John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
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.
My previous read was a little tough, so I was in the mood for something light and fluffy. Saw this collection on a few other blogs and it seemed perfect! Don’t think you can go wrong with anything including John Green or Maureen Johnson, and I was curious about Lauren Myracle. And I was right! This was exactly the fast, fun read that I needed!
The Jubilee Express, Maureen’s story, starts us off by introducing us to Jubilee, who is about to have the worst Christmas ever. Her parents wind up in jail while waiting in line for a limited edition collectible, so she’s shipped off to stay with her grandparents. Her train is stranded near a small town during the worst blizzard in 50 years. Worst. Christmas. Ever.
Jubilee leaves the train to take refuge in a nearby Waffle House, where she meets Stuart. Stuart offers to take her to his house and, desperate to get away from the gaggle of giggling cheerleaders who’ve overtaken the Waffle House, she agrees. Stuart is a really nice guy, but Jubilee already has a boyfriend. Who doesn’t seem to want to talk to her when she calls to tell him about her horrible adventure. Yep. Worst Christmas ever!
John Green’s A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle is next. Keun is working at the Waffle House and calls his friends Tobin, JP, and the Duke to get there ASAP as the restaurant is filled with cheerleaders! The very cheerleaders that Jubilee was so anxious to get away from. But to a bunch of teenage boys, it’s a cheertastic miracle indeed!
So Tobin and his friends set off in the middle of the blizzard to get to the Waffle House. The Duke loves adventure, so she joins their quest. They need to hurry because the other two workers at The Waffle House also called their friends and only the first group to arrive will be allowed inside. The race is on!
The final story is The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle, featuring Stuart’s friend Addie. Addie broke up with Jeb a week ago, and has regretted it ever since. We met Jeb on the train when Jubilee shared her dinner with him, right before they were stranded, and know that he’s trying to get back to Addie. Too bad she doesn’t know it. There’s a miniature pig involved, which is always a nice touch.
Really enjoyed how the stories were connected and took place in the same place, at the same time. Think that Maureen’s story was my favorite, but I really enjoyed all three!
If you’re looking for a light, fun, fluffy holiday read, I highly recommend this one!
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