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.
So this is what it feels like to be in love with a book...
Best thing for me about this collection? How all the stories overlap slightly. Characters from the first story show up in the second, characters from the second are in the third etc. The authors have put together their heads and created a world that all of their characters could live in, and I loved it! I also loved getting the chance to read stories by Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle for the first time, it definitely will not be the last time! Now onto the individual stories..
Maureen Johnson's, The Jubilee Express starts like a normal day, a girl (Jubilee) waiting at home for her parents to arrive and looking forward to getting to spend the evening with her boyfriend. It quickly steers off course and Jubilee finds herself stuck on a train going nowhere with a group of cheerleaders (she HATES cheerleaders). She makes her way off the train and that's when the adventure really begins...
John Green's, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle also starts like any ordinary winter day. Three friends are enjoying a Bond marathon until they receive a call that they must get down to the Waffle House to partake in the oogling of some cheerleaders. This would just be a typical guys being guys story except one of these three friends happen to be a girl (and she's not in it to oogle any cheerleaders). Their journey through a huge snowstorm to see the cheerleaders ends up stirring up some hidden feelings between two of the friends...
Whenever I think of Lauren Myracle's, The Patron Saint of Pigs, this is the image that will come to mind, you'll have to read the story to find out why! Anyhow, this story centers around Addie who, when in a confused and drunken state makes a mistake and because of it loses her boyfriend. She spends some time feeling bad for herself but is forced to get back to the daily grind at Starbucks. Through a series of events she learns a little something about herself...
So if I had to choose, I'd pick John Green's story as my favorite. But I like to look at it one big story! This is a great book, especially for this time of year! It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! I think it's a great way to get introduced to some of the biggest names in young adult literature!
Purchased by myself
Purchased by myself
I think I'm going to read this tomorrow once I finish The Smart One and the Pretty One. I know I'll be reading it a little past Christmas but why not extend the holiday cheer? :)ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas! I really enjoy short story collections with overlapping characters that pop up in different ways in different stories. Makes it feel like a little world encapsulated in the stories.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas! This one looks great!ReplyDelete
It sounds like a lovely collection of stories. Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
I bought this and thought I would be able to read it before Christmas. I think I'm going to agree with Amee and read it anyway, especially since you gave it such a high rating and because I love John Green's writing (haven't read anything by Johnson or Myracle).
sounds like fun, that pic of the piglets is way cute!!ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas :)
It's a wonderful book - I need to write my review before Christmas is over! :)ReplyDelete
wow! I have heard of all 3 authors :) and in 2009 I m going to buy their older titles for my YA challenge :)ReplyDelete
I LOVE when the stories blend in like that.ReplyDelete
Also, I wanted to stop in and wish you along with your family a Merry Christmas! :)
Sounds like a great book!ReplyDelete
Beth Fehlbaum, author
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This is a wonderful and charming book; I'm so happy you enjoyed it! If you liked this, you'll definitely like Maureen Johnson's other books - I highly recommend The Bermudez Triangle, and Suite Scarlett. Both fabulous!ReplyDelete
This one sounds very cool.ReplyDelete
I loved this one too - warm and fuzzy is exactly right!ReplyDelete
Awww, look at those piglets :DReplyDelete
I loved this book too!
To everyone that read it, I'm glad you enjoyed it too! And to everyone things of reading it I hope you enjoy it!ReplyDelete
And a late Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Just finished this one myself, and I totally agree!ReplyDelete