“Sometimes when we forget to do things for others, it’s because we’re too wrapped up in our own problems.”
– Let it Snow, Lauren Myracle
I picked this up at the bookstore a few weeks ago, hoping to receive a love story similar to Love Actually. Read on to find out if I got just that.
Let It Snow is divided into three love stories: The Jubilee Express, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, and The Patron Saint of Pigs.
The Jubilee Express sets the tone and milieu of the book. Spread out across 12 chapters, it tells the tale of how 16-year-old Jubilee Dougal ends up on a train to Florida where she is to stay with her grandparents for the holidays. You see, her parents had been put in jail for their involvement in a riot over the Flobie Santa Village (a.k.a. Christmas village, made up of colorful house figurines that you piece together) so she would be alone over the holidays. On the train, she meets Jeb, a heartbroken stranger who is hoping to get back with an ex-girlfriend (who he was going to see). The two are stranded for a few days, however, due to the bad weather (the worst in years), and are forced to flee to a nearby waffle house where Jubilee meets awkward but lovable Stuart.
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle starts off with three friends on a couch, engaged in a James Bond movie marathon: Tobin, JP, and The Duke (a.k.a. Angie). The three are later on called to the waffle house by their friend Keun, who is said to be having the time of his life with fourteen cheerleaders — the same ones on the train with Jubilee and Jeb. This bit of the book touches heavily on their journey to the waffle house in which Tobin and The Duke are able to dig deeper into their friendship, checking to see if it could result in something more.
Let It Snow ends with The Patron Saint of Pigs, narrated by Addie, who we come to know is Jeb’s ex-girlfriend. It documents her struggle to get over the broken relationship and her over-all quest to self-discovery.
I was very disappointed with this book. For something that was put on the Young Adult Library Services Association’s ”Books to Watch Out For” in 2008, I found this book to be anything but great. All three stories were predictable and dangerously mushy, even for someone like me who enjoys a good love story or two.
I didn’t like how each story was left undeveloped (it might be the lack of space, I don’t know), and how most, if not all, characters, were just so obnoxious in their own right, with their lives dependent on their significant others, nothing more.
And lastly, I didn’t like how the three tales came together — the narrative was just so forced!
If I were to rank the three stories according to preference though, this would be the arrangement: Maureen Johnson’s The Jubilee Express first, followed by John Green’s A Cheertastic Miracle, then Lauren Myracle’s The Patron Saint of Pigs. So yes, at least for me, this book just got worse by the page.
Let It Snow, however, has received rave reviews from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc, but I really can’t see why. Perhaps this book is something a tween will enjoy, but it definitely wasn’t for me. Take a look for yourself, and be the judge. =)
Book cover was grabbed from the Internet.