Format: Paper Book – Owned
Buy it Here: Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
I read this for our December 2017 YA book club meeting. It was chosen for being light, fun, and readable– perfect for our holiday party! Every year we do a potluck all together and do a book exchange. We all pick a book we think the others would like and wrap it in brown paper and write vague descriptions on the wrapping, then play games or trade for who gets to take them home. This year I selected “The Bane Chronicles,” by Cassandra Clare (shhh! don’t tell my book club!) I hope whoever gets it will enjoy stumbling through it the way I did earlier this year, when it lifted my spirits during a particularly rough patch.
Speaking of lifting spirits, this book was adorable. I thought these stories were all going to be separate, but I was incredibly pleased to find they’re all interlocked! Like a YA Book Love Actually!
First off, I love the name Jubilee. I don’t know why everyone was so against it, but I think its great. My non-extant offspring should be glad I didn’t name them that. Though it’s likely I would have given any child an easy, gender neutral name like Alex, Dakota, River, or Jamie. Gender boxes be gone! Sorry, got a little off track, just like Jubilee and Jeb’s train! Ha haaaaa. I loved Jubilee and Stuart’s precious romance, though honestly I have no idea why she felt the need to throw her phone into the snow? Girl, just turn the thing off. There’s no need to ruin your electronics. Ah, to be so young that kissing throws you into an irrational frenzy of phone-chucking!
Thoughts on the second story: THANK YOU, THE DUKE, for yelling at you friends about their disgusting misogyny. Seriously. They deserved that and more. The fetishization of cheerleaders is incredibly gross, and the idea that cheerleading is not a sport is insane and insulting. I’d have to look up the stats, but I seem to remember that cheerleading is actually more dangerous than football– literally the most dangerous high school sport. I was pleased the Duke defended them after Jubilee branded them all as Ambers and Madisons. Um– they’re people?
Anyway, I couldn’t believe these crazypantses got into the car and tried to get to the Waffle House. It was just so very delightfully teenage and hopeful of them. I found myself shaking my head fondly instead of yelling at my paperback, which would have been a more normal response from me. I’m also all for the friends realizing they’re in love trope. It’s a trope, and I love it, and I’m not ashamed. Not even a little.
Addie, though, should have a few moments of shame. Maybe even a few more than she had in her story. Her boyfriend, Jeb, is so ridiculously sweet. The deal with these two is that they have different love languages. I know not a lot of teens are into reading about relationships or spent several years as a couple’s therapist (hi, yes, I definitely did), but COME ON. I even appreciated that she broke up with him even when he was ready to forgive her. She needed to do that, and I was actually proud of her.
Also, teacup pigs. Guys. So precious. I myself have a corn snake and a ball python, so I really am not able to judge people for weird pets. I really did like the inclusion of the red wheelbarrow poem and Mayzie the mysterious old lady/angel. The whole final scene left me laughing and shaking my head.
The experience all together was a warm, silly, Christmas flurry. I know I’ll like it even more when I read it again next year!
Objective Hearts: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
Subjective Hearts:♥♥♥♥ 4/5
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