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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  128,175 ratings  ·  11,396 reviews
The worst blizzard for fifty years.
Three wintry love stories.
One magical night.


It's Christmas Eve and Gracetown has been buried by snow. But the weather is more than just an inconvenience. When one girl unexpectedly steps off a stranded train, she sets off a series of life-changing events.

Soon fourteen pumped-up cheerleaders will descend on the local Waffle House, the Duk
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Paperback, 354 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Penguin UK (first published October 2nd 2008)
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Shelley
Dec 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, christmas
It started off strong and got progressively weaker. Maureen Johnson was fun, John Green all right and Lauren Myracle dismal.

Maureen Johnson's story was super quirky and giggly and slightly ridiculous (in a good way). I liked Jubilee a lot, crazy as she was, and was amused to see a lot of my mother in Stuart's. It was just cheery, fun Christmas fluff.

John Green's kind of drove me nuts. I wanted to like it more, but I guess I am not that adventurous, because I kept thinking that the characters wer
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Zoë
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read during my holiday 24-hour readathon, #readathonbyzoe! Watch the vlog here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcLPp... ...more
Ariel
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I've been meaning to read this for FOREVER and I'm glad I finally did. It's the depths of winter here in Canada so the snowy theme came at the perfect time. While I enjoyed it and found the stories generally exciting enough to keep reading, I didn't fall in love with any characters, any settings, any stories. Here's my review of it: https://www.patreon.com/posts/4375745! ...more
prag ♻
Dec 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: somebody who wishes to die a horrible, painful death
Recommended to prag ♻ by: my inner john green fangirl
Here's five reasons why Let it Snow is sentenced to a one star rating.

But first, it must be acknowledged that I did not suffer this re-read alone but was assisted by the traitor,


Offence #1: Self deprecating main character

I'm not saying everybody has to be confident and perfect all the time. No, I'm saying a well written character should have a personality that extends further than feeling sorry for your name all the time. The first story starts with about three paragraphs of rambling ab
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Maryam Rz.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone seeking a cute holiday break
(3.5 ★’s) Cute snowy disasters and teenage romance :)

“I always had this idea that you should never give up a happy middle in the hopes of a happy ending, because there is no such thing as a happy ending.”

Sometimes, snow can be a real pain. A naughty kid causing quite chaos wherever she deems to grace. Ask the occupants of Gracetown—they can tell you all about it; because this year, it’s snowing like it hadn’t in half a century! Buried beneath multiple feet of snow, their cars stuck, trains s
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol [Goodreads Addict] by: Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Let it Snow is an anthology of three short stories, all tied together by a thread, written by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. This book was a gift from a dear friend.

train gif

The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson

holiday village display:

It’s Christmas Eve and Jubilee Dougal can’t wait to attend the Christmas Party at her boyfriend, Noah’s house. Her perfect boyfriend, her busy boyfriend. There are certain concessions one must make to date the perfect guy, right? She should just be happy to be his girlfriend. Bu
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Well that was stinkin' adorable ...more
Janina
This is the perfect book to curl up with when it’s cold and snowing outside. It is one of those reads that just makes you want to snuggle up on your couch, a hot cocoa or tea in hand and enjoy the winterly atmosphere. In fact, the only thing missing for my perfect reading experience was the fireplace ;).

I don’t want to give too much away about the stories themselves because I think it is best to go into this book unprepared and let yourself be surprised. I liked all three stories, but The Jubile
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Ely Green
Sigh. Half of me wants to scream WORST BOOK EVER. UGH. BLEHH. MNEHH. AAARGHHH MY BRAIN IS BLEEDING. The other half is thinking: John Green, you absolute motherfucking genius. You managed to salvage this utter arse-crap. Well. Fucking. Done.
As much as I hate chick-lit [and this is beyond chick-lit. it's like 300 pages of mushy, smoochy, splodge of chick-lit paradise], I read this because...oh fuck it, it's Xmas. I could barely get through the first of the 3 stories. It killed my brain cells, I sw
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Gabriela Silva
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I may have been a complete lunatic, but I was a complete lunatic with manners.”


