Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle
Library book ordered from Follett
[#4 in my 75 book challenge]
I waited all fall to read this book ON Christmas Eve. I read it over three days, December 24-26, and I would argue that that’s exactly how it should be read. I was not disappointed. The three stories, all taking place in the same North Carolina mountain town, are as follows:
“Jubilee Express” by Maureen Johnson
After her parents are put in jail due to a fight over Flobie Village collectibles, Jubilee is shipped on a train to her grandparents’ house in Florida. A massive snowstorm hits, and the train is forced to stop outside of Gracetown, NC. Jubilee hikes to the local Waffle House and meets Stuart, a sad Jewish boy with a broken heart.
“A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” by John Green
The cheerleaders from Jubilee’s train have made their way to the Waffle House. Tobin, JD, and The Duke go on an adventure through the snow storm to bring Twister to the cheerleaders (and get some hash browns). Did I mention that “The Duke” is a pretty girl, and there’s romance in the air?
“The Patron Saint of Pigs” by Lauren Myracle
Addie works at the local Starbucks, and she’s sad. Sad because she made a mistake and lost Jeb, the love of her life. She’s a little bit self-centered and miserable, but she starts to make right some of the selfish things she’s done.
The one problem I had with the story was the geography (skip to the next paragraph if you don’t want to read me nitpicking). Jubilee’s train is supposed to be going from Richmond to Florida and it stops in western NC? There aren’t even any passenger train lines in western NC. At first I thought the story was taking place in the Raleigh area, but the final story makes it sound like this fictional town is supposed to be between Maggie Valley and Asheville. It also says it is a 200 mile drive between Maggie Valley and Asheville. Now hold up. I’m pretty sure I used to live in that town, and Maggie Valley is only 30 minutes from Asheville. Just sayin’.
Moving on…one of the reasons I did like this story is that it was taking place in my back yard. All of the three short stories came together to create a great novel. It’s Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle for goodness sake! Johnson’s writing was real but charming and a little ridiculous at times (in a good way). John Green’s story was like all of his other stories that I love so much: smart and nerd-tastically funny. I’ve heard and seen some criticisms of Myracle’s story, but I also loved it. I’ve felt EXACTLY like Addie before, so that one hit really close to home. I didn’t blame Addie for moping around to much, and her story brought together all the other stories.
Final Grade: A Fluffy and fun, but well written. It served exactly the purpose I wanted it to serve, which was getting me in the holiday spirit. I think it would be enjoyable any time of year, and I will definitely recommend it to any of my students who like romance because it definitely delivered. I think this is my first A novel…how exciting!