Authors: John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Published by: Speak
Rating: 4 stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.
Three authors, three stories, and all the joy of the holiday season wrapped up in one book.
John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle each wrote a short story about one Christmas Eve. I have to say that John Green's story was great. As always his characters were realistic and a bit edgy. The story had a little more mush than I'm used in his writing, but it fit the overall feel of the book. Plus sometimes a little romance is just what is needed on these chilly winter nights.
Maureen Johnson starts off the novel with her short story. While at times I had a hard time believing everything was true, I was still invested in the story and the characters. It was a great way to start off the novel because it truly felt like I was reading a Holiday romance...just not one that I may have expected in YA literature.
The final story by Lauren Myracle was my least favorite. I had a hard time with the main character. I though she was selfish, self-absorbed and just not a very nice person. I understand the story was more about her growing as a person, but I never really ended up liking her.
The best thing about this book is that all the stories are connected in multiple ways. It's not just one place or character that overlap, there are multiple characters and scenarios that are repeated in a new light in each story. I'm not sure how these three authors worked it out, but it was genius! I only wish there were more books like this out there.