Snow in Love – Published 2018
“What’s better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story? Four of them, from some of today’s bestselling authors.
From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed.
From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love.
From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents.
From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.
So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love…” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
So, I’m pregnant, and as it turns out, pregnancy is rough for me, to the point where I can’t read without getting nauseous. I did really good in July with it, but once August hit (and so did the nausea), I couldn’t read without feeling ill. Other than when I was pregnant with my daughter (when I went NINE MONTHS without finishing a book), this is the longest I’ve ever gone without reading. It’s super hard for me, because reading is such a huge piece of who I am, but I just haven’t been able to do it. However, Kasie West got me out of my slump, because I just adore her and couldn’t resist. I’m so glad I did. I was able to make it through this book in two short sittings without throwing up…yay!
I LOVE Christmas. I even love winter, which is great, because it’s cold as all get out here in Michigan. Kasie West + Christmas + quick read = recipe for success, in my opinion. All four of the authors in this collection are well known and awesome, and the stories were great for young adults, especially at the middle school level. It was good, clean, reading and really got me in the mood for hot cocoa (read: coffee) and putting up my decorations. But, I’ll wait until after Thanksgiving because my kid thinks our wooden turkey is going to be eaten for dinner on Thursday, and that’s just hilarious.
Kasie West and Nic Stone delivered on their short stories. Were they cheesy and predictable? Absolutely. But is that really any different than the Hallmark Christmas movies so many of us binge around this time of year? Simple, predictable and corny is okay sometimes.
I liked the diversity in these books, as well. The second story includes a Jewish spin on the holidays and the fourth story has a budding romance between two black girls. That’s really refreshing.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
The third story was my least favorite. I hated the ending, and I think I was expected to love it.
Spoiler: They’re all happy endings. I mean, the title is Snow in Love, so I should have seen that coming, but with roughly 70 pages per story, it all seemed a little too “love at first sight” to me.
Overall, I would give story 1 a 4/5, story 2 a 3/5, story 3 a 1/5, and story 4 a 3/5. As a collection, I’ll give it 3 stars. Worth the read for the holidays, but it’s not literary gold.