Monday, 31 October 2016

Let it snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle (3/5)

First published: 2013
Page count: 368
The back says: An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today's bestselling authors - John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle - bring all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

I say: In The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson, Jubilee is forced on a train to her grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve. Just before reaching Gracetown the train gets stuck due to storm and Jubilee ventures out into a Waffle House where she meets Stuart who invites her back to his house for Christmas.

John Green’s A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle chronicles three friends’ desperate attempt to make it through the snow to the Waffle House.

And in The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle, Addie tries to get over her broken heart and help her friend get a teacup pig.

I kind of enjoyed The Jubilee Express and read that in one sitting. Although Jubilee was a tad annoying in the beginning, once Stuart was introduced to the story, it grew on me. Johnson’s writing was witty at time and the story flowed along nicely.

The reason I wasn’t so keen on the second story is that I found the trio annoying. I had to put the book down about halfway through because I couldn’t stand them. They were meant to be funny and charming, I’m sure, but it all came across too forceful, and inauthentic, which is sad because I usually like Green’s writing.

The final story was the worst of them all due to a combination of an annoying protagonist and rather meh writing. I don’t mind stories about redemption, but this was so implausible it bordered on ridiculous.

The stories intertwined nicely enough, but in the end I was left feeling nothing.

3/5 mainly because of the first story. 

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