Let it Snow, by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Reading Level: 12 and up
Enjoyment Level: High
More holiday spirit... This book is three stories in one from three wonderful authors. Although, before this, I've only read An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green, and nothing from the other two, knowing that the three of them are all over the teen fiction world, I did expect a lot from their stories.
What I didn't realize (because I didn't bother reading the back of the book first) was that each of the novellas takes place in the same little town around the same snow storm. I read John Green's bit first, even though his was the second story, then I moved on to the last story before reading the first one. So you might say I was out of order. And I swear I don't usually take so long figuring things out, but it took me a few pages into the last one to realize that everything was connected.
I love that they're all connected, though. It adds more depth to the characters and to the town. It was also nice to see the differences and similarities in writing styles from author to author. Each story adds a layer, especially since the first is more pre-snowstorm, the second is during, and the third is after. In the third (Lauren Myracle's, "The Patron Saint of Pigs"), all three sets of characters come together in the end. I love that.
My favorite story out of the three is Lauren Myracle's. I found the main character to be more empathetic than the others, and I like that there's a real change in Addie from beginning to end.
John Green's ("A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle") was fun for the adventure aspect of it, more than simply the romance. Hash Browns!
Maureen Johnson's ("Jubilee Express") had that very nice, warm romance that was great to finish off, even though it's actually the first story.
As holiday romances go, these are light, and yet they also have a lot of Christmas spirit. They're quick reads and very fun to delve into. If you need more to get you in the mood for the holidays, pick this book up. You won't be disappointed!
Until next time, snuggle up and read a good book!