Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Review: Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher: Speak 

Source: Received As Gift

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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- brings 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.


This was without a doubt, the best book I have ever read that was based at Christmas. 

That may seem like a very grand and sweeping statement to you, those who have yet to experience the warm and fuzzy feeling of reading this book, but non believers I hope that my review will sway you enough into buying this book and reading it for yourselves.

If you recall from my Christmas book haul of 2013, I received this novel as a gift from my parents. I didn't get around to reading it last year at Christmas because of the busy TBR I already had along with studying for exams, all meant that when  free time actually came around I was no where near being in the mindset to read about Christmas . 
Thankfully, I knew I would save it for Christmas 2014, which is exactly what I did . 

Let It Snow is a novel by three authors, John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle, that all feature a different story with different protagonists. These stories are told during the event of a terrible snow blizzard on Christmas Eve in the small town of Gracetown. These stories interconnect and intertwine. I really loved reading the different stories and knowing they were different, but loving the way the authors connected each story. 

My favourite story in the novel was the first story, The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson. This story had everything I could ever want in a full length novel represented in only a mere 117 pages! That is how great Maureen Johnson's story was, it blew me away in 117 pages!! I loved Jubilee, our protagonist. She was fun, caring and had a good relationship with her family which I loved. I really enjoyed reading about her relationship with her boyfriend and her meeting Stuart in the snow storm and the adventures she embarked on over Christmas. Maureen's writing style was fluid, with perfect characters, dialogue. relationships and super cute romance. I will definitely be picking up something by Maureen Johnson in 2015! 

John Greens story was the shortest story in the novel. I was looking forward to seeing how he would put his spin on the theme and while I enjoyed his story, I felt it was very typical John Green and read as being very samey to his existing work. His story. A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle,  was based around the protagonist Tobin and his best friends Duke & JP and their journey into the blizzard to reach the Waffle House in the hopes they would get to meet some cheerleaders. The character development was good especially in terms of Tobin's character and the relationship development. The ending of this one was very cute and sweet but felt a little rushed. 

The final story in Let it Snow was The Patron Saint Of Pigs by Lauren Myracle. This was an enjoyable story from the perspective of our main character Addie, a girl who is experiencing deep guilt after a break up and is working in a Starbucks over the Christmas period and blizzard. I really liked her character development from being self centred to being more thoughtful. Between her hunt for a tea cup pig, her relationships from her boss to her best friends and her funny internal monologue, this story was wholly fun to read. 

Overall this book left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside and really got me into the Christmas spirit in a big way! Let me know if you read Let It Snow or are planning to, whats your favourite holiday themed YA books and I hope you all had a great Christmas / Holiday season! 

That's also my instagram picture that I used above taken in front of my Christmas tree! If you liked that picture, follow my twitter or Instagram for more. 


Five Stars 

1 comment:

  1. Mannnn! I remember wanting to read this book during Christmas, but decided against it when my friend told me she didn't like it. But now I kinda want to give it a shot. Hopefully I can get it someday soon!
    Lovely review, btw!