Let it Snow is a collection of three holiday stories by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Each follows a different-but-connected set of characters in Gracetown, North Carolina during a Christmastime blizzard.
In the first story, The Jubilee Express, Maureen Johnson kicks things off by introducing us to Jubilee, who finds herself taking a last-minute trip to Florida to stay with her grandparents on Christmas Eve. A particularly nasty blizzard causes her to be stranded with a gaggle of cheerleaders- first on her train, which is unable to move because of the snow, and then in a Waffle House, which is the only restaurant in sight of the stranded train. Her only escape from the insanity that is the Ambers and Madisons (and their pom poms) is with a boy she didn’t know she was looking for.
In the second story, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green, best friends Tobin, JP, and the Duke (real name Angie) are called from the comfort of Tobin’s couch and a James Bond marathon by Keun, acting assistant manager at the Waffle House, to come and take part in the Christmas miracle that is stranded cheerleaders. But a twenty minute trip turns into a two hour adventure in the snow, and the three friends learn that things don’t always stay the same.
In the third story, The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle, Addie is struggling to adjust to post-breakup life a week after splitting from her boyfriend, Jeb. But what was supposed to be a crisis comfort session with her best girlfriends leaves her feeling the need to prove that she’s not self-absorbed. As she tries to balance an opening shift at Starbucks the day after Christmas with her desire to prove that it’s NOT all about her, the characters from all three stories come together for a sweet finale that, quite literally, involves a pig in a coffee mug.
In spite of the fact that I own books by both John Green and Maureen Johnson, these stories are the first I’ve read from any of these authors. And I don’t normally read Christmas-themed stories. But these were the perfect stories to come home to after a long, stressful day. They took me back and reminded me of some of the best things about high school. This is particularly true of Green’s story, which in some ways felt like it could have been my high school experience (Except for the snow. We don’t have that here).
This is a great story collection for those looking for a Christmas read, or even for those looking for an introduction to three very talented young adult authors.