Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

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The New York Times bestseller!

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 ...

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller!

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.

"Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays."—School Library Journal

"Contemporary culture, humorous romantic developments and strong characters enhance this collaborative effort."—Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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The authors share an ironic, idiosyncratic sense of humor that helps bind their stories, each with a slightly different tone and take on love, into one interconnected volume brimming with romance and holiday spirit.
KLIATT - Sherri Forgash Ginsberg
This is a unique foray into a format in which three different authors tell a story. Maureen Johnson kicks off with a gigantic snowstorm that leads Jubilee on an adventure on a stranded train to the middle of nowhere; she winds up in a diner with a bunch of cheerleaders. John Green continues with a group of friends trying to get to the diner to interact with the cheerleaders in a small Honda, which winds up in a snow bank. Lauren Myracle ends the tale, tying it all together with a sweet love story. The cadence of the story is surprisingly consistent and the reader wouldn't know there are three different authors. All gimmicks aside, this is a great story illuminating the magic of the holidays and the strengths and weaknesses of friendships. YAs will adore it. Reviewer: Sherri Forgash Ginsberg
VOYA - Heather Christensen
A Christmas snowstorm in a small southern town creates the perfect setting for three romances by favorite young adult authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Three teens tell their stories, and although each narrative stands on its own, they occasionally bump into each other, overlapping in the way life in a small town often does. In Johnson's Jubilee Express, a snowy hike through an unfamiliar town with an amiable stranger leads one teen to reconsider her relationship with her very popular and too-busy-to-call boyfriend. Green's A Cheertastic Christmas recounts the hilarious journey from best friend to something more, all the while battling ice, snow, and fiendish twins. Finally a Starbucks worker takes a hard look at herself, paving the way to a triumphant reunion with her old boyfriend in Myracle's The Patron Saint of Pigs. This collection is a light but satisfying read, with well-developed primary characters and entertaining secondary characters. Happy endings abound, although characters in each story examine their various relationships and make necessary adjustments-everything from breaking up to shaping up. There is plenty of physical humor for laugh-out-loud fun and enough dreamy romance to warm up those cold winter nights. Fans of chick lit and chick flicks will enjoy this collection with a steamy cup of hot chocolate and a cozy quilt. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
School Library Journal

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What do a Christmas Eve snowstorm, 14 perky cheerleaders, a Waffle House, and a guy covered in tin foil have in common? Answer: these romantic holiday stories. Through an interconnected cast of characters set in one small Southern town, each author reveals a serendipitous night in the life of a particular teen. In Johnson's "Jubilee Express," level-headed Jubilee experiences a traumatic day during which her parents get arrested, her train gets stuck in the snow, and she breaks up with her boyfriend, but in the end finds a new love. Green deftly portrays the teen male perspective with humor and wit in his "Cheertastic Christmas Miracle," which starts with an urgent quest for cheerleaders and ends with an eye-opening experience of finding true love right before one's eyes. In Myracle's "Patron Saint of Pigs," while agonizing over the pain of a recent breakup, Addie learns about herself and gains respect for relationships at the same time. Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Three top authors of teen fiction join forces for a collection of linked novellas set in the same small town in North Carolina on Christmas Eve. During the worst blizzard in 50 years, a packed train gets stuck in the snow, and teens from the train interact with teens from the town in ways both hilarious and romantic. In Johnson's "The Jubilee Express," a 16-year-old passenger named Jubilee meets Stuart, who takes her home to his family and convinces her that she needs a better boyfriend than the one she left at home. Green's offering is "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle," narrated by Tobin, who struggles with his buddies through the snow so they can meet 14 stranded cheerleaders. Myracle contributes "The Patron Saint of Pigs," about a local girl named Addie who has just broken up with her boyfriend. The conclusion ties up the plot strands from all three stories, with all the main characters enjoying coffee at Starbucks on Christmas night. Contemporary culture, humorous romantic developments and strong characters enhance this collaborative effort. (Fiction. 11-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142412145
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/2/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 29,659
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Green is the author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan). He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Visit him online at johngreenbooks.com

