Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Let It Snow (Three Holiday Romances)

Some months ago, I read about an upcoming trilogy of holiday romances by three esteemed authors, John Green. Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Here is the blurb:

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.



While the blurb interested me, it wasn’t until I got to the final line--telling me that the tales were interconnected--that I added it to my book list. I loved the idea that same characters and storylines would pop in and out of each author’s story (in each author’s voice).

So I bought the book, and moved it ahead of my massive reading pile for my December reading. And am I glad I did.

Let It Snow is more than just a holiday book or collection of stories. The writing is sharp, the characters leap off the page, you laugh, you choke up, you shiver in the cold, you warm by the fire...and you fall in the love with the characters. Some of whom do travel all the way through the book, along with clever little themes and phrases.

In fact, one of the characters creates his own swear word, and it appears enough times throughout the book that it stuck in my head. So when a driver cut in front of me this week, guess what came out of my mouth? (No, I'm not going to write it here...you'll have to find it out for yourself!)

I am presently passing my copy of Let It Snow around to my friends...and encourage our YA FRESH readers to check it out, too. And then come back and let is know what you think.

16 fresh comments:

yabooknerd said...

I really liked this one. I adore Christmas/winter tales, but this is sweet.

Alea said...

I just read this book and loved it! And the swear word in the book, I used to use that all the time in college! I don't know if I picked it up somewhere or me and some friends were just goofing around or what! It's a great one though isn't it- always gets a laugh! My favorite thing about it was how the stories connect too! Another one I really liked (but haven't read in awhile) that I think does something similar is this book called Kissing In Manhattan, but the stories are all from the same author so that probably made it easier to do!

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, yabooknerd!

Alea--really--you used that swear word in college? I thought the authors made it up! And I'll check out Kissing in Manhattan!

Alea said...

Maybe they think they did?- I think it's like an underground swearword that hasn't made it's official appearance yet! But oh yes it was one of my favorites! I was so excited to see it in the book, I was like omg I love that word!

I remember Kissing in Manhattan getting a little dark but I also remember really enjoying it :)

Alea said...

Ok I just did a google search and it's popping up in some Urban Dictionaries hehe! I need to start using it again (when and if it's appropriate) ;)

Liviania said...

I've been considering buying this one some I'm glad to hear it's well worth reading.

Kelly Parra said...

A perfect book to share for the holidays, Tina!! Thanks for telling us about it!

Lis said...

Haven't read this one yet, I'll have to pick it up! :o)

sweetmelissa818 said...

I keep seeing this one at the bookstore, but I never get it. I guess I should.

Korianne said...

I have had this one on my bookmooch wishlist for what seems like ages! Now with all this swear word business the curiousity is getting to me. Borders trip the day after christmas! Oh and Kelly and Tina, would you consider adding my blog koriannespeaks.blogspot.com to your fresh friends?

sharigreen said...

I bought this one a couple days before Christmas and hope to curl up with it tonight after all the feasting and subsequent dishwashing is done. :)

A Literate Musician said...

I love MJ, JG, and LM. This book is amazing. I loved how all of the stories connected without being too overly staged.

amyonymous said...

thanks for the tip on this book. i read it much too quickly, but i enjoyed all three of the stories and really liked how they were linked.

the swear word? as a high school teacher, i have heard kids using it. not a lot, but it's out there; enough that it took me a while to figure out which swear word you were talking about. i thought it was cool that the authors (not sure which one came up with it) were that current with funny teen swear words!

amy

Kelly said...

I just finished this book and totally agree with the review here!

I've not read MJ's work before, and I'd like to check out one of her novels. Any recommendations?

Kelly Parra said...

Hi Kelly!

I've heard great things about all of MJ's books! The latest are Suite Scarlett and Girl at Sea. :) :)

Raine said...

I haven't encountered a collections of stories to connected. I look this one up. :D