It was a lot of fun! Liked the character development. I just expected a little more, but I still enjoyed this.
♛ may

OUR LAST Buddy Read (5/5) for 2016 and my very first reread with, Praya ♡♡♡ i'm sorry, please still be my friend


Aaaaaaand, this is my 230th book of the year!!!

I’ve finally reached my second goal!!!! So that means I get to take a break from reading for the rest of the year (this is a lie)

See you in 2017!!! ♡♡♡♡


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I’ve always been extremely hesitant to reread books for one very obvious reason; right now, all my fears and worries have come true.

A book that I once thought was adorable, c
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abby
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If sweet and adorable got together and had a baby around Christmastime, it would be this book. I cheated on another holiday themed short story collection to read this one. No regrets. The three not-so-short stories in this book are loosely interconnected. In the first one, Jubilee is shocked to learn that her parents have been arrested in a black friday type shopping riot and that she's being shipped off to her grandparents' for Christmas. Her train gets stuck in a snow storm on route, and so sh ...more
Brittni Kristine
I’ll admit that I’m a big John Green fan, even though it’s not really cool to be anymore. I read this back in my late teens for the first time and even though it’s definitely a solid three-star book, it’s fun and easy enough that it’s worth a seasonal reread in my opinion.

The general consensus, one I agree with, is that the first story by Maureen Johnson is the strongest in the book. I think it has the strangest main character in Jubilee, and the plot is really fun. There’s a sweet little winte
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Kassidy
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is so super cute!!!
I love all of the stories and it's great how they all come together in the end!! Such a perfect Christmas book :D
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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(^^^^You had to know I was going to go there)

I have been able to avoid this ever since it was released because I just knew in my heart of hearts it wasn’t going to be for me. But then I saw the flippin’ Netflix commercial and I’m totally that bitch who has to read the book before she watches the movie so I went ahead and put it on hold in hopes that I could view the film during my Christmas vacay. I don’t really know anything about
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Lauren Lanz
December this year in Canada has been mainly "let's give you negative-twenty degree weather, except no snow to show for it", and frankly I miss the blizzards during holidays. Let it Snow was a nice escape to some winter romance, and has me hoping there'll be more snow before Christmas.

Three short stories written by three different authors; I had a feeling some would be better than others. Sadly the stories were in my opinion ordered from best to worst, which had my interest dwindling slightly by
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nicole
Aug 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, holiday, romantical
Pretty much what you'd expect. Light, fun, festive. Had the feel of an ABC Family made-for-tv holiday special (which I love!), but funnier. And quirkier. Because John Green and Maureen Johnson are funny and quirky and their styles and characters fit together so naturally. While I like Myracle just fine, she feels like the third wheel in this collection of interconnected stories and leaving her to pen the final story and tie everything together was Let It Snow's major flaw. It was nice to see all ...more
oliviasbooks
(ca. 2009/03/23:) Three snowy stories by different authors melted into a satisfying whole. Yes, I think, I like it! I have finished the first story "Jubilee Line" by Maureen Johnson (great style, by the way. Funny, a little crazy, a little romantic.) and started the second one, "Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" by John Green. After a few pages I thought: "Wait, another Waffle House in the middle of nowhere? These guys know a heartbroken boy named Stuart Weintraub? Ha, this is the protagonist from ...more
Larry H
3.5 stars.

Let It Snow is a trio of somewhat-interconnected short stories about the highs and lows of love against the backdrop of a massive snowstorm.

In Maureen Johnson’s "The Jubilee Express," a girl’s holiday plans are derailed again and again. First, her parents are thrown in jail unexpectedly, then her train to Florida gets stuck in the copious snow, and she escapes the chaos of the train by heading to a Waffle House for refuge, where she meets a young man with his own troubles. But as i
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Jessica
Three of today's top YA authors have written intertwining novellas set on Christmas in a small town in North Carolina. A Waffle House figures big, and so does Starbucks, a train, a blizzard, and a teacup pig. I can't say any more without ruining things, but this book is a Christmas gift in itself: funny and well-written, not to mention romantic, all three are equally strong!

