Genres: Young adult, contemporary, romance.
Let It Snow was my second Christmas read of the year (the first being Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares). It consists of three short stories that are all interconnected (something I forgot while reading the first story and so I was a bit like “huh?” at the end). I know some people think that this makes the stories feel contrived, especially towards the end, but I kind of expect Christmas romance stories to be slightly contrived, so it didn’t bother me at all.
In The Jubilee Express we meet Jubilee. Jubilee’s on her way to spend Christmas with her grandparents in Florida. When her train breaks down in Gracetown due to a severe storm (the “biggest snow storm in fifty years”), and because she’s seemingly a fearless young girl, she heads out to reach a nearby Waffle House. It is here where she meets Stuart, a charming young man who offers shelter at his home. This was my favourite story of the three. Stuart is the perfect boy next door and Jubilee’s quirky and likeable. I thought it was a perfect Christmas story and although I found myself questioning Jubilee’s actions quite frequently, I thought this was the sweetest and funniest story.
Meanwhile, in The Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, Tobin and his friends Angie (aka the Duke) and JP are on their way to the aforementioned Waffle House armed with Twister because there’s a group of cheerleaders waiting for them. I had extremely high hopes for this story because it was written by John Green. Unfortunately, it was my least favourite of the three. I didn’t find it as captivating as the previous story and it reminded me of a less funny Paper Towns road trip. Even so, I enjoyed the banter, especially the determined and hilarious Keun.
Lastly, in The Patron Saint of Pigs, Addie is upset because she hasn’t heard back from her boyfriend. Although they had broken up, she sent him a message asking if he’d meet her in Starbucks. This is the story where it all starts to come together properly and we’re reintroduced to many previous characters. It’s funny and silly, but still unbearably cute. I promise that you will find yourself Googling teacup pigs after reading.
Let It Snow pretty much does what it promises – it provides three interconnected holiday romances. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s a perfect for curling up with at Christmas, but do not take it too seriously.