John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle (2008) | Find it on Amazon
Let It Snow is a collection of three short stories written by different YA authors. Although separate the stories have a common thread and intertwine through the locations and characters.
Story 1 – The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson ✯✯✯✯
After her parents are caught up in a strange set of circumstances involving a festive set of collective ceramics that lands them in jail over Christmas, Jubilee is shipped off to her grandparents in Florida… by train. When the bad weather takes hold Jubilee finds herself stranded in Gracetown and decides to take hold of the situation escaping the train and headed to the local Waffle House. Here she meets a kind stranger and her Christmas Eve takes another unexpected turn.
Story 2 – A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green ✯✯✯
In the second of the three stories we meet a trio of James Bond-loving best friends who find themselves on an epic Christmas morning adventure. When a friend calls and tells them to get to the Waffle House as quickly as possible, and to bring Twister the group find themselves in a race through the snow, board game in hand.
Story 3 – The Patron Saint Of Pigs by Lauren Myracle ✯✯
In the final story we meet Addie who is heartbroken after a fight with her boyfriend Jeb. Accused of being selfish by her best friends Addie decides to try and make things right by helping Teagan, as the strange title suggests, offering to collect her new teacup pig from a local pet store. Whilst working her job at Starbucks Addie’s life collides with those of the characters from the other short stories.
For me the book kicked off to a good start with the first story being my favourite of the three. Both Jubilee and Stuart were interesting and likable and the series of events left me intrigued as to how the other stories would follow on from it. Unfortunately I felt it went a little downhill from there with the second story still enjoyable, just a little less so, and the third quite disappointing. The characters found in The Patron Saint Of Pigs were the least appealing and likable of all and I also found the writing style less engaging.
Overall Let It Snow is a bit of a mixed bag however this quick and light read would definitely be a good one for YA fans to pick up for the festive season.