Monday, December 5, 2011
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
The stories in Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances are all set in a small town in North Carolina on Christmas Eve. The town has been hit by a huge blizzard which causes all kinds of transportation problems: a stranded train, cars driven into snowbanks, and people being forced to walk in freezing temperatures. Every story somehow weaves common threads -- the Waffle House, Starbucks, cheerleaders (named Amber and Madison) -- into the storyline. Each main character finds love and kisses, together with quite a bit of hilarity along the way, making for fun and poignant Christmas memories.
I liked each of the stories, but I think I liked each one for different reasons. The Jubilee Express, by Maureen Johnson, was the story that probably touched me the most and I enjoyed the author's gentle humor and writing style. The Patron Saints of Pigs by Lauren Myracle reminded me a bit of the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, with its talk of angels and the need for emotional growth and acceptance. John Green's A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle featured my least favorite characters including a bunch of stranded cheerleaders and a romance that didn't seem to work quite as well as in the other two. But, hey, I read it out of order and it was full of John Green humor, which I adore.
High literature? No. Fun, YA lit? Yes. Will I recommend this book to my students this holiday season? You bet. In fact, I already have.
(This blog post was originally submitted on Dec. 2, 2010)