Brilliant author John Michael Green was born on the 24th of August, 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America. Green is a well-accomplished writer from America, primarily known for his romance novels, but has also ventured in YouTube content creating. A number of Green’s books have also gone on to become successful full-length movies. For more information about the books, check out our article about the best John Green books.
Where Did Green Live at First?
As we mentioned, Green was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to parents Sydney Green and Mike Green. Only a few short weeks upon the great author’s birth, the family decided on relocating to Michigan. This didn’t last as they moved once more to Birmingham, Alabama, and then to Orlando, Florida, again.
Green went to the Indian Springs School on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama, where he graduated in 1995. His superb novel, Looking for Alaska, took his time at Indian Springs School as a major inspiration. Green attended Kenyon College, majoring in English and religious studies. For a time during his youth, Green was oftentimes bullied, which is a common theme in his novels.
Upon graduation, John worked as a student chaplain for a period of five months at Nationwide’s Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Green had ambitions to become an Episcopal priest, however, his time at the hospital sparked an interest in telling the stories of people, in spite of all their pains and sorrows. Green has been awarded the Michael L. Printz Award for his 2006 novel, Looking for Alaska, and an Edgar Award for his 2009 Paper Towns.
How Is Green Doing Now?
Green married Sarah Urist in 2006, and the couple has been going strong for fourteen years, now. They have also had two children, thus far. With all of that mentioned, we can now take a look at our Let it Snow book review. You can find out more about her other work in our article about the best young adult romance book.
Let it Snow Book
This is a beautiful book, to say the least. It is an anthological book, featuring three stories in total, with three different authors, and they are all connected in some curious way. It is most often touted as being Green’s, but it features Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, as well. Let it Snow book was published in the year of 2008.
The three stories in the book are the following bunch:
- The Jubilee Express, Maureen Johnson
- A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, John Green
- The Patron Saint of Pigs, Lauren Myracle
The first of the stories, The Jubilee Express, happens during the Eve of Christmas. Main character Jubilee Dougal is ecstatic and impatient about the Christmas Party she’s going to have at her significant other Noah’s place. Noah, in the eyes of Jubilee, is the perfect guy, but he is also a busy one. Still, Jubilee is willing to make a few compromises here and there just so she can have Noah and so that they can be together.
However, things often go awry on days like this. Jubilee’s parents are collectors of pieces, namely for their Flobbie Santa Village collection, Christmas display. Well, it turns out that they’ve been apprehended by police while trying to acquire the last piece.
On a Train Towards Contentment
Having no other recourse, Jubilee is put on a train so that she can spend the holiday in Florida with her grandparents. The train, as we mentioned about things going awry, doesn’t quite get her to Florida, though. Now, she and all the other passengers, amongst whom are a number of cheerleaders, are trapped during a blizzard in Gracetown.
Jubilee’s made up her mind as she gets off and treads up to a Waffle House. Here she meets a boy named Stuart, though the cheerleaders have followed her here. The only thing that can make this Christmas better is a kiss from a stranger in a strange place, it seems. If you like romantic wintertime, you must take a look at our selection of the best Christmas romance books!
A Love Unspoken
In A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, we follow protagonist Tobin. Tobin, at the present time, is with his best of friends, Angie, often referred to as The Duke, and another friend at Tobin’s home. The trio is watching a movie, a James Bond movie, in fact. Tobin’s parents were coming back home from a trip, but as it turns out, their trip was delayed in light of a blizzard. It seems that they won’t be able to get back home in time.
Having nothing else to do, they continue on enjoying themselves until a phone call sounds. They are told that in their town’s Waffle House, there are fifteen cheerleaders right now. Hearing this, they immediately set off. The journey is more worthy than the end, as Tobin and Angie seem to see each other in a different light.
Pulling Oneself Up
The final story, The Patron Saint of Pigs, follows Addie. Addie is a bit downcast. She and her boyfriend, Jeb, have been going out for ear to the day, yet they’re experiencing quite a bit of issues. They are struggling. Addie’s done something extremely stupid, so she can’t do anything other than ask of Jeb to come meet her at a Starbucks.
Jeb, however, doesn’t come, and Addie concludes that it seems to be all over. A day after Christmas, Addie is going to work at her Starbucks, as she has decided to make a few changes to her life. She wants a teacup big and to discover who she actually is.
All three of the stories are just adorable, absorbing, and downright beautiful. They are very much worth the read, and it’s no surprise why we chose this book for our book review. You can also read more from John Green in our review of the best romance books.
The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and Looking for Alaska are a few brilliant novels from Green’s that are sure to make one cry and laugh. Sometimes both at the same time.