Authors: John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Genre: YA, Romance
Published: October 2008
Rating: 9 / 10
Synopsis (from the back cover):
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.
My Review: This is such an amazing book. It's actually a collection of three books in one - "The Jubilee Express," by Maureen Johnson, "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle," by John Green, and "The Patron Saint of Pigs," by Lauren Myracle - but all of the characters and stories overlap. It's a unique way to write a book, and I loved reading about how the events in one story affect the outcome of another. It's a holiday book, and a teen romance, so of course all of the stories have happy endings, but they're all great journeys. The characters themselves are all very real, and remind me of people I was either friends with in high school, or wanted to be friends with. There's also tons of humor - the Flobie Village collection reminded me of Radar's parents' Black Santa collection in Paper Towns, and the idea of cheerleaders snowed in at a Waffle House made me giggle. This is a great book, not just for Christmas time, but for anytime you need a warm-fuzzy pick-me-up. Out of the three authors, the only one I hadn't read before was Maureen Johnson, but I'll definitely be picking up a few of her books now. Any recommendations for ones to start with? I was thinking of either Suite Scarlett or 13 Little Blue Envelopes.
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