Maureen Johnson is the author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Devilish, Girl at Sea, The Name of the Star and Suite Scarlett. Visit her online at maureenjohnsonbooks.com

Lauren Myracle is the author of many popular books for teens and tweens, including Shine, Kissing Kate, Peace,Love and Baby Ducks,  The Winne Years series and New York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn (Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado. Visit her online at www.laurenmyracle.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    2 out 3 stories are excellent

    I don't usually go for holiday books but this one is a lot of fun and doesn't feel one-note. It manages to convey the holiday theme without being sappy.

    I could tell by the first few pages the first story was written by Maureen Johnson; being a follower of her on twitter, the writng had her spastic, observational humor all over it (if you're on twitter and don't follower her, you should: @maureenjohnson). The story starts with a girl named Jubilee, who goes by a variety of nicknames to sidestep her awful namesake which derives from a building in a collectible miniature Christmas village her parents are obsessed with. Her plans to spend Christmas Eve at her boyfriend's family's smorgasbord are thwarted when 1.) her parents are jailed after a scuffle at the Flobie Christmas village convention, where a riot broke out over a limited edition piece 2.) her parents are sending her by train to Florida to be with her grandparents 3.) the train gets snowbanked in a town two hours south and she's stranded, boyfriendless and alone.

    What follows is a quirky although not entirely unbelievable tale about a Waffle House, a heartbroken teen boy named Stuart who finds her, and his mother's insistence on taking care of a wayward girl alone on Christmas Eve. Jubilee isn't too happy her boyfriend isn't responding to her calls and texts, and she's not sure what to think of this new guy and his creepily obsessive, although genuinely kind, mother. It's filled with a hundred details that make the story enjoyable - specifically how her parent's have attained widespread notoriety as part of "The Flobie Five," who got arrested over the collectible village.

    The next story is John Green's, and it again features a Waffle House and a snowstorm. And hey, these guys know Stuart from the first story. It's connected! I love stuff like this. Out of boredom, three friends venture into the storm to the Waffle House where they've heard a team of cheerleaders are stranded. This is the same Waffle House Jubilee eagerly vacated with Stuart to get away from the cheerleaders from her train after it got stuck. It's a typical John Green set-up: awkward gu, whip-smart and somehow unattainable girl, hilarious sidekick involved in a caper. It's solid, and ties together aspects of the first story.

    Lauren Myracle's piece is about Addie, a girl who broke up with Jeb who was on Jubilee's train. I thought it was kind of interesting in the first story how Jeb is featured at first but then he completely drops off. The heartbreak and wallowing feels a little cliche, and I have to admit, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two. Characters from the other stories show up at the end to the Starbucks where Addie works, and connect the story further. It's satisfying to see how everyone knows each other

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com

    I'm a sucker for romance any time of the year, but something about the holiday season makes me want to curl up in a nice blanket, drink hot chocolate, and read love stories. LET IT SNOW is the perfect holiday read. <BR/><BR/>Maureen Johnson starts things off with THE JUBILEE EXPRESS, in which Jubliee (no, not a stripper, but named for a piece in her mother's collection of the Flobie Santa Village) finds herself stranded on a train in Gracetown in a huge snowstorm. A trip to the Waffle House introduces her to Stuart and friendship, or maybe something more, starts to form. <BR/><BR/>In A CHEERTASTIC CHRISTMAS MIRACLE, author John Green hilariously describes the mission of three friends to get to the Waffle House where a group of cheerleaders are stranded and wanting to play Twister. <BR/><BR/>And Lauren Myracle's THE PATRON SAINT OF PIGS shows that lost love can be found again with the help of Starbucks, angels, and even a pig. <BR/><BR/>Each story stands well on its own, but it was nice to have a common thread throughout. I loved how the authors found ways to connect all three stories. Characters you meet in the beginning show up later on, and places like Starbucks and the Waffle House are important to all three tales. The only thing I didn't like was that they were all short stories - I could have kept reading about each of the characters! <BR/><BR/>LET IT SNOW is a great, warm, fuzzy read for the holidays, so grab some hot chocolate and curl up because you won't want to stop reading until you're finished and happily sighing.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Fluff and fun

