I expected a whole lot more from this and it let me down horribly. It actually even put me under grown so it exceeded my lowest expectations wow. I have to drink some Gingerbread latte because this might have actually murdered my festive spirit.

Public Service Announcement! Unpopular opinion ahead! This is one is very rant-y and all over the place! Read at your own risk!

….Low ratings huh didn’t have one of those in a while….

Rating (as a whole):

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My blurb: A big snowstorm leads to cheerleaders stuck into a Waffle House and 3 stories revolve around that somehow…as exciting as that sounds it’s pretty boring.

I might be a bit of a Grinch when it comes to romance but I’m pretty sure this was just bad. Not even the John Green story could salvage this mess (mostly because that too was so full of all the things I HATED in the other stories too so sorry but no).

The best thing about this book is a teacup pig that shows up in the last story for about 3 paragraphs because 1. I could relate to it’s wish to hide into a teacup after finishing reading this and 2. I too am smol, cute and vastly ignored by humans.

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STORY 1: The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson

Rating: 2 stars

Narrated by Jubilee, this is easily the best story in the whole anthology. It was quirky and fluffy but so so cliche my baked potato brain forgot most of it by the end of the whole thing. But they were the only BEARABLE characters in this whole book. The love story was a bit instalove-y but hey I’ll let it slide I am a merciful lizard.

(Also can I just say that the whole Floobie Village thing was HILARIOUS? I want one actually…can I get one and I’ll just up my rating? I’m not saying I accept bribes but…you know…)

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STORY 2: A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green

Rating: -1 star (welcome to my blog where I can be a rebel and give negative stars)

This was narrated by Tobin and the fact that I had to look that up on Goodreads should tell you a bit about how memorable this character is.

It had the WORST case of manic pixie dream “not like other girls” girl I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT WAS A THING THAT ACTUALLY EXISTED I just thought it’s one of those things adults warn you against like eating candy for breakfast and doing your homework. And yet….NOPE. Imagine all the horror stories about this trope BUT 10 TIMES WORSE. It actually succeed in making me angry and I am usually a peaceful dragon quietly contemplating world domination.

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Said girl is literally called “the Duke” (which I actually thought was funny) BUT SHE INSULTED CHEERLEADERS CONSTANTLY. Please please stop. This wasn’t ok at all. I am glad to see how much John Green has come as a writer but it was still frustrating to read.

I laughed at the banter between the characters though so at least we have that.

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STORY 3: The Patron Saint of Pigs narrated by Addie (author Lauren Myracle)

Rating: 1 star

This was narrated by Addie who is a HORRIBLE person. She is selfish and whiny and I GET that her whole character arc is becoming “a better kinder human being” BUT THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN IN A MOMENT JUST BECAUSE YOU DECIDED TO CHANGE. You think I’m exaggerating but she literally comes to the conclusion that she’s a jerk and decides to not be one anymore and then magical Christmas breeze and it’s over in 2 sentences she’s changed. And then she’s the happiest normal-est person even though she hadn’t lived all her life being a brat.

Also she cheats on her boyfriend and then gets back together with him at the end and that annoys me greatly. Why can’t we just have them forgive each other and stay friends?!

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CAN ANYBODY EXPLAIN TO ME ALL THAT GIRL HATE THAT I JUST READ??

I though I would get some fluffy Christmas romance stories and instead I got buckets of girl hate.

One thing the stories had in common except the world and characters was a hate for cheerleaders that got old so fast. Imagine 6 different people all hating cheerleaders apparently for no reason other then THEY ARE GIRLS.

Let me just quote you some quotes so you can better understand my anger.

Ahem. Low and behold:

“And Brittany didn’t get that you, like, aren’t really a girl.”
“If by that you mean that I dislike celebrity magazines, prefer food to anorexia, refuse to watch TV shows about models, and hate the colour pink, then yes. I am proud to not really be a girl.

-This was written by the one and only John Green AND YES I DIDN’T WANT TO BELIEVE IT EITHER. As someone who has struggled with this CAN WE NOT MAKE JOKES ABOUT EATING DISORDERS?! No girl “prefers anorexia” are we clear?!

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“She was much more like a person then other girl were.”

-For context: this is in regards to a “tomboyish” girl. You’re not a lesser person because you’re feminine…actually sorry my bad you’re a fierce dragon if you like make up and dresses that is the rule.

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” Because she looked nice, she was holding Stuart’s hand and she wasn’t wearing bright red lipstick.”

-And then it proceeds to make a correlation between wearing red lipstick and being a “slut” that cheats on her boyfriend. Yes because me being passionate about putting colours on my face = I am a horrible person.

My advice: go wear your red lipstick, be as feminine as you want and spare yourself the time it takes to read this book to make yourself a nice Christmas cake.

