Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Book Review: Let It Snow
Let it Snow (2008) by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Back Jacket: Sparkling white snowdrifts...Beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you only see in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss with a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today's best-selling teen authors--John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle--the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.
Review: Let it Snow is the perfect holiday book: All three authors serve up sweet romances that capture the imagination and warm even the cockles of my black heart.* I haven't read Maureen Johnson's work before, so this was a nice introduction to her work; her writing is both laugh-out-loud funny and tender, and I appreciated her believable approach to the romance. The always talented John Green set his characters off on one of his characteristic road trips, and it was lovely and clever because when is Green's writing not lovely and clever? Lauren Myracle (another author whose work I've never read before) tied everything together with a big holiday bow and an adorable teacup pig. You will just have to read the book to find out more about that.
Conclusion: 3/5. Maureen Johnson sets the tone perfectly with her story, John Green does his thing impeccably, and Lauren Myracle manages to resolve everything (and get all the characters in the same place at the same time). I only give this a 3/5 because in the end, these feel more like holiday "novelty" stories that I probably wouldn't re-read and didn't leave me with particularly striking or profound things to ponder. Ultimately, this is an excellent, lighthearted book (with happy endings all around) that puts you right in the holiday mood.
*Actually, my heart is totally normal, and the cockles warm just as fast as anybody's.