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.

-Bea

*Actually, my heart is totally normal, and the cockles warm just as fast as anybody's.

4 comments:

  1. I think you've hit the nail on the head here. It *is* lovely and Christmassy and enjoyable, but it's probably not one I'll keep recommending all year round. I liked Maureen Johnson's story best of all, and it's definitely made me want to pick up Suite Scarlett.

    Happy Holidays!

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  2. If you've read Maureen Johnson's blog, you would want to read anything she's written. She comes across as incredibily witty and I found out about her through a Nanowrimo peptalk (another reason to love Nanowrimo) See the blog here: http://maureenjohnsonbooks.com/blog/

    Anyway, I think I might try out this book but then I wouldn't expect too much. Just like Christmas movies and Christmas songs, they are just meant to give you a warm fuzzy feeling.
    And Bea, I did not believe the line about your black heart for one minute.

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  3. Haha, I loved how John Green managed to have another road trip. This book was just perfect for the holidays~ You really must read some more of Maureen Johnson's books! 13 Little Blue Envelopes is my favorite.

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  4. You have a really great review =) Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/let-it-snow-by-john-green-maureen.html

    Have a nice day!!! =) advance Merry Christmas ;D

    p.s. did you know the movie rights for this book has been bought?

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