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My feelings summed up in a GIF:

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18272314An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – bring all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

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Similar Books that I recommend you go read instead (and also make yourself a cozy hot cocoa to wash down that awful taste in your mouth after reading this horrible book. trust professor Lupin- chocolate is the answer to your problems):

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Did YOU read this book? What did YOU think of it? Also what are your opinions on girl hate? Please give me some good Christmas books recommendations!

LET ME KNOW.

 

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48 thoughts on “Let It Snow by by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle // Girl Hate and General Snooze-Fest

  1. Oh damn Ioana. I’d read this book back in grade 7 and I’d quite enjoyed it then, but then again, I was ELEVEN then. Seeing all your stuff about girl hate, tut-tut-tut I HATE GIRL HATE IN BOOKS. I’m personally the not into make up and more into food girl, yet in some ways, like watching sobby movies, I’m very feminine. And being either or both is GOOD. Being girly is NOT bad and being boyish is ALSO NOT BAD ITS ALL GOOD WHY DONT PPL GET THIS. Great reviewwww!!!

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    1. Thank youuu ❤!!
      Yeah when I was 11 I pretty much wasn’t reading at all and thought the PJO movies were good sooo. Let’s not talk about that period of our lives shall we 😂.
      GIRL HATE MAKES ME SO MAD. Especially when it has no reason to happen. I’m into make-up and I don’t think my IQ has suffered because I do my eyeliner everyday. You’s a tomboy? Great! You’re girly? Great! You’re a jerk that hates other peole because of your prejudiced ideas of them? NOT GREAT. Can’t we just be nice to each other?!

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  2. Great review!

    I haven’t read this one (and tbh I probably won’t) but just reading your review made me so mad!! Like, just stop with the girl hate, already! And stop using the idea that being a “girly girl” is somehow a bad thing? Why was that ever an idea, ever?!

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    1. Good now you’ve saved yourself some time and you can go bake some cookies and do something productive that won’t murder your neurons. I don’t know who’s idea all the girl hate was but I have to have a very stern talk with them. My eyes rolled so bad when I was reading this book I am concerned for them seriously.

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    1. I’m sticking with my advice of not wasting your time on this book and baking yourself some nice chocolate cookies instead. Watch a calming movie make some hot chocolate because self care is important ❤. But then again maybe you’ll enjoy this better then I did who knows!
      You could always try My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins! It’s also an anthology and focused around Christmas only it’s muuuch better (in my opinion)!

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      1. I’ve heard some mixed reviews (and a lot were bad) so I think I’ll strike that off my TBR for now! Thanks for the recommendation! I haven’t heard of the book but I do have a Stephanie Perkins book on my Christmas list so if I like it I’ll keep this one in mind too!

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  3. Oh no! This sounds really bad, I’m sad you’d to read this. I’ve wanted to read an anthology before the year wraps up and this was on my TBR list for next week but I guess it isn’t going to make it. Loved this rant-y review though ❤ ❤

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  4. I generally stay away from anthologies, and I will not put this one on my TBR. I would probably be mad, too. I do not enjoy reading about girls hating on other girls! It’s as if women can’t stand up for other women if they aren’t extremely alike. And that’s bull.
    Thanks for sharing your ranty review!

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    1. Girls hating other girls for the sole reason that they are “girly” is so annoying! It spreads such a bad message instead of empowering woman. How about we come together and rule the galaxy instead. Thank you for reading my post ❤!

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  5. Sorry to hear this was so disappointing and problematic. I love the premise, too bad it wasn’t handled better. On a positive note I agree that the True Love Gave To Me anthology was good, I read that last year and liked it.

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  6. Oh, it’s so bad you didn’t like this at all! I was planning on reading it for Christmas, but I guess no longer. But I saw it coming with this book, though. I knew it was going to be cheesy and somewhat problematic. I’m dying to read My True Love Gave to Me!!

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  7. Ioanaa, this review was so funny and ranty, I adored it! I’m sad that you didn’t enjoy it, but at least something good came from it – you made negative stars a thing. You’re an absolute queen!

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  8. TBH I read this last year and I don’t really remember anything about it except for the Waffle House and the teacup pig (OMG I want one)?
    I JUST CHECKED AND WHAT THE HECK I GAVE IT 5 STARS BUT I DIDN’T REALLY ENJOY IT TBH I only enjoyed the first story. I didn’t like The Duke because she whines all the time. And yes the GIRL HATE IT’S UNBEARABLE (Addie sucks. The guy (I forgot his name) deserves better.)

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    1. Yeah I mean the teacup pig is definitely the most memorable (omg I want one too we should swap our monster dogs for cute pigs) and it has the most personality.
      Ughhh The Duke was so whiney I couldn’t with her my eyes were rolling so much. I am glad we’re more mature and critical readers though? Yey for us!!

