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Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 219 user ratings
ISBN:0142412147
LANGUAGE:English

"4.5 Stars

I don't read much anthology since short stories are just well, short, and I find it hard to connect with the characters. That all seemed to change once I finished this book.
I Absolutely loved it!

Let it Snow is about three couples. Three stories. Written by three authors. Each story is semi-connected to the other, giving us a full picture of the events of these characters night and the Christmas miracle that graced there lives.

The first story is by Maureen Johnson, titled The Jubilee Express, were we meet a girl named Jubilee, yeah, she ain't happy about that either.
Her plans of spending Christmas Eve with her very distinguished (and IMO boring) boyfriend Noah is shot to hell when her parents got send to jail for a shopping riot (chuckles) and Julie has been shipped off by train to go to Florida and spend Christmas Eve with her grandparents. Only she never made it there since the train broke down in Gracetown. Not wanting to stay on the train with a bunch of (heaven forbid) cheerleaders, Julie makes her way to a Waffle House where she meets a guy named Stuart who takes her in from the long cold winter night and along the way opens her eyes and maybe even her heart....

A Cheetastic Christmas Miracle is written by the incredible (and hilarious) John Green.
Tobin, JP and the Duke (aka Angie) are on a mission. In this snowy adventure to the destined salvation of the Waffle House, with visions of cheerleaders, twister and hash browns dance sweetly in there heads.

The last story is called The Patron Saint of Pigsby Lauren Myracle. Which is about changes and a second chance.

Each story is great, but I just loved the first two. I thought Stuart and Jubilee were the sweetest thing and John Green knows how to write the funny that I just smiled the whole way through his story, loving that you just can't "unthink it once it's thought".
I wish I could have liked Myracle' story more, but I thought Addie was an awful character and she didn't deserve Jeb IMO, but never the less, the three stories combined made up a whole lot of sweet moments that melted me and tons of laugh to keep me smiling the whole night long. Making this the perfect read to snuggle up with while drinking hot chocolate on a cold winters night. This is definitely a book I'll be pulling off my shelf every year from now on. Loved it!
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" *3.3 stars*

On Feb. 6th it snowed like crazy where I live so I was in need of something snow themed to read. Let Is Snow contains three short stories that are linked together. My Christmas spirit is gone by now but overall I really enjoyed this book.

The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson; *3 stars*.
The first story was okay, even though I didn't like the kind of insta-love thing that was going on I still enjoyed it.
When I finished it I was like: "...so?", it was cute and I liked the writing style but at the same time it wasn't anything original and new.
Main character was okay, again, nothing particular about her expct maybe her sense of humor, which, by the way, it's the same one most characters in contemporary books now have.
To sum up this story was a huge OKAY.

A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green; *4 stars*.
The second short story was better, I liked how it was connected to the other.
The writing style was really recognizable, so a lot of sassy character and cheeky quotes. It's not that I have some kind of weird prejudice against John Green but it turns out most of his characters are kind of similar. This wasn't a huge example but still, I could definitely see his characteristic style.
Most of the times there's some kind of adventure in his books and I had a fun time while a was reading. I couldn't put the book down, like, literally my heart was pounding and I was glued to the pages for the last couple of chapters.
The romantic aspect was predictable as hell, I actually guessed after a couple of pages what was going to happen. Kind of annoying but whatever, maybe I've read too many contemporaries.

The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle; *3 stars*.
The last story had a great ending but an annoying main character. Plot wise it was gripping and really easy and fast to read but Addie was so selfish I couldn't stand her. So much drama and it was her fault. UGH.
I enjoyed the writing style - that's good since I have another book from this author I haven't read yet and I was curios about this aspect.
The ending was a little bit fast but still good, (view spoiler)" said.

"Did not finishing this at 34% meaning I just read the first story and hated it so much I had to stop. I'm terrified of what I'm going to find in the next two stories and, for now, I'm not seeing myself finishing this any time soon... if ever.

The Jubilee Express: 1/5 stars. So awful, Jubilee was a horrible character in my opinion, she's EXTREMELY judgmental but at the same time she swears she's not. Honey, you are NOT an special little cookie just because you're not a cheerleader, okay? Just... no. The story got really boring, too. (view spoiler)" said.

