Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. 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.
I bought this book when it came out last year during the Holiday season but it took me almost a year to finally finish reading the three short stories and just to realize that they are somehow connected. Yes, I read the first story way back but I don’t know what happened that I’ve been setting it aside for a long time. Just last week, I feel the need to read the whole book and so I did and it’s such a very nice book that I regret not reading the whole thing the moment I got my hands on it. It’s composed of three short romances titled The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green and The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle set in Gracetown, Virginia on a very snowy Christmas day.
When I finished the book, I also realized that it almost has the same plot with one of my all time favorite movie which is Love Actually. Both are composed of different interconnected stories and both also happened on a Christmas day.
It is a very good book in a sense that it teaches us so much not only about love but life as well. One thing that struck me was when one of the characters explain that Christmas is not only a season but also a state of mind. That whatever trials we are going through does not mean that we cannot have a Merry Christmas. If we just take a moment and appreciate the things that we have instead of being sad of the things that we don’t have or the things that we lost then in that way, we can have a positive outlook on life and love. Each of us is going through different trials and made a lot of mistakes but it is okay to forgive especially ourselves and accept that the things that are happening around are not just about us all the time. Don’t be selfish and think that everything is about you because it’s not. You are not the only one in those situations but some people chose to learn from those situations or mistakes instead of dwelling on them. It is fine to grieve for whatever reason but we also need to teach ourselves how to accept that what’s done is done and if you can’t do anything to change it then maybe it’s about time to move forward with life. In that way, you can do so much more not only to yourself but to the people around you. 🙂
🎈Silly girl, it’s not what the universe gives us that matters. It’s what we give to the universe.
🎈 You’ve just got to take a good hard look at yourself, change what needs to be changed, and move on, pet.
🎈 Teacher say, every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.