An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.
A trio of today's bestselling authors - John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle - bring all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.
Review: this was the perfect book to read at Christmas time, not just because of the storyline but because of the structure! The fact that this was three short stories of about a hundred pages each made this the perfect novel for picking up between Christmas magic & meant that getting to the end of a story before falling asleep on the sofa was not too difficult to manage!
I think the final story by Lauren Myracle was my favourite. It was totally a Christmas carol kind of affair with someone seeing that they need to be a better person and featuring a tea cup pig-what more could you ask for? I liked the fact that the character in this story was nursing a broken heart and had her girlfriends rally round her to help heal that. I also loved that so much of this story was set in Starbucks as I love a good coffee shop in a book. The other thing that made this my favourite of the three was that it kind of wrapped up the fates of the others featured in the previous stories!
The first of the short stories, by Maureen Johnson was definitely the soppiest, it was your typical boy meet girl, boy residues girl, they fall for each other, but this kind of level of predictability is just what you need at this time of year! This one is perfect for all you contemporary fans out there!
I found john green's contribution just totally random, I also found it quote stressful. Three friends are trying to get to the Waffle House but things keep getting in their way & all sorts of mishaps happen in the middle of the night! The ending of this story was awesome though, I found myself cheering & saying aww as it ended, I enjoyed all three of these stories.
I think whether you are a YA/Contemporary fan or not you will enjoy this book and it would definitely work at any time if year. It does, however give you a bit of alternative Christmas during the festive period and is perfect to pick up during this normally busy time. A definite modern classic!