    I thought that the three short stories in this book were wonderful and worked well together. It is interesting to see the mix of different styles come together, especially since all the stories are intertwined pergectly. My personal favorite was John Green's, but all of them are wonderful. A magical holiday read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Highly Recommend - movie rights to this book were purchased for a reason.

    As a huge John Green fan I'll jump at the chance to pick up anything with his name on it, despite my general aversion to anything which labels itself as any sort of "romance." So, when I began reading Maureen Johnson's portion of the book "The Jubilee Express" and finding myself smile because it was funny and charming, I was pleasantly surprised. The stories which make up this book stray away from the beaten path of romantic writing in a way that is both unexpected and delightful. Each (with the exception of Lauren Myracle's portion which I could not bring myself to finish)brought its characters to life so effectively I found myself growing attached to them, an impressive feat in the span of about 100 pages.

    The complexity of the characters, the suspense of the plots, and the general exuberance of the book made it a joy to read. Even without the third story, I still plan to purchase this book for myself so I can read it every holiday season (of course, I may have to adjust my definition of the holiday season so it may include the Fourth of July, Halloween, Easter, and Arbor Day).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    I can't wait!!!

    It sounds so good, I absolutely must have it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2008

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    Great Book for the Holiday Season!

    I thought this book was great! The stories are fun to read and the characters are quirky and likeable. I think with the way things are right now, this is a terrific holiday book to get you into the spirit of love and celebration. The stories are written well and weave perfectly into one another. I found myself excited to see where the characters would end up. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the holidays and love stories.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Three stories that show the joy of Snow

    This book is very surprising. It is amazing how the authors connected all the stories together. Characters from one story worm their way through into another. A great way to get in the holiday mood early and ready for your own adventure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    I wouldn't say it is appropriate for 12 year olds when it talks

    I wouldn't say it is appropriate for 12 year olds when it talks about strippers. I mean, like what? Why would 12 ear olds want to read about strippers. Should be 13+ atleast.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Exceeded my Expectations!

    I didn't expect each story to interlink as much as they did. It was nice to see the styles of different authors be used together but still showing each authors true writing. I loved each story and how each one took on the blizzard differently. I loved how in the last story at the end it brought together all the characters from each of the stories and showed how they were all interlinked. Overall it was a fun and enjoyable read especially during Christmas and this crazy winter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    This book made me cry of happiness. I am usually not a fan of ro

    This book made me cry of happiness. I am usually not a fan of romances, unless they are John Green romances, but this book is the perfect book for the holidays. And if you are feeling skeptical because it is also written by foreign authors, get over it because this is one of my favorite book I have ever read, and I've read many books. I would highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Let it snow

    lOVE one of the best

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    Rating: Chaser; I appreciated the story line.  It kept me readin

    Rating: Chaser; I appreciated the story line.  It kept me reading.  It took me a couple days to finish because I kept putting it down/falling asleep.
    Great concept… good stories.  Two wonderful and one great author tackle young love over the time span of Holiday break (really Christmas Eve to Day after Christmas).  Although these stories were very well targeted to the younger crowd (13-18 y/o), I found them “cute”.  You know I love John Green, so that’s why I bought the book.  I enjoyed the first story but I sped through it to get to the John Green contirbution.  Of course he blew me away with his portrayal of a teen ‘racing’ his way to love.  The opportunity for ‘love’ not obvious to his main character, but he incorporates all his characters into the finale.  Marueen Johnson  and Lauren Myracle also desomonstrate a young woman’s need to find ‘the one’ in the sea of fish.  I read this just after Christmas and I am sure the spirit of the holidays would have moved me more if I read it prior.  They are easy and fast to read, but I kept putting it down.  Johnson &amp; Myracle’s “I am a doomed teen, destined to roam the planet, single, for the rest of my life” drama was a little too much for me.    Green’s introspective take on how to approach love via friendship was very real.  Something I can relate to.

