Saturday, December 05, 2009

Let It Snow (YA)

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances. John Green. Maureen Johnson. Lauren Myracle. Penguin. 352 pages.

Three little novellas await you in this holiday collection: The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green, and The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle.

These are three somewhat interconnected romances told by some of today's most popular YA authors. So expectations going into this are probably high. And not without reason. It's John Green and Maureen Johnson.

Words can't even begin to describe how wrong Jubilee's Christmas plans are going. She's supposed to be attending her boyfriend's holiday party. (It also happens to be their one year anniversary.) But when she hears the news that her parents--both of her parents--have been arrested and are at that very moment in jail, well, things go downhill from that point. For some reason, Jubilee can't be left home alone for Christmas. So she's sent off--via train--to visit her grandparents on very short notice. But when the big storm stalls the train, Jubilee has to make a few tough decisions...that might just change the direction of her love life.

That's the first story in this collection, and it introduces many of the story lines and characters. There is plenty of humor with the romance. Life is full of awkward moments, and no one does awkward better than these three. Of course, there's plenty of charm as well.

Do yourself a favor, and don't rush the reading experience. I don't know what I was thinking. I just think I probably would have liked this one a bit more if I was less tired.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


anil kumar 2:16 AM  

hi dear..
why dont you review an un published or yet to publish one.

i mean i started a new blog and i
tried to write some.

it would be great irf that was commented and i am thinking of updating the content based on comments i recieve for the post

isn't it exiting.

so check me out..

anil kumar ramisetty@strightlines


Becky--I really enjoyed this one last holiday season. It has some very funny scenes, also some poignant moments. --Kate

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