Reread, Christmas 2012: Love this book every time! I think The Jubilee Express might be my favorite, by a narrow margin.

Rer
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Andrew (BritBookBoy)
Very cute. The first story was definitely my favourite!
dyanne
This book, even though it is categorized as one book (singular) it should really be categorized as three books (plural) because although the stories within the book are interrelated, the writing-style and general plot of each story is unique and each could stand on its own. It only seems fitting to write three mini-reviews.
Note: the review may get rather long and unwieldy. I apologize in advance.
Section 1:
The Jubilee Express
3.7 stars

Just a little taste of chapter one beforehand…
..my name is Jub
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Andie
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be fair, these three stories should be rated separately.
The Jubilee Express 4.5 ⭐️'s - A fun and quirky read with very like able characters.
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle 4 ⭐️'s - I expected to like John Green's story the best because well, he's John Green! I loved how adventurous this story was but it came off a little forced and the characters annoying at times.
The Patron Saint of Pigs 2 ⭐️'s - I found myself mostly skimming through this one because the main character was whiny and self
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Isabella
4th re-read December 12, 2019: 2 stars

well this didn't age well

3rd re-read December 24, 2015: 4 stars

This will always be one of my all-time favorites, because I just love going back to these three short stories and seeing as all of them develop and then they wrap up in the end. I think this is one of my favorite endings from all of the books I've read since I was somewhat expecting all of the characters to meet at some point in the book towards the end, but never in my wildest dreams did I think
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Brittney
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1) Too much girl hate. 2) Writing was decent but nothing special. 3) I guess this book was so over hyped that I went in with too high of expectations because none of the short stories were as good as I thought they were going to be.
Charmel (on hiatu$)
1.5 stars for the first story while the 2nd and 3rd - 🤢🥱

i expected a 'cute' romance instead i got a trashy one.
i wanted a 'cozy' winter read (last December) but this was uncomfortable for all the stereotyping.

i didn't care about the characters and their problematic lives at all.

-_-_-_-_-_-

and...
"what was the difference between the movie and the book?"

ooh nice question. a LOT was different but the similarity they shared was - they both SUCK 🙂 (the only thing i liked about the movie was jacob b
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Kate
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
This book was absolutely perfect!
Honestly, one of my favourite books ever, even if it is a Christmas book!
I loved every single story SO much:
The Jubilee express by Maureen Johnson: 5 stars
A Cheertastic Christmas miracle by John Green: 4 stars
The patron saint of pigs by Lauren Myracle: 5 stars

Just pick up this book if you haven't already, it was amazing! I also absolutely loved how all the stories intertwined together at the end, it was so well done!
It made me smile so many times and would be
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Rae
Story time: So a friend of mine actually owns a copy of this book and back at December 2019, he lent it to me during an event because I was bored and up for ditching and he's going to participate like the good kid he is- so there. I got around to reading the first part of the book before eventually returning it to him because I had other important matters to attend to, flash forward to a week- I watched it on Netflix out of boredom and proceeded on with my daily life still not really finishing t ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
2 Stars

Overview:


I read this because of John Green. Not even gonna lie.

I was hoping for three, fluffy holiday stories—like the summary promises. Instead this was just three choppy stories.

Pros:

It was cute, like it promised.

I think the main reason I’m giving this two stars is because, in a weird way, the writing wasn’t bad. It was quirky and humorous in all three stories, and I could easily see how all three authors wrote longer, more enjoyable fiction.

Cons:

No one had time to devlop. It fel
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Tamoghna Biswas
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance

**3.5 stars**

“It’s always awkward when someone doesn’t realize you’re joking and devotes thought time to what you’ve said. Double that when the person is wearing tinfoil.”


Many collaborations fail drastically, and some succeed dramatically. And this one comes somewhere in the middle, seeing John Green is one of the hot favorites of these times.

I was apprehensive enough before picking this one up wing to my previous unpleasant experiences with YA novels. However, this anthology is quite surpri
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