Category: YA Fiction (Teen)
Published: October 2008
Read: December 2016
Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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 see only 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 from 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 bestselling 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: This was a great read to kick off another holiday season. The perfect part about reading this book is that when I started to read it, it actually started to snow where I live. It was a pretty picture to go along with my book. I have also never read any of these authors (I know not even John Green) and was excited to check out a bit of their work.
I am a huge fan of short stories and these did not disappoint. The book consists of three stories from each author. They are all set to the back drop of a HUGE snow storm hitting a small town. When they talk snow storm they are talking, white out and can’t drive anywhere snow storm. Stop a train snow storm! They are all connected as only stories set in a small town where everyone knows everyone can.
You start out with The Jubliee Express by Maureen Johnson. It’s about a girl Jubliee who is on her way to visit her Grandmother in a quick last min trip and get’s stranded in said small town when her train breaks down. She meets Stewart who lets her come to her house to stay. Minus the never go anywhere with a stranger thing that bothered me it was a cute story where two people who don’t know proper romance love meet, and well…the rest I am sure you can figure out. They are both strong characters and mesh well together.
The second story is by the famous John Green, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle. I must say I LOVED this story by far. I found it funny and action packed and great characters. You meet one who’s catch phrase “Ass Hat” is used throughout and I must say I noticed I was saying it myself as I was reading this book. It’s a cute story of three friends trying to make their way to the waffle house because there are cheerleaders stranded from the storm. To teenage boys this is a really big deal. Chaos ensues as different groups try to make it there in this storm. Hence the humour throughout the whole story. For my first John Green story I was impressed and loved it. From this alone I would read another one of his books.
The last story if about Addy, in The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle. I didn’t like this one so much and this is why I gave the book a 4/5. I found the main character very whiny and I couldn’t stand her at all. I know the story was about her and getting over her “me me me” attitude but it was hard for me to get over it. It wasn’t a bad story but it was annoying and I found myself just struggling to get through.
For a teen book it is what you expect. There was talk of sex and some drugs but nothing hard core. It would be a good read for the younger to the older teens, and a great little book full of Christmas spirit. It is all based around Christmas eve and morning so that is the nice part about it. I would recommend this as a stocking stuffer or a great gift for any teen girl or anyone who loves quick short romance stories without the heave PDA.