So, I don’t know what it is about this December, but I’m in a much more festive mood than normal! So I kicked off this month reading something fun and Christmassy. Here’s what I thought about it…
Spoiler Free Review
Title: Let It Snow
Authors: John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle.
Published: Penguin Group, 2012
Three of the most popular YA authors teamed up to bring us a Christmassy treat in the form of three stories linked together by the characters in them. It’s Christmas Eve and a sudden snow storm sets up events that will change the lives of the people of Gracetown in wonderful ways.
What a cute book! I’ll start off with that. This was exactly what I needed at the moment – a little bit of festive cuteness. I’d been have a little bit of a slumpy November, so I didn’t want to delve into something too complicated. Plus, this time of year calls for something romantic and snowflake-filled. It gave me exactly what I wanted – something fun, something full of love, and a bundle of laughs.
In The Jubilee Express (Johnson), we meet a girl who’s parents have ended up in jail after a Black Friday-esque fight over some Christmas ornaments. Now travelling to spend Christmas with her grandparents, her train stops due to the snow and she is forced into the world of Gracetown – full of lovely, but slightly wacky people. I really enjoyed this story – it posed a good introduction for the other authors to follow and introduced us to a range of fun characters.
In A Cheertastic Miracle (Green), three residents of Gracetown end up trying to get to the local Waffle House in the storm, which just so happens to be full of cheerleaders. Chaos ensues. I really enjoyed going back into John Green’s style of writing. It felt really familiar. It maybe wasn’t as poignant as some of his other works, but that definitely wasn’t the goal here.
In The Patron Saint of Pigs (Myracle), we find a heartbroken and guilty girl desperate to fight for the love she is responsible for losing. She goes on a journey of both trying to heal and make herself a better person, but also in the search for a missing teacup pig. I don’t think I was as invested in this story because I couldn’t really gel with the character, but I was interested to see how she managed to connect all the characters at the end of the novel. Ultimately, it was a satisfying ending for all!
The way this book was put together, you wouldn’t be able to tell it was three different authors. Their writing styles mixed really well together and gave us a cute and fluffy wintery romance. Let’s be honest – it’s not going to win Book of the Year, but I didn’t go into it expecting that. I expected a nice, uncomplicated young adult romance with a dollop of snow and laughs; that’s exactly what I got.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
I found it quite hard to rate – I always do when I liked it but it’s not a new favourite – but went somewhere between a 3 and a 4 stars. It’s made me feel extra Christmassy and I was able to read it whilst every other aspect of my life was really busy. Both wins for me!
What you guys read anything Christmassy yet? Any recommendations – I’d love to read more wintery novels in the lead up to Christmas!