Let It Snow
by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle
“The worst blizzard for fifty years.
Three wintry love stories.
One magical night.
It’s Christmas Eve and Gracetown has been buried by snow. But the weather is more than just an inconvenience. When one girl unexpectedly steps off a stranded train, she sets off a series of life-changing events.
Soon fourteen pumped-up cheerleaders will descend on the local Waffle House, the Duke’s DVD night will be rudely interrupted for a Twister mission, and a lovesick barista will determine the fate of a single teacup pig…
As the three stories collide, strangers cross paths and romance blossoms with heart-warming consequences.”
I picked up this book for a book bingo, after having seen it for a few years, and even though I have read most of John Green’s books, this one for some reason just did not interest me. I think this may have been because I was someone who had no time for short stories, but that has all changed.
Julie’s parents have been arrested so she is forced to travel to her grandparents’ in Florida by train, however, the biggest storm in fifty years has hit and the train gets stuck just outside of Gracetown. Julie meets Jeb and then fourteen cheerleaders in the cafe car, she decides to hike across to the Waffle House on the side of the interstate which runs along the train track. Jeb and the cheerleaders end up also at the Waffle House. Julie leaves with Stewart to get away from the cheerleaders, Jeb is trying to get hold of his ‘girlfriend’ who lives in Gracetown and was meant to be meeting before the stuck train, while the guy managing the Waffle House invites his friends over to play twister with the cheerleaders.
I really did not think much reading the blurb, but these authors must have had so much fun writing this book, especially finding the ways that they could interlink. This is such a clever concept, I want more books like this one! I went through a lot of emotions and feels in the short time that it took to read this book.
My favourite characters have to be Julie, Jeb, Stewart, Addie, Tobin and Angie. I loved seeing how lives interweave more than we get in a ‘normal’ book, and more than we know about in real life as we do not normally get to see how everything affects people in different ways. I did find it a little irritating that we knew more than the characters in parts.
My favourite part has to be a lot of it, but the best part was the racing to the Waffle House, I was laughing so much during that bit. I think this book could be made into a film and it would be incredible, I do not normally think that. There were a few twists, most of which I did not see coming. I also read this book in 17 hours (including sleep), so it definitely gripped me from beginning to end.
While reading this book, I described it as seeing how one event can affect a lot of people. I would recommend it to anyone. 4 out of 5.