Let It Snow: Three Holiday Stories

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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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School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

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: 26,835
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@realjohngreen) and tumblr (fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com) or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com.

John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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’.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    I'm absolutely obsessed with anything romance or holiday themed,

    I'm absolutely obsessed with anything romance or holiday themed, so this was literally the perfect book! While I utterly adored the first two stories, I found the third one not so great, and actually couldn't even get all the way through it. However, this book is definitely worth buying just for the first two, and some may even like the third story as well (the one by Lauren Myracle). I just didn't enjoy the third one because the main girl was having a selfish pity party through the whole thing and it was hard to read because the main character is so unlikeable. But PLEASE buy this book; you'll be happy you did. Romance, the holidays, and fun short stories: it's a triple threat and makes everyone happy!

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    All three stories are just delightful. I read them all in three

    All three stories are just delightful. I read them all in three days, one a day, and the writers do a terrific job of linking all three together! I'd never read any of the authors, but found all of them enjoyable. Definitely glad that I finally experienced the joy of John Green. Although it originally seems a bit far-fetched that all three romances could have occurred in such a short amount of time, they seem to work their way out in a pleasing manner. A great read any time of the year!

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Great Book!!!

    This was one of the best books i've ever read. I loved how all of the stories were connected together.Once i got to the second story i couldnt put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone!!

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Amazing!

    This book was such an enjoyable read, i read it over holiday break, and it was funny, sweet, memorable, and i loved the way all three stories connected together. It was clear and easy to understand, and i loved the writing style of each author. Love it love it love it love it!

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    warm, christmas, love

    Three authors band together from holiday fun, love and craziness in Let it Snow. Maureen Johnson starts off the fun with her short story The Jubliee Express. Jubilee, who happens to hate her first name is ready to party down at her boyfriend's Christmas Eve party. It is full of dressing up, looking your best, and loving the ones you love. Unfortunately, things never go as planned. The city cops showed up at her down informing that her parents have been arrested in a Flobie Santa Village riot. (Think those cute little houses that light up and are themed for Christmas). Within an hour, she is shipped on to a train, heading to Florida to spend her Christmas with her Grandparents. Yet, nothing goes as planned. The train gets snowed in at Gracetown, and all she has is a Waffle House to rest and eat in. Enter Stuart, the resident town hottie who would rather mope then meet girls. After casual conversation, they take things from there and head to Stuart's house. Christmas isn't anything like it seems with Jubilee is stuck in a house, with people she doesn't know, and nothing seems to get her way.

    John Green knocks it out of the park with Cheertastic Christmas Miracle. All about the race to the Waffle House. The Duke and Tobin have been friends since they can remember. The Duke, who is actually a girl, is never seen as one to Tobin. She is just the James Bond loving person who gets him for him. When they get a call that a large group of bubbling, cheerful cheerleaders are sitting in the Waffle House, and they have to be the first ones there. WITH twister. Their simple track through the snow gets a whole lot harder when they are not the only ones racing there. Throughout the madness, cold snow, and craziness, something starts between the Duke and Tobin, and it's something strong.

    Bringing up the rear, Lauren Myracle finishes with The Patron Saint of Pigs. Addie, the self obsessed teen is mourning the loss her true love Jeb. One simple mistake with a classmate leaves her alone, and single. Her friends don't see her side, and thinks she needs to get over herself. To better her image, and not lose her friends forever, Addie helps them out with retrieving one tiny teacup pig. Can she actually put down her own self for once? Yup, not looking good. The pig ends up being sold to someone else, and Addie must race to find the pig before her friend showed. Along the way, Addie realizes what's important in life, and who really matters.

    Each story of these three authors are linked together, which you don't see in most short story books. You feel more connected and cherish each story more. Let it Snow is one of those books you read for fun, and enjoy every minute it. You don't have to be shivering in the winter to enjoy it. It's a good young adult book for any season.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    I love winter!

    Such a great book and a nice qiuck read!

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    The three stories dovetail...

    ingeniously! This was one of my high school book club's selection and we really enjoyed it. It wonderful to see three talented writers collaborating so cleverly.

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