    Johnson adds a lot of starting block humor that kept me interested. Jubilee sees the ubsurdity with her parents obsession, but can’t see the forest for the trees when it comes to her own relationship.  When her train breaks down near a Waffle House in Gracetown and she trusts a handsome stranger to take her home to get out of the storm, Julie is forced to reevaluate her her current and toxic relationship.  Stuart, her opinionated looking-glass, wants to make sure that what happened to him, doesn’t happen to her.

    Green’s characters are the best of friends, as they’ve always been, but one friend is ready for more.  Not until a race to the cheeleader-packed Waffle House, sidetrakced with ‘life or death’ obstacles, does the revelation that ‘more’ could be targeted at the male-lead, Tobin.  “The Duke” or Angie is just a friend, but his vision of her is quickly adjusting.

    Myracle character, Addie, has found love with a wonderful shy guy but she wants the ‘Hollywood’ happy ending, sequel, prequel, etc..  Her support group, gal pals, help her examine her faults when she inadvertanly ruins her relationship with Mr. Wonderful/Jeb.  She is pushed to become less selfish and more observant of whats going one aournd her ‘me drama’.  This final short incorportes all the characters from the previous two and how their develpments all lead to her fairy tale ‘happily ever after’.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

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    Not only as a big John Green and Maureen Johnson fan, I would recommend this book to any one. Absolutely every one. This book is made of Puffy awesome cuteness obviously worth reading. Though I wasn't a fan of Lauren Myracle (or had ever heard of her), I liked her story as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    Very Kool

    Its a nice read for the holidays and in some way all the stories are connect so its really kool and its set in my home state of VA which is really kool!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2015

    My review





    Good..not amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2015

    Not all writing is created equally.

    This is an enjoyable text. You may not get that impression as you read my review, but I honestly did like it... Just some parts more than others. I think the authors did a wonderful job of intertwining their three pieces, then combining them all in the end of the third pieces as a finale.

    I purchased this text because I am a John Green fan. When I began reading the first piece I was disappointed... though it was well written it was not what I have come to expect while readinga John Green text. There is a logical reason for this; John Green wrote the second piece only. I put the book down several times before finishing the first piece, the only reason I kept reading is because I was anxious to read John Green's piece. As I now reflect upon reading this text, that very anticipation may have negatively distorted my reading of the first piece. I just wanted to get through it and on to the second, John Green's writing.

    I plan to reread this text, without the John Green anticipation. I am hoping this will enhance the first piece for me. The third piece was also negatively distorted due to my biased preference for John Green. It was good and I enjoyed it, but I just kept comparing it to the second piece. Overall a wonderful text, obviously if I plan to reread it, right?,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2015

    Adorable

    This book was absolutely brilliant.

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  • Posted February 7, 2015

    This was a really lovely book, and it introduced me to new autho

    This was a really lovely book, and it introduced me to new authors to keep an eye out for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015

    Super good

    I only read the sample but that was all I needed. Geat book.

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  • Posted January 10, 2015

    Three short stories that are sweetly linked and I loved them all

    Three short stories that are sweetly linked and I loved them all individually and together!  Having each story told from a different character allowed each author to use their own distinctive voices, but as their characters make big appearances in each other's stories it linked them so geniusly.

    The first story takes you on a train trip to the North Carolina setting and while introduces the reader to the upcoming characters still has a plot of its own.  The following stories take their characters on rides, but still includes the previous characters - how they did this I have no idea and I want to know!!

    I would love to have another set of stories like this with Christmas at the center or not - wouldn't matter to me!

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