Title: Let it Snow
Author: John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: October 2, 2008
Content Warnings: incarceration, cheating, slut-shaming, R-slur, using gay as an insult, using girl as an insult.
Representation: Jewish love interest, Native American love interest, Korean American side character
Synopsis*: It’s Christmas Eve and the worst blizzard for fifty years has blanketed Gracetown. But as well as snowflakes, love is in the air – and appearing in the most unexpected ways . . .
Who’d have thought a freezing hike from a stranded train would end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger? Or that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow could lead to romance with an old friend? Or that the path to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks?
Past Grey Reads
Death by cheerleader is not really the way I want to go.
Where do I even begin????
“It’s ridiculous,” I finally said, after I almost fell over as I tried to dodge an imaginary paparazzo. “My parents are in jail. Over a ceramic Santa house.”
“Better than for dealing crack,” he said, falling back in line beside me. “Right? Must be.”
Okay here’s the thing: I really enjoyed the first story in this collection. The Jubilee Express was funny and engaging. I loved Julie and Stuart, I was sold on their chemistry as a couple almost immediately and their banter was incredibly enjoyable. And then you throw in the overly involved mother trying to pimp out Stuart and his adorable 5 year old sister and I was well and truly sold.
In fact, I enjoyed this so much I was very hurt when I watched the movie half way through reading this and saw that they had completely changed this part of the book to the point where Julie and Stuart are basically entirely different characters with only their names being a common denominator between them and their bookselves. But god did this book just go downhill from there.
Once you think a thought, it is extremely difficult to unthink it.
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle was just…. So much of the humour was just not good and punched down. I get that this book was published in 2008 and to be honest that was the main reason I had not read Let it Snow until now.
The Duke was very Not Like Other Girls™ and the word gay was thrown a lot. Like not just every now and then but what actually felt like every fucking chapter. Yes, sure, you can make an argument that teenagers spoke that way during 2008, but like, everyone agrees that was shit time. Every person who was a teenager at this time is deeply embarrassed by the use of gay as a reference for everything negative. I lived through that time, I didn’t need to live through it again. It just doesn’t age well, and for good reason.
To be clear, most of the content warnings I have for this review are for this story alone. And they don’t include the final story either.
Maybe everything wasn’t always about me.
The final story is the Patron Saint of Pigs. This is where I gave up. I did not finish it. I did not even finish the first chapter.
Film Addie annoyed the shit out of me enough as it was. She was just so whiny and I don’t use that word lightly. I try not to use that word to describe characters at all, let alone female ones but god she was irritating and sometimes cruel and I just didn’t really care much for her. I was hoping that Book Addie was better but, from what I read, she may have been even worse and I just didn’t want to put myself through that.
“I can’t believe how not dead we are,”
Something that really bothered me about this book as a whole was it’s attitude towards cheerleaders. It was just a constant juggling act of hating on and sexualising them and I expect that didn’t end with the second story either and y’all I’m tired.
My biggest takeaway from this whole mess??? I paid $12 for disappointment. Why didn’t I read any of the reviews first???? Maybe this is all just my own fault.
I really did not think I was going to say the movie was better after having enjoyed the first story so much and then being a bit disappointed by the movie but here we are.
Save yourself the time and watch the film instead. At least that one has a queer couple in it.
“It’s Starbucks or death, sometimes.”
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Like I said, oh boy.
I’ll be taking a short break in January since it’s my birthday and I want to focus on setting myself up for a great year ahead and that includes job hunting and I know if I’m blogging I’ll use that as an excuse to procrastinate applying for jobs.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to coming back in the new year!
Have you read Let it Snow?
Have you watched the film?
What’s your favourite Christmas read?