Let It Snow, the 2013 collection of short stories by bestselling authors John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson brings this trend into fiction for young adults.
Using the short form, each of the authors in this collection has written a story which occurs on Christmas Eve. Whilst all three stories can be read as standalone pieces and have their own plotlines and characters, what is so interesting is that all stories take place in the same town and the first story in this charming collection sets off an almost chain-reaction which impacts the subsequent two stories.
That the stories are set on Christmas Eve gives this collection another layer of charm. Whilst an argument can of course be made for Christmas Day being the most anticipated day of the festive season, oftentimes, the excitement of the night before Christmas can prove to be even more heightened and in this story, Christmas Eve is significant as a symbol of life-changing and life-affirming moments for the characters.
For me this collection, which can be read separately or as one linked novelette – excellently captures the teenage experience of the festive season. Of course, this is largely due to the fact that the stories come from three of the bestselling young adult novelists in the market, but there is a true sense of ‘real life’ and relatability which is refreshing and yet nostalgic simultaneously. All of the characters are on the cusp of a turning point in their lives, they are playing down their excitement over the impending Christmas Day celebrations and yet each come to recognise that the festivity of the day has a huge influence on their lives. A wonderfully feel-good festive read, this collection highlights the magic and possibility that we can all find in our everyday lives – if only we let it in.