Published: October 2, 2008 by Speak
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 a collection of 3 very cute stories, but I wouldn't call them 'interconnected'...more like loosely linked together. All of the authors are great in their own right, but their styles are different - something which becomes obvious when their stories are put in one volume. The stories were good, but I think I would have enjoyed them more if I had read them separately instead of one after the other. For this review, I'm kinda breaking it up by section so I can keep everything straight!
Jubilee Express (Maureen Johnson)
- Jubilee's parents - their obsession with the Flobie Santa Village is so quirky-cute, and I loved the Flobie Five part of the story almost as much as Jubliee hated it
- Stuart - I love that he could tell right away that Jubilee's boyfriend wasn't as great as she thought he was, and that he didn't try to take advantage of her.
Cheertastic Christmas Miracle (John Green)
- the Duke's obsession with has browns - It takes quite a love of breakfast food for a girl to accompany a pair of teenage dudes on their quest for cheerleaders' affections.
Patron Saint of Pigs (Lauren Myracle)
- Nathan's wardrobe - It's a dedicated guy that owns an entire wardrobe of shirts plastered with Star Trek quotes.
- Noah - Noah is a jerk. A guy who ignores all your phone calls, especially when he knows you're having a family crisis, because he's too self absorbed is not boyfriend material.
Cheertastic Christmas Miracle
- plot - John Green's style of writing focuses on the characters' relationships with each other more than on any clear plot. It works very well on its own, but in a unique book like this, it killed the flow that Maureen Johnson established in the 1st story, and only loosely tied in with the other stories at the very end.
Patron Saint of Pigs
- Addie - From her opening line I kinda disliked Addie. She's extremely self-absorbed and acts a lot younger than she probably is if she has a job. She's full of excuses and can't own up to her own mistakes.
- "You don't happen to need a tow?" "Not unless you tow trains." He thought that over for a moment. It's always awkward when someone doesn't realize you're joking and devotes thought time to what you've said. Double that when the person is wearing tinfoil. "Too big," he finally replied, shaking his head. "Won't work." - pg. 32 Jubilee + Tinfoil Guy (Jubliee Express)
- "Um, in your opinion, what would be the ideal number of wheels for Carla to currently possess?" I closed my eyes and let my head swivel up, the streetlight bright through my eyelids, the snow on my lips. JP continued, "Because to be totally honest, I think the best possible number of wheels for Carla would be four. And right now there are three wheels physically connected to Carla herself, a nonideal number. Fortunately, the fourth is just a very slight distance away, but unfortunately I am not an expert in wheel reattachment." - pg. 160-161 JP + Tobin (Cheertastic Christmas Miracle)
- "I want you to fly me across the ocean at the prow of an ocean liner! Like the guy in Titanic, remember?" Jeb turned. "The guy who drowned?" "Well, I don't want you to drown, obviously." - pg. 230 Addie + Jeb (Patron Saint of Pigs)
Cute, quirky stories but only loosely related.
Here's the breakdown: Jubilee Express - 4 robots, Cheertastic Christmas Miracle - 3 robots, Patron Saint of Pigs - 2 robots