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Estelle: Let it Snow (Three Holiday Romances)

Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle
Pages: 368
Release Date: September 11, 2008
Publisher: Speak
Target Audience: Young Adult
Format: Paperback from the Library
Why I picked it up: Saw it all around the blogosphere and had to get my hands on it!

Summary: A romantical (and coincidental) collection of short stories that center around one crazy blizzard.

Hear me out. Let it Snow is dubbed as “three HOLIDAY romances” and as my husband keeps telling me, the holiday is over. I’m still giving it another week. But really, who cares? We read summer books when it’s not summer so why not read holiday books when the holidays are over?  I’m kind of impressed with how I justified that one.

If you live in a place like I do (New York) that is known to get a lot of snow (so excited we have been spared so far), you know the evil of these storms. The sore backs, the badly iced roads, the slipping, the sliding. Sure, it’s pretty and sometimes you get a school day or are able to stay home from work. But it can be downright awful. In Let It Snow, it is one of these annoying storms that creates complications for its characters but also causes them to meet new people, better understand themselves, and discover love.

Each short has been written by an author I’ve read previously – Maureen Johnson (13 Blue Envelopes), John Green (Will Grayson, Will Grayson) and Lauren Myracle (Love, Peace & Baby Ducks). For the most part, I thought each story was well developed (even though they run about 100 pages each) and did a clever job of expanding on some of the details in the other stories. I loved Maureen’s Jubilee Express and John’s A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle best and felt that Lauren’s The Patron Saint of Pigs fell short. There, the main character, Addie, was reeling from a breakup with her boyfriend Jeb (who we first meet in Jubilee Express). The story was set up like a modern day Christmas Carol where the main character has to undergo some kind of personality change. To me, the transformation was just not believable. I didn’t see her work for it.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a short story, and I think this might be my first time reading YA short stories. I was just completely impressed with how much was packed into 100 pages, and best of all, how real the characters were. Each story managed to feature many different characters yet I never felt like someone was left out or that I didn’t understand why they were there. Plus I never knew so much excitement could take place in proximity of a Waffle House.

I definitely think Let It Snow is a must-read. It’s also a great chance for readers who haven’t experienced these authors yet to be introduced to them. It’s heartwarming without being corny and cheesy, and it’s pretty telling when you care so much about characters that you don’t spend a full novel with.

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December 5, 2013 - 9:01 am

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January 15, 2012 - 11:23 am

Estelle - Jana – you are too sweet. I’m glad that you felt the same way about Let it Snow that I did. It’s such a great collection and I really wish I had the time to read it again. But unfortunately it may have to wait until next December 🙂 haha

January 14, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This novel was a really cute read. I read it last year, around wintertime as well, and thought it was just a lovely, quick and fun read for the season 🙂

January 13, 2012 - 10:28 am

Magan - Jana, I agree! I think Estelle’s review is spot on, too. Estelle generously bought this book for me, and I read it over Christmas, too. I lovvvved John and Maureen’s stories. I felt like Lauren’s story was just a little too complex for a short story. There were issues that needed to be resolved in a larger time frame than she was allowed.

Aside from that, I feel like this should be a book I read every winter. It’s sooo good! Yay for you and Estelle introducing me to something awesome!

January 13, 2012 - 10:27 am

Magan - Jana, I agree! I think Estelle’s review is spot on, too. Estelle generously bought this book for me, and I read it over Christmas, too. I lovvvved John and Maureen’s stories. I felt like Lauren’s story was just a little too complex for a short story. There were issues that needed to be resolved in a larger time frame than she was allowed.

Aside from that, I feel like this should be a book I read every winter. It’s sooo good! Yay for you and Estelle introducing me to something awesome!

January 13, 2012 - 12:29 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - ESTELLE. I should just go edit my review and link to your review, and post “ditto”. I totally agree with and love your review! I felt the same about Maureen’s and John’s stories. They were amazing. Lauren’s wasn’t all that wonderful for me. And I know what you mean about caring about the characters so much! I just loved them! I was incredibly impressed with how much each story had to it. Everything was so well done. DEFINITELY a must-read. 🙂 Yay!!!

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