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  9. OMG
    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG THE SALT IN THIS REVIEWWWWWWWW. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I JUST WANT TO EAT THIS REVIEW BUT THEN It’S TOO SALTY SO NO.

    ahhhhhhh this sounds like a horrible book. I mean? WHY DO GIRLS THAT WEAR MAKE UP ALWAYS HAVE TO BE HORRIBLE? like nooooo, be as fucking feminine as you wish to be. And be as masculine as you want. JUST BE THE WHO THE HECK YOU WANT. don’t let anyone define your personality for you.

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    1. I knooowww this review is very concentrated in sodium. Just dropped it all there woooops no regrets.

      IT REALLY IS SO BAD LIKE I WAS FLABBERGASTED?! I DIDN’T BELIEVE IT COULD BE THIS BAD BUT WOW LOOK SURPRISE.
      I wear makeup and I like thinking that I’m nice?? OR AM I WRONG?? I think I’ve been lying to myself and eyeliner made me eviiiiiiiil. AS LONG AS YOU AREN’T AN ASSHOLE YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE WHO YOU ARE! Feminine, masculine, wear lipstick and play football WHY DOES IT HAVE TO MATTER?! If you ARE and asshole yes then please porceed to change your bigoted self kthx but otherwise??? ALSO WHY DO GIRLS HAVE TO HATE ON GIRLS?! We should stand tougher not turn on each other??? I was so disappointed in John Green for writing THAT story and the other authors. UghhHhHHhHh.

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      1. i don’t wear makeup (at least not regularly) and i like to think people who wear make up and people who don’t ARE NICE. And ioana YOU ARE THE NICEst MOST AWESOME PERSON EVERRRRRRR. but like i want to be an evil villan thank you very much. but not RUDE? Like evil, but not nasty or you know an ASSHOLE. GH JOHN GREEN. I really do like Turtles BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE GIRL ON GIRL HATE PLS AND THANKS

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      2. I like to think he evolved much like a pokemon. Like this was written ageees ago (more exactly 2008 thx Google). JOHN GREEN I HOPE YOU GREW UP.
        Oh yes there’s nothing wrong with being the ruler of an evil empire (you do you) but like?? Human garbage persons?? Can they just?? Not?? Be garbage?? Anymore??

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  10. I’ve never read this book, and now I’m so glad I avoided it?? This sounds terrible. Who makes jokes about eating disorders? It’s literally a mental and physical illness. That’s so disgusting. WE NEED MORE POSITIVE FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS INSTEAD OF THIS MUTAL TEAR-DOWN.

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    1. Yeah better stay 100 miles away from it. It’s so bad.
      I sometimes joke about serious stuff (fear of name leads to fear of thing itself as one very wise Dumbledore once said) but?? Don’t put it in a book? That has been edited time and time again AND EVERYTIME THEY THOUGHT IT WAS OK TO LEAVE IN THERE??? Also it pissed me off that the joke was made to show that eating disorders is something stupid silly girls choose to have. Which…no. Nononono no.
      Female friendships are honestly the greatest things and I am so sad there aren’t any more in books!! Tearing each other down leads to nothing.

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  11. I stopped reading anthologies like this a long time ago. It really seems to me that the authors usually aren’t that invested and the stories aren’t that good (even when set in worlds you know and love by the authors). Plus it’s actually quite difficult to write a good short story. A lot of people just end them, like that makes it mysterious. But that’s not an effective short story at all. You have to have some sort of conclusion that you were leading up to, not depict some random events and then cut it off because you used up your word count! Really, a lot of novelists shouldn’t write short stories. That’s what these types of anthologies have taught me.

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  12. Wow that’s some definite girl on girl hate. Like it’s not wrong to be feminine. And this kind of media hurts because then girls will actually feel that way (which I’m pretty sure I used to feel that way when I was in middle school) so yes please throw this in the trash! Also hi I’m new but yes I already love your posts because wow negative 1 star review and then the ability to flail about everything. Just the kind of person I need in my life 😉

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    1. I used to feel that way too!! So it’s clear it’s so hurtful and just perpetuates this kind of thinking in impressionable teens. Because who wouldn’t love to be considered cool and different when they are an insecure middle grader? Books (and tv shows and movies) like this just teel you hey you can be a better person if you just act like a boy be one of the boys and the other girls are inferior. Which IS NOT OK EVER. Ugh just thinking about it makes me want to put on that dreaded red lipstick and become a dragon to kill the patriarchy.

      -1 star reviews are the best especially if it’s well deserved 😂

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      1. Yes exactly!!! Now I’m not afraid to be feminine in my own way. To like all of these feminine things and still be an awesome person! What a concept. Also yes I really want to see more posts because your posts are awesome!

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