Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Spirit


Even though it doesn't really look like Christmas outside due to the lack of snow, I shall still make an effort to spread some Christmas spirit. I just finished reading Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Each author wrote a different love story relating to Christmas, and overall it was a pretty good book. A good Christmas read. I think I liked Maureen Johnson's story the best, and Lauren Myracle's the least. But I think my most favorite thing was that all the stories were connected in some way. Kind of like the movie Valentine's Day, and that was the main reason I liked that movie. Because all the characters were connected through something. It's always fun to figure out how they're going to be connected, at least for me.

The first story was Maureen Johnson's story, "Jubilee Express," and it just made me feel happy. It was kind of an unexpected love story, and I'm kind of a sucker for those. Jubilee has what's considered to be "the perfect boyfriend," but on her train ride, and thanks to someone she meets along to way, she starts to see that he's not exactly perfect. Even though the story is a bit predictable, it still gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside. It makes you smile. In a way, it kind of reminds me of the book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. The main character in that, who's name escapes me, falls in love unexpectedly as well. And I don't know why I love those kinds of stories so much, I just do. They're fantastic :)

The second story, "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle," was by John Green, and while I didn't like it as much as the first (I found it a bit more predictable...) it was still a good story, with humorous events, very much in the style of John Green. He created a quirky story that you can't help but smile at in some parts. And I liked the way that Green weaved the first story into his. I thought it was kind of clever, and once I realized how the two connected, it made me smile. A great romantic short story for the holiday.

I found that I didn't enjoy the third story, "Patron Saint of Pigs" by Lauren Myracle, as much, because the main character got on my nerves. She kept complaining and whining about the fact that her boyfriend broke up with her, how she was in love with him, and she didn't know how she could go on living without him. I wanted to tell her to just get over it already. Honestly, at some points, I kind of wanted to slap her. She was acting like one of those high school girls that think they're in love in high school, who also annoy me. I think this was the main reason that I didn't particularly like this story. If I can't stand a main character, that tends to taint my view of the story as a whole. Like Twilight for example. But I won't go off on that subject. On another note, even though it was a bit cheesy, I found that I kind of liked how Myracle combined the first two stories into hers. I liked that they all came together in the end. It left you on a note of Christmas cheer, which was excellent.

Anyway, here's to hoping that the sky will follow the title of the book and Let It Snow. I'd like a white Christmas. And next I will be reading Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, which will be interesting because I don't exactly remember what happened in Leviathan. But hopefully I'll be able to catch on quickly enough. For now, I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

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