I know it's not yet Christmas but I can't help it. I've had this book for more than 2months already and that's just about the farthest I can withhold the yearning!
The book contains 3 interconnected stories.
Story #1: The Jubilee Express
by Maureen Johnson
Jubilee Dougal, daughter of two crazed-Flobie-Santa-Village-collectors is named after the Flobie Santa Village building no. 4, which is Jubilee Hall. FSV is a miniature Santa Village which you buy and collect.
That night before Christmas, Jubilee is left at home killing time until she gets ready to attend her over-achieving/mathlete/jock boyfriend Noah's annual smorgasbord.
A swift turn of events occurred and she's suddenly aboard a train from Virginia to Florida to spend the holidays with her grandparents. While both parents in jail for being involved in a riot at the Flobie Showroom, both also became part of the nationwide instant amusement called the Flobie Five!
In the cafeteria area of the train (snack car), with cheerleaders that were mostly named Ambers and Madisons and a long-haired-exotic-looking guy named Jeb, the train suddenly stopped.
It couldn't go any further due to the strongest-snowstorm-in-five-years dilemma, snow was just everywhere. They are currently in Gracetown and Jubilee decided to get out of the train and go to a more suitable place. She ended up at the Waffle House.
She meets Stuart Weintraub and their love story begins.
Story #2: Cheertastic Christmas Miracle
by John Green
The story starts with Tobin, the Duke(Angie) and Korean best friend JP watching their James Bond marathon. With Tobin's mom announcing that they can't get home for Christmas due to the snowstorm and Keun who's-also-Korean-and-the-Waffle-House-Manager-for-the-night calling, they begin their adventure!
Keun in deep need of Twister to hopefully entertain 14 stranded cheerleaders, forced the three to get on with their way to the Waffle House in spite of the weather.
Through the journey, Tobin realizes something he never did before. Could he be harboring feelings more than the platonic friendship he has with the Duke?
Story #3: The Patron Saint of Pigs
by Lauren Myracle
Addie who was the girlfriend of Jeb spends Christmas with a broken heart. Having been the one to cheat on him by kissing someone else out of frustration, she realized how much she still loved him. After cutting her hair short and dying it pink, she tells her BFF's Tegan and Dorrie all her dilemmas.
Upon the discovery that she might be a self-absorbed/self-centered person, she tries to prove her best friends wrong by picking-up Tegan's pre-ordered teacup pig at Pet World across Starbucks where she's(Addie) working at.
Everything ends at Starbucks where she meets Jeb for the first time since the last.
This is definitely the most time-consuming book review yet. I excluded a lot of characters. I didn't even include Tin Foil Guy who I think is the star in this one!
The Horn Book did not kid when they said that this is brimming with holiday spirit. In a very inexplicable way, I really felt that it was Christmas. Also possesses this generous amount of romance!
This might be the teen version of the movie Love Actually or any other movie that has interconnected characters like Valentine's Day. The experience between watching a film and reading a book with a theme like this is different in such ways. With watching the film, you kinda get where it's heading, you get an idea early on... while on the book, there's so much mystery, it's like planting assorted seeds and witnessing them grow to their final forms.
I absolutely enjoyed Let it Snow!