Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I love Christmastime. I love twinkle lights, Christmas carols, the Yule Log, and especially cheesy Christmas movies of the Hallmark variety. I was excited when I found Snow In Love on the new book shelf because it seemed to be the YA book version of a Hallmark movie and it kind of lived up to its promise.
Title: Snow In Love
Authors: Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman & Kasie West
Summary: A collection of four stories about love at the holidays which include: a girl connecting with a cute classmate on a road trip, a Jewish department store elf maybe finding love in the Christmas section of a ritzy downtown store, a high school couple finding the real meaning behind Christmas, and a flirty scavenger hunt through an airport between two old friends that may lead to love.
Review: This book is such a mixed bag! There are aspects of these stories that I thought were awesome. Friedman’s story is one of the few I have found in the YA world that has a main character who celebrates Hanukkah. Also, I loved the fact that Nic Stone wrote a fluffy Christmas story with African American main characters. I have often lamented over the fact that there are so few light and fluffy romances for teen African American readers. Also, two of the stories, for me, were perfect romantic Christmas stories. Kasie West’s Snow and Mistletoe was a fun, flirty story of Amalie, a girl who has run away from her study abroad program in Italy, only to find herself snowed in at an airport hundreds of miles away from home. She runs into her classmate Sawyer and joins his ragtag group of friends on a road trip home. Sawyer and Amalie are adorable and their story is the kind of sweet that is perfect during the holiday season. Also, perfect for my Christmas time reading was Nic Stone’s Grounded about two girls, once very good friends, but now as high school senior have drifted apart. The two are thrown together by bad weather and parents and to pass time decide to take part in a too cute for words scavenger hunt in the Atlanta Airport. The story was just a delightful Christmas romp. However, the other two stories, The Magi’s Gift’s by Melissa de la Cruz and Working in Winter Wonderland by Aimee Friedman, felt a little clunky with the narrative voice that felt more adult than teen. Yet, the collection as a whole is a quick read that is a nice addition to the YA world.
Final rating: 3 out of 5