in" to his life amidst his various other goals, commitments, and achievements. The realization that the relationship wasn't really what she wanted was the strongest part of this story, much stronger than her budding romance with Stuart, as it delved into a deeper level of character development. **** (four stars)
2. Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Greene: This story involves a trio of friends--two guys and a girl, nicknamed "The Duke"--going to a waffle house in a blizzard due to the multitude of hot cheerleaders stranded there. The Duke, understandably, is often annoyed by the boys' obsession with the cheerleaders and with their general insensitivity toward girls. As the night progresses, the viewpoint character begins to realize that he's developing romantic feelings for the Duke, which scares him because he doesn't want to ruin their friendship. The exploration of romance blossoming out of friendship was compelling enough, but the vp character seemed to switch a little too quickly from, "No, of course I don't feel that way!" to "Wow, I really DO feel that way!" for it to feel totally believable or sustainable to me. It felt more like a case of unusual circumstances causing you to view someone in an unusual light rather than a surfacing of true, deep feelings. ***
3. The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle: Although this was the longest story in the book, it somehow felt the most "rushed"--there were a few errors and overall it had a "first-draft" feel. After learning that Lauren's publisher only allows about 3 months for her to finish novels, I can understand why. It didn't have the kind of laugh-out-loud humor present in her other books, and the main character's (Addie) sloooow realization that she was a little self-centered seemed heavy-handed. Still, this story DID have the best "romance" storyline, which involved Addie breaking up with her boyfriend of a year because he wasn't "demonstrative" enough with his affection, and she wanted "grand gestures." She realizes the mistake she's made, that a person's character means more than flashy shows of affection, and spends a good portion of the book trying to right the wrong of letting him go. A happy ending for all ensues. ***

Overall, this was a fun read, definitely best enjoyed during blizzards. The way all three stories interconnected felt a little contrived, but that doesn't stop them from each being decent stories in their own right. And, there is nothing in this book that justifies throwing 5 copies of it away, a story Jenna shared with me from Maureen Johnson's blog.
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Jenna You finished this book in the future!


Lacey Louwagie Oops! And it took over a year to read, too. :p I've fixed it now. Goodreads should've given me an error message for that!


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