" Apogeul obsesiei pentru lectură sau cum am ajuns să citesc poveşti de dragoste din perioada sărbătorilor în luna august (în lipsă de altceva). Citind numai în limba română, asta a fost singura carte pe care am putut-o împrumuta de la o persoană, stabilită în Nisa, care a primit-o cadou de la fiica ei de Crăciun. Şi, în fapt, a fost destul de drăguţă. De data asta îmi permit să fiu tolerant cu romantismul zorzonat... " said.

"Looking for Alaska is popular with my students, and I've enjoyed everything I've read by John Green, so I bought this for my classroom library.

The first story was pretty good: girl-meets-boy-in-a-blizzard. The boy was very sweet. I would definitely seek out more of Maureen Johnson's work for my classroom.

The John Green story was familiar: nerdy guy's adventures with his brainy (in this case, Asian) friend and their one-of-the-boys, liable-to-say-anything platonic girl pal.

The last story seemed tacked on just to tie the other two together. I had a tough time caring about the main characters in that one.

All in all, not a terrible way to spend a night of post-anesthesia insomnia.
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" Muy bueno, unas historias super tiernas de navidad. La mejor fue la de Maureen Johnson, es la más linda en mi opinión.Reseña completa en Gracias a los libros.PD: Leí este libro mientras escuchaba un playlist de canciones de navidad, fue una de las mejores decisiones que tomé :) " said.

" 2 Stars

Overview:


I read this because of John Green. Not even gonna lie.

I was hoping for three, fluffy holiday stories—like the summary promises. Instead this was just three choppy stories.

Pros:

It was cute, like it promised.

I think the main reason I’m giving this two stars is because, in a weird way, the writing wasn’t bad. It was quirky and humorous in all three stories, and I could easily see how all three authors wrote longer, more enjoyable fiction.

Cons:

No one had time to devlop. It felt like I was just thrust into different stories and told so so much about the characters and their lives. Or in the case of John Green’s story, I was just thrust in the middle of a friend group who kept shouting inside jokes at each other. I didn’t understand anything, and I didn’t really enjoy it.

In Conclusion:

I think if each of these stories had been their own book, and had time to work with all the characters and plots, I would have enjoyed them. As it was, it just felt confusing and overstuffed.
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"3.75 stars.
I'm so busy at the moment that I don't have time to write a proper review.
But I really enjoyed it. It was a light read filled with Christmas-y feels and love. Perfect for the holidays if you ask me, when everyone's so busy they don't have time to actually read.;)

*Review to come!*

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Okay, let's start by saying that I am that person who starts listening to Christmas music in November. As December approaches, I become quite obsessed with everything red, gold and dark green, I turn into a walking Christmas impersonation. (That's not entirely correct, but I hope you get the idea. ) I love Christmas and if you don't then
xmas

So, this year I decided to transfer my Christmas spirit needs into a bookish form. What does that mean? Not only I did listen to Christmas music and watched every movie with a hint of festivities in it, but I also dedicated part of this moth to read a few books with a Christmas theme. And the first one was Let It Snow.

Let It Snow is a collection of three stories from three different authors: Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle. I have to admit I didn't read anything from them before (shame on me), so I was new to their writing and way of developing characters and plots. I wasn't blown away by any of the stories, after all they were just about 100 pages each I don't think there's a lot to work on, but I was positively impressed by their overall dedication in turning this book into a "you must read it if it's Christmas" kind of book.

Now, onto the actual story. The three stories revolve all around the same background informations. It's Christmas Eve and the weather outside id frightful (I told you I am obsessed). There is a blizzard outside, the kind of one you need to stay inside with a book, a chocolate mug and a cozy blanket near the fire, not the kind during which you go outside throwing snowballs at friends and neighbors. It was that bad. Even a train had to stop its route (luckily near a residential area) and the only shops open are a Waffle House and a Starbucks.
What would you do if you were stuck in a train/at home/at a Starbucks during a blizzard?
Let's see what the protagonists of the stories would do. * I don't want to say a lot about the single stories because I would prefer not to ruin it for you as I encourage you all to read one or all during this week. Anyway, I hope not to give too many details away. *

