Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Cannonball Read III - Osaka Slide: #1 - Let It Snow; by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
It's time to start The Cannonball Read 3, lit freaks! How do you know when it's time? It's simple: when you see Vin Diesel up on your screen, you know it's time for another CR3 review! Whether it will be this static image of Vin or different images of different roles he's played, I do not know. (But I do welcome input.) Anyhow, let's get things started off nice and easy with some Holiday Romance!
Teen literature is a genre that I should have practically overgrown by about a good eleven years (eight years in the literal sense). Yet somehow when I found An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, it connected to the younger me instantaneously. His stories of teenage boys fixated on quirky girls for some reason or another, along with the 4-ish star reviews for each of his books made me more interested in reading his works, seeing as I was one of those boys and he must have been too. I came into reading Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances with expectations that I would love the Green story but not care for the Johnson and Myracle story. What I left with was exceeded expectations, and only in the best way.
The basic premise of Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances is a simple one: three stories of teens in love at Christmas in the same North Carolina town. Three different authors use the same character set/setting, and as each story progresses, we're introduced/re-introduced to characters that will become part of each story. Some characters are mentioned off hand, some interact with other protagonists, and others are just a constant part of the background moving the plot along. Basically, this plays like an American version of Love Actually that takes place during the course of one evening. (Except in this case, it works beautifully. Take THAT "Valentine's Day"!)