The Compulsive Reader: Let It Snow!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Let It Snow!

Since Christmas is fast approaching, I thought I'd remind you all of one of my favorite Christmas-y YA read, Let It Snow, which is three intertwined stories by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. It is also the latest addition to the Christmas Cheer Giveaway! If we reach 200 entries before the final day (December 21st), I'll throw in another prize, so enter now!

Let It Snow

It's Christmas Eve, and one of the biggest storms in memory has hit, isolating tiny Gracetown, Virginia. For Jubilee, Tobin, and Addie the storm will bring them together in the most unconventional of ways. Jubilee, on her way to Florida, is stranded outside of Gracetown when her train gets stuck in the snow. Rather than endure Christmas Eve night on the train with a mass of perky cheerleaders, she ventures out and heads to the nearby Waffle House, where she encounters Stuart, who is still nursing a broken heart.

Tobin and his friends JP and the Duke are enjoying their Christmas Eve holed up at Tobin's house and watching a James Bond movie marathon when they are enticed out into the night to the local Waffle House. What should be a twenty minute drive on a clear night turns into a crazy race to get there before the intimidating Reston twins...but when they get there things don’t go quite how they planned.

For Addie, the holidays have been filled with misery since she and her boyfriend Jeb broke up. But this year she'll gain some perspective (and possibly more) during one very long and very snowy shift at Starbucks the day after Christmas.

All three stories are cleverly woven together, along with each author's inimitable style and brand of humor. The wholly unique, ironic, witty, intelligent, and heartfelt plots that Myracle, Johnson, and Green have become well known for is strongly present in Let It Snow. The varying and colorful characters are authentic and highly realistic, allowing for the book to appeal to a wide range of reader interests, and even though each author's writing style varies, the book feels quite cohesive. The dialogue, the jokes, the slang, and actions are all pitch perfect to this generation, and wildly appealing, even as they push the limits of reality. But even so, most readers will be more than willing to hold on tight and enjoy the ride as this sweet and sarcastically funny holiday read unravels.

Merry Christmas!


Keri Mikulski said...

Love this one too! :)

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I love this one. I need to give it a re-read this year-it's just such a warm fuzzy book!

Anonymous said...

I haven't read this yet, but with holiday season in full swing, I really want to.

Anonymous said...

As soon as I read your review I ordered that book. And here I am: 3 days later having read a wonderful book!

Thank you for finally setting me in a holiday mood :D