"The Jubilee Express" by Maureen Johnson - 3/5 Stars
I liked the story, thought it was cute-ish, but did not like how the main character stereotyped cheerleaders. It was another one of those "I'm not like those girls" type of thing. I really hate when people do that. Just because someone is pretty, wears make up and likes to be perky and do cheers, doesn't make them a bad person or make them less than you. That goes for any person/group who is different from you. Don't be so quick to judge. It was also annoying how the author basically said all cheerleaders are named Amber and Madison. Of course, I know nothing about cheerleaders, so...
I was really cringing throughout the story, because I was expecting her to cheat on her boyfriend; the story just gave that vibe.
Luckily there was no cheating
I liked Stuart as a character. He seemed genuinely like a good person.
The whole thing with the Christmas village was different.
I like the writing style and think it would be fun to expand it to a full length novel and really expand on the character developments, and have it not be so instalove.
"A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" by John Green - 1/5 stars.
Did John Green really write this? It was horrible and gross. Are boys really like that about cheerleaders? Anyways, it just made me feel a little disgusted how the girls are being treated/are viewed because they happen to be cheerleaders. Also saying