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.
This is such a cute book to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and read on a cold winter day. The review is going to be structured differently then the norm, because it's three short stories within one. Three different authors. Therefore, three mini-reviews.
Overall, this book was just okay for me. Because it was three short stories, it was all very light-hearted. I wish there was more depth and character development to it. But there were great, off the chart adorable moments that made up for it sometimes.
The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson
This story was so cute. Definitely my favorite one of the book. I loved Jubilee, her name, her spunk, her entirely crazy situation. It was all so bizarre yet somehow it worked. I laughed out loud at Maureen's hilarious writing right from the first page. Despite the storyline being totally unbelievable, Maureen has this way of making you believe the unbelievable. And Stuart was just so sweet and adorable and his Mom made me laugh out loud and it was just super duper cute. No deepness what-so-ever, and total fluff. But a good kind of fluff.
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green
You guys all know that John Green is my favorite author ever. But this story just wasn't up to par for me. Again, because he only had like 80 pages to work with, it left out a lot of his usual deepness and added a crazy unbelievable adventure out in a blizzard. But, there were moments that made me laugh and smile and the John Green I knew and loved would come up. He is meant to write novels. Hundreds of pages of brilliance. A short story by him just left something out. I did enjoy his characters and witty remarks. And there was still a great message about how sometimes you don't realize what your looking for is right in front of you the entire time.
The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle
This one just didn't do it for me. Everything about it just felt forced, like Lauren was trying too hard to keep up with Maureen and John. I don't think she should've been the one responsible for wrapping it up and bringing everyone back together. There were some okay moments here, but overall it was just a disappointment.
Overall: This book was cute, but nothing more. If your looking for a fluffy cute winter romance, this could be the perfect book for you. Personally, I feel like if I read it at another point in time I would've liked it better. But after coming off from The Fault in our Stars and Bittersweet, this book didn't have any emotional depth, which is what I need it a book. Nonetheless, it was more enjoyable than not.