Missing Christmas? Want an easy, uplifting read? Then Let It Snow is the book for you. Comprising of three individual stories, written by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle respectively, we are introduced to numerous characters, linked and overlapped between all three stories.
I love all three stories and the characters they contain. However, the book did definitely leave me wanting more, as the stories were all so short and restricted. I almost wish each of the stories were a book of their own.
The Jubilee Express – Maureen Johnson
‘The Jubilee Express’ follows Jubilee, a 16 year old who needs to get a train to her Grandparents. However, the worst blizzard in fifty years causes Jubilee’s train to suddenly come to a stop so she gets off and finds her way to a Waffle House. It’s here that she meets Stuart, who recently broke up with his girlfriend, and goes back to his house to stay until her train is moving again. Jubilee has a boyfriend, Noah. Despite their one-year anniversary, he is really distant and Jubilee begins to consider the need for Noah in her life. ‘The Jubilee Express’ follows Stuart and Jubilee; how they help each other to see things differently and develop as individuals.
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle – John Green
Admittedly John Green was the main reason I bought Let It Snow; as the only John Green book I was yet to read. As much as it didn’t truly reflect his usual captivating, realistic approach, I still loved the tale he told. Three friends, Tobin, JP & Duke are having a night in, interrupted by their friend Keun, working in the Waffle House (mentioned in the story before). He invites the three friends over, as he believes they’ll help him impress the cheerleaders currently abandoned in the Waffle House, due to the train stopping. However, all the workers have invited their friends, yet only one friendship group is allowed in, so a race quickly begins. ‘A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle’ explores the journey taken, in the awful storm conditions, and determines whether Duke and her friend Tobin will be brave enough to recognise their own, as well as each other’s, feelings about their friendship.
The Patron Saint of Pigs – Lauren Myracle
The final insertion of Let It Snow is about Addie, who’s currently feeling sorry for herself and lonely after a breakup with her boyfriend Jeb (someone who Jubilee met on the train). And so Addie deals with the situation how many of us would, going through old photos & memories, despite how painful. As ‘The Patron Saint of Pigs’ develops you begin to see the breakup from the two different sides. I found Lauren Myracle’s story quite thought provoking and inspiring, stopping to think about your own actions and expectations of others, as well as truly what you can do to help those around you. Will Addie get the boy? Will she learn her lesson?
If you’ve read Let It Snow, let me know what you thought! Also, I’d love some new book recommendations!
Have a beautiful day 🙂