October 2008, Speak
352 pages, won through a giveaway from Justine at The Closet Library Blogspot
Good Reads + Amazon
"Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you only see in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks... the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses."
- Good Reads
At the risk of spoiling the reading experience for those of you who plan on picking up Let It Snow, I have decided to skip summarizing the three short stories that make up this collaborative book (Maureen Johnson - The Jubilee Express, John Green - A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, and Lauren Myracle - The Patron Saint of Pigs). I am a (newly) firm believer that the best way to read this book is by going in blind but if you really want to know the details... please click here.
With that being said... Guys, I loved this book. I really did. I think that I have a new Christmas favorite.
As the synopsis above stated, this book is really a bind of three novellas (all are 9-13 chapters) that revolve around the happenings of one very, very snowy night in a small town named Gracetown. I found each story to be incredibly unique and surprisingly compelling and deep given that they were each quite short. Each of the main characters (Jubilee, Tobin, and Addie) are at a turning point in their lives - whether they realize it or not... and the catalyst for the change happens to be the freak blizzard that throws their lives in to upheaval for the night. While each of the characters' issues stem from romantic problems, they each go through growth as people as well.
Considering the authors (save Lauren Myracle... I am not familiar with her other than Let It Snow), the stories and characters are characteristically quirky and the separate plots are slightly ridiculous situations. I loved each of the characters and was able to relate to them in some way. And the romance? It was so sweet and heartfelt.
If you guys haven't read Let It Snow and are looking for a light Christmas-y read... please go pick it up! This would also be a great introduction to John Green if you haven't read any of his books before and are looking for an introduction (and aren't looking to have your heart shattered by The Fault in Our Stars).
Have you read Let It Snow? Which story was your favorite?
(I think my favorite of the three stories was The Patron Saint of Pigs [which seems to be the least popular from all of the reviews I've been reading...] because I saw a lot of myself in Addie)
If I don't see you guys before Tuesday... Merry Christmas and happy reading!