"Jubilee Express": Jubilee, or "Julie" as she's known to her friends, had the perfect Christmas planned with her perfect boyfriend, Noah. But then her parents get arrested, her train to take her to Florida (where her grandparents are) breaks down in the middle of a snowstorm, and everything goes south. Well, until she meets a charming stranger in a local diner.
"A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle": It's the night before Christmas... and Tobin's parents can't make it home because of the raging snowstorm outside. The same snowstorm that has a whole squad of cheerleaders stuck in the local diner. It'd be ridiculous to try and head out... but Tobin's friend, JP, isn't going down without a fight. The Duke, or Angie as everyone else knows her, isn't so enthusiastic, but it will sure make for a great story.
"The Patron Saint of Pigs": Addie made a huge mistake, one that ruined her near-perfect relationship with Jeb. But instead of bemoaning her problems, she has to focus on a much more important dilemma: the well-being of an adorable teacup pig.
I'm glad I waited to read this in the winter. It's been a chilly couple of months where I am, so what better book to read than Let it Snow? It's fun, with all that wintry joy that comes with this time of the year. Don't expect anything particularly deep from it- this is a light, cheery collection from a group of very talented writers. I don't read many short stories, but Johnson, Green, and Myracle made them really enjoyable.
Unfortunately, the short story format made the first and last stories seemed rushed. The first, being Maureen Johnson's "Jubilee Express" has a very abrupt ending. More on that in a minute. The last, Lauren Myracle's "The Patron Saint if Pigs", doesn't have nearly enough development. If just a few more pages had been added to each, I feel the stories could have been much better, especially in the case of "Pigs." It's as though the story is supposed to go from Point A to B to C, but B is just glossed over.
This doesn't take away from the characters, though. The protagonists of each part of Let it Snow are all vibrant and quirky, nothing less than what I expected from these authors. There's Jubilee, the hilarious but insecure star of Maureen Johnson's story. Then there's Tobin, the slightly awkward but overall good guy in Jon Green's part. I really liked the Duke, Tobin's best friend, in this one. She is just so effortlessly cool. And then there's Addie, the self-centered but kindhearted main character of The Patron Saint of Pigs. One of my favorite aspects of these stories is that they all interconnect, so we get to see these characters interact with each other. We also get to see John Green's characters through the eyes of Addie, and she personifies them in this perfect quote: "he [Tobin] and all of his buddies were intimidatingly clever. The kind of clever that made me feel cheerleader-dumb, even though I wasn't a cheerleader, and even though I personally didn't think cheerleaders were dumb." (279-280)
One last note on the the characters: One character that is awesome and deserves to be mentioned is Tin Foil Guy. That's all I'm going to say. If you want to know more, you'll need to read the book yourself. :)
As for the romance, my favorite is the one in "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle." It's completely predictable, but it is still sweet and very natural. Conversely, the relationship in "The Jubilee Express" is far too rushed- I felt I could have gotten into it if it were a longer story, but it isn't very believable as it is. Addie and Jeb's story is okay, but despite the book's tagline ("Three Holiday Romances"), the focus isn't on their relationship. Jeb isn't even around for most of the story, although we see him in both Maureen Johnson's and John Green's. I actually liked that- it made the story a bit different, and the magical feel of "The Patron Saint of Pigs" is one of the things I liked best about it. There's just not enough time for Addie to have realistically grown as a character, like I said earlier.
Basically, this book is just a fun, feel-good read. Don't take it too seriously. It's meant for lazy days spent in your pajamas, with snow on your lawn and a mug of cocoa in your hand.
*3 stars*Other Books by These Authors: Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Shine by Lauren Myracle
What is your favorite wintry read?