Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
The festivities begin with Maureen Johnson’s “The Jubilee’s Express.” Since before Jubilee (Julie) Dougal was born, her parents have been collectors of the Flobie Santa Village --- a relatively harmless hobby, to say the least (despite the fact that they named their daughter after one of the Flobie buildings and inadvertently created, in Julie’s opinion, “a stripper’s name”). However, when her mom and dad are arrested at a Flobie convention and she has to miss spending Christmas Eve with her boyfriend Noah, Julie thinks that this Christmas couldn’t get any worse.
Unfortunately, while traveling by train to Florida to spend Christmas with her grandparents, “the biggest snowstorm in fifty years” arrives, and Julie find herself stranded in a place called Gracetown along with a heartbroken stranger, a team of (rather annoying) cheerleaders, and The Tin Foil Guy at the local Waffle House. Hope is not lost yet, however, when a nice local Target employee named Stuart invites her to spend Christmas with him and his family. But achieving the goal of having a memorable holiday by hiking through a blizzard might be easier said than done.
In John Green’s “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle,” Tobin and his two friends, the Duke (whose real name is Angie) and JP, are enjoying a James Bond movie marathon when they receive a startling phone call and hear about the odd situation (or, according to strange and overly enthusiastic teenage guys, “a miracle”) at the Waffle House. For different reasons, the three embark on a wild adventure that involves lots of snow, a few crazy and (possibly homicidal) adversaries and a much sought-after game of Twister. In the midst of it all, they question their sanity and discover love.
Last but not least is Lauren Myracle’s “The Patron Saint of Pigs.” Upset over causing the breakup with her quiet-mannered boyfriend Jeb, Addie is not having a very happy Christmas. Her friends, Dorrie and Tegan, express concern but think she is a little too self-absorbed. Surprised and determined to change for the better, Addie takes on the task of granting Tegan’s Christmas wish. However, the pink-haired barista has her work cut out for her when a rather eventful day at Starbucks threatens to get in the way of her mission.
Whether a longtime fan or just discovering their work (like myself), readers will understand why John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle are three of today’s bestselling YA authors (even if the writing trio are apparently having a little friendly feud*). With heartwarming amusement and plenty of cringe-worthy moments, LET IT SNOW is a great book for older readers who want to enjoy a good laugh at the absurdities of the holiday season.
Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on October 1, 2009