The Mountains of Instead

Championing fiction as an escape from pandemics, politics and bad TV.

The Weather Outside is Frightful (Guest review: Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle)

Today, a guest review from one of my favourite people, the lovely Andy.  Andy is reviewing Let It Snow, a great Christmas read by three great authors.  Enjoy!

Before I start this review, I want to quickly thank two people. First, to Sya, for allowing me to review this book on her site. And to my American pal Sasha (or FzngWizbee as I always call her) for sending me the book from the USA! Thank you both! *hugs*
Let It Snow

Let It Snow is a collection of three short stories, written by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle, where tells the stories of three holiday romance that intertwined as characters and locations overlap as this takes place in the same town, Gracetown.

Maureen Johnson starts us off with The Jubilee Express. Jubilee is told that her parents were arrested after a fight took place for the latest Flobie Santa Village piece and she is sent to her grandparents in Florida. Expect, the train never gets to Florida. The train she’s on gets stuck in a snow drift and here, she meets Jeb, a group of cheersleaders and, when she leaves the train to get food and warmth at the nearest Waffle House, Stuart...

Then, in John Green’s A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, we meet Tobin with his friends JP and the Duke who get a phone call from Keun, worker at the Waffle House, ordering them to come over as there are cheerleaders (yep, the same ones from Maureen’s story). And they want twister. Fancy a road trip in snow and ice...?

The third and final story, The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle, tells the story of Addie who is recovering from her break-up from Jeb (yep, from Maureen’s and John’s stories) while trying to get her friend’s new pet, a teacup pig called Gabriel.

Three very different stories from three very different writers. So, I would like to know how they did it. How did they were these stories and manage to make them interlink with each other’s stories? I sense a lot of minutes on Skype and emailing...

Anyway, I’m not sure how to review this, as these are three separate stories. My fave out of the three is Maureen Johnson’s The Jubilee Express (though John Green’s A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle comes a close second). It was just Christmasy! While I’m not sure about The Patron Saint of Pigs (this is the first story I ever read Lauren Myracle), these three stories can be easily split in Christmas Eve (The Jubilee Express), Christmas Day (A Cheertasic Christmas Miracle) and Boxing Day (The Patron Saint of Pigs). And while each of them were intertwined , each of them stand-up for themselves.

This is a Christmassy read where you can curl up in a comfy chair with a cup of hot chocolate. It’s a sugary read and will get you in the Christmas mood.  

Many thanks to Andy for reviewing one of my favourite Christmas reads - I can only agree with every point he's made and suggest that as well as reading it for yourself you also read more of his bookish thoughts at The Pewterwolf.
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