Skip to main content

Let It Snow

Because I just got back to the snow after a long time away, I thought I'd post my frigid review of Let It Snow.
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myrachle (352 pages)
Overview: Three different short stories come together to create one all-encoupacing Christmas narrative. The story starts with Maureen Johnson's "The Jubilee Express" where Jubilee is sent on a train to go stay with her grandparents for the holidays after her parents get arrested at a Christmas decorating convention on Christmas Eve. Yes, I know it's strange, bear with me. Then her train crashes, and she walks across the interstate to a Waffle House where she meets a boy named Stuart who takes her on a three mile walk to his house to warm up. They fall into a frozen creek on their way. The story continues on the same strange trajectory it starts.
Then there's John's contribution, "A Cheertastic Christmas," which involves the manager at the Waffle House Jubilee walked into calling his friends about a group of cheerleaders from Jubilee's train. His friends jump in the car to drive through the blizzard to win a race in order to get to hang out with the cheerleaders. It turns out to be a wild goose chase with lots of snow related disasters.
Finally, it wraps up with Lauren's story. It's about the ex-girlfriend of Jeb, a boy Jubilee crushes on on the train. She's distraught and whining because Jeb doesn't show up to Starbuck for their reconciliation after he broke up with her for cheating. And she acts like it's his fault. Honestly, I can't say any more about this story because I quit halfway through, but I think I read enough to predict the end. I'm still not exactly sure what the point of this novel was. Overall: 1.5

Characters: 1 I found the characters in Maureen's story flat. Jubilee had a bit of dimension, but she was too chalk full of cliches to really appreciate anything else. I also have a problem with the fact that Maureen introduces the airhead, one dimensional cheerleaders for all the male characters in the later stories to ogle and female characters to bash. It felt outdated and unnecessary.
John's characters were the only characters that had any trace of life. Though the two guys did their fair share of ogling and the female lead, the Duke, who the guys don't look at as a girl, Green addresses these behaviors and dissects them so that the characters are forced to confront their behavior.
Finally, it was the characters, as well as some of the plot, that finally made me give up on the book by the time I got to the last story. The main character and her friends are so cardboard they're close to parodies of themselves.

Plot: .5 As you can see from the synopsis, the plots are a bit strange, reliant on stereotypes and are neither compelling nor particularly entertaining. Porcelain Christmas Convention arrests, trains running off the tracks, cheerleaders at the Waffle House, and an epic race to be the guys allowed to watch the cheerleaders play Twister, is a bit ridiculous. Actually, a lot ridiculous. If it wasn't for the Duke's character, I would wonder if any of the authors had any amount of respect for women despite the anthology being mostly written by them.

Writing: 1.5 I have always loved John Green's voice, and, even with this story, his writing style is irresistible. I got some strong Alaska vibes from it (Maybe it was a "The Colonel"/"The Duke" naming situation?). He also was the only author who didn't seem to take the story seriously, which was necessary for the level of shenanigans inn the book. He admitted it was ridiculous, and, by addressing it in the story with the characters, grounded the book in a way that made it readable.
Maureen had the next best structured and executed story, but she couldn't seem to keep her characters from spiraling into cookie cutouts. I found the story to be mediocre.

Links of Interest:

If you liked this article, please share it with your friends and check out our other articles ranging from book reviews to poetry and short stories to editorials. To get updates about new posts and extras, please follow us on Instagram (@readingwritingandme), Twitter (@readwriteandme), and Facebook or sign up for email alerts by clicking the subscribe button at the top of the sight. Also, please leave comments or email us (readingwritingandme@gmail.com) with your thoughts or review requests. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Spotlight Review: All Out Of Pretty

All Out Of Pretty by Ingrid Palmer (April 3)
Overview: Palmer tells the story of Andrea "Bones" and her mother as they deal with the terrifying world of drug dealing and domestic abuse. Andrea is the child Ayla, her mother, never wanted. Until her Gram's death, she'd barely spent any time with Ayla. But after Andrea finds Gram lying dead on the kitchen floor, she's sucked into Ayla's world bouncing from town to town as Ayla squanders the little money they have left. Andrea tries to use school and her status as an honors student as a bright spot in her life, though even that is threatened by their turbulent, migrant lives. Until they settle in with Judd who's worse than any scary motel. While Ayla is too drug dependent to work to break the cycle of abuse Judd inflicts on them, Andrea must formulate a plan for their escape before it's too late. Can she get them out of danger while hiding their life from prying onlookers. Overall: 5 

Characters: 5 I though…

Upcoming Spotlight Reviews

Hello, everyone! I haven't done one of these update posts about the month ahead or what's going on with the blog in a while, so I thought I'd take a minute today to share a bit about what's coming up. There are so many amazing things, but, first, I wanted to thank all of you for helping grow the blog. It means so much to me that I am reaching my largest audience yet. Remember to click the subscribe button on the main page to get email updates about new posts and to follow on Instagram (@readingwritingandme), Twitter (@readwriteandme), and Facebook which I'll link below!
One of the major things I'm focusing on going forward is giving you guys three amazing posts per week. Sundays will always be for Weekly Reviews and Recommendations while Wednesdays and Fridays will feature different reviews and articles. With Teen Book Con coming up, I'll be running a special series of reviews for all the books whose wonderful authors I get to meet!
And, of course, there a…

New Release: America Panda

America Panda by Gloria Chao (306 pages)
Overview: Mei is starting MIT a year early, skipping senior year, pushed forward by her parents who always demanded she push herself past extremes. They've also dictated that she's at MIT to become a doctor and that she will marry Eugene. Mei doesn't know how to cope with her parents rigid views and traditions that come from their Chinese culture. She doesn't feel like she can belong anywhere due to the conflicting expectations, and she knows she must sort out her feelings if she ever wants to be happy. Overall: 4.5

Characters: 5 I loved Mei. I related to her so much. We both need glasses (and don't wear them often), have a thing with avoiding germs, and are graduating early (something I never thought I'd see in a book). Watching Mei struggle between what she wants to do and what her parents want her to do. It's amazing to see how the college experience and the people around her help her sort out her feelings and carry…