Title: Let it Snow
Authors: John Green, Maureeen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Publication Date: October 2, 2008
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
I am probably the last person to read this book, but I finally picked up Let it Snow! These connecting short stories were all so good, and I had trouble picking a favourite. I loved the recurring Waffle House setting and the descriptions of staying cozy during a winter storm. If I had to choose, I would probably go with Maureen Johnson’s story, The Jubilee Express, as my favourite.
Let it Snow is a collection of three holiday short stories, but the book honestly seems like one story. Each story is connected and I loved seeing familiar characters throughout all three. I enjoyed the contrast in each author’s writing style as I switched stories and being introduced to their own quirky characters. I feel like this would be a great sampler if you have not yet read any books by these authors.
I loved the original setting that appears in all three of the stories, a Waffle House restaurant. I found it so interesting to see how each character ends up stopping there, especially John Green’s interpretation, a race to the restaurant. In my opinion, that would be the perfect place to be stuck during a snow storm, and it was so entertaining to see everyone’s reactions to the storm.
My favourite of the stories was Maureen Johnson’s. This one is about a girl whose parents are arrested because of a fight over a collectable piece for their elf village. Her train gets stuck in the storm and she seeks refuge in a stranger’s house. I really enjoyed the way this one was written and the main character, Jubilee.
Let it Snow contains three short stories that all intertwine. The common setting in the book, the Waffle House, is so unique and intriguing. My favourite of the stories was Maureen Johnson’s, The Jubilee Express. I would definitely recommend this book for the winter season!