The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson
I think this story was my favorite. It is about a girl named Jubilee whose parents are obsessed with the Flobie Village. I personally didn't know what the thing was or if the hype was real. Turns out it wasn't that real, but Maureen made totally plausible. Well, it turns out that that famous Flobie Santa Village is going to change her life. Even though she is stuck on a train full of cheerleaders in the middle of a blizzard near a town called Gracetown, she doesn't lose her spirit. Jubilee decides to go out of the train and walk into the Waffle House nearby. Who is she going to meet? Where is she going to spend her Christmas Eve and the next days with? Will she find love?
I thought Maureen's writing was lively, fun and easy to read. I really enjoyed how the plot developed and Jubilee's character was one you could identify with. Also, the ending was the sweetest. Call me cheesy, but whatever. I am who I am, I won't apologize. Am I romantic? Yes. Do I like happy endings? Absolutely. Do I believe in love at first sight? Only if I can see it. And that is what happened in this story. I was able to actually SEE those two cuties fall for each other, even if their past experiences weren't forgiving with their heart.

“Debbie had to get up and slice me a thick piece of cake before she could answer. And I do mean thick. Harry Potter volume seven thick. I could have knocked out a burglar with this piece of cake. Once I tasted it, though, it seemed just the right size.”

A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green
This story is set after the beginning of the first one. That means that it isn't Christmas Eve morning or afternoon, it was evening and late night. I didn't enjoy it as much as the Maureen Johnson one, but I was pleased by the ending.
Take three friends (two boys and a girl) marathoning the James Bond movies when a fourth friend working the night shift at Waffle House calls them saying it's URGENT. What do you do? You answer of course. So, they have to go there about immediately bringing with them a twister. Cheerleaders are waiting for it and everyone needs to hurry because they told him so. Boys will be boys. Give them a bunch of cheerleaders (with no offense to them) and they will lose their mind. In fact, the three Waffle House employees all called their mutual friends to bring a twister as fast as they can. They will only let in, the group of friends who arrive first. So our three James Bond's lovers have to hurry asap. During their perilous adventure which includes its fair share of ups and downs, they come to the realization that it isn't about the destination, but about the journey. They will, in fact, learn how to gather their forces against the enemies and to distinguish what's real to what's just an idea in their mind. Is there love involved? Yes. Will our heroes manage to be the winners of the Twister Request? I won't tell you, but if you read above I like happy endings so... Ah I almost forgot to mention that my favorite aspect of this story was the friendship. #squadgoals

“We just did an awesome job of not dying.”

The Patron of Saint Pigs by Lauren Myracle
If you are wondering why there's a mention of pigs in a supposedly Christmas story, well, don't worry, I was wondering too. But at the end it all made sense. Actually the fact that at the end it all made sense (all characters, events, people, places, actions) was my favorite feature of this story.
However let's start by stating that the main protagonist was a bit annoying. She was quite pretentious and I didn't enjoy how she treated her friends. She was selfish. BUT. There are reason why she behaves like she does and whether or not I liked her, the ending made it all acceptable. She broke up with her boyfriend because she kissed another boy. I hate that. She wrote him an e-mail hoping for him to come back, giving him a date and a place. I am not fond of that. She and one her two best friends decide to buy a teacup piglet to the other best friend. That's cute. These were the vibes I got from the story: nah, meh, okay, cute. But that ending, wow, I was so happy about it. It was so adorable. All the previous characters made an appearance at the Starbucks this annoying girl works at and the ending gave a proper end to each individual story. So. Cute.

“Christmas is never over,unless you want it to be... Christmas is a state of mind.”

Overall I guess it was the book I was looking for. The Christmas vibes weren't too prominent, but added the perfect amount of fluffy feelings. You could hear jingle bells playing in your head. It made you wish for snow. Those friendships made you miss your own friends. It is a perfect read for the festivities and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something to fill you Christmas need. It is just so cute and adorable! Obviously don't set your expectations high because, let's be real, these stories are not masterpieces. But I really really enjoyed them!
Also, teacup pig. You're welcome.
teacup-pig

In honor of this book title, here's a gif for snow/winter/Christmas lovers out there.
letitsnow

Fun Fact. I wrote the word Christmas 16 times in 1 review. I am not even sure if I still recognize that word. who I am kidding I will recognize it everywhere.
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