Let It Snow

Synopsis:

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 see only 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. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.


The Phoenix’s Perspective

I was really worried when I saw that one of the topics on the 2015 Reading Challenge list was Christmas stories. I was envisioning super happy family share time or super sad life stories that miraculously get wrapped up in wonderful ways.

I was definitely mistaken. These are the stories of 3 people who are definitely in need of the Christmas spirit. Each has a void in their life, one whose origin is not so easily pinpointed.  They don’t need a miracle – what they need is clarity.  Even though they are not visited like Scrooge, each does get a visit from someone who helps show them what is important in their life.

In the first story, Jubilee is a teenager who is trying to live a perfect life with the “best” boyfriend. Her parents’ awkward obsession with a miniature Christmas village collection thwarts her master plan to go to her boyfriend’s Christmas party. Not only can she not go, but she also finds herself on a train to her grandparents in Florida.  Her train is then snow banked on the way down and she is stranded in a small town alone.  She makes a strange new friend and his kind (and weird) mother, who take her in during the snowstorm.  This encounter leaves her questioning how much stock she has placed in the “wonderful” boyfriend of her — the same boyfriend that has managed to avoid all her calls and texts messages while he knows she is stuck alone somewhere strange in a storm.

In the second story, we meet a trio of friends who are hanging out at home during a snowstorm. That’s right the same snowstorm – in the same town! They get a phone call from a friend about a Waffle House that is full of cheerleaders.  This Waffle House might have been in the first story.  What follows is an awesome race to the Waffle House with many funny bumps along the way.

In the final story, we are thrust into the heartbreak of a teenage girl. Addie is focused completely on everything that goes wrong in her life that she cannot see the wrongdoings she does to others. She cannot see how she continually lets people down because she can only see herself and what see needs at the moment.  This story is a little more like your normal Christmas stories, but it is still good.

In an interesting way, the three main characters are connected. It was nice to see a common thread that allowed them to each have their own situation. They are connected through the area they are in and the crazy storm happening around them.  But, it is more than just a place – they meet some of the same people, go to some of the same places and even interact with each other.

Let It Snow is an interesting look at Christmas stories. I enjoyed it.


Would I add it to the library?

Yes.  It was a nice short read.

 

Genre: Fiction – romance, holiday, vacation
ISBN: 9780147515018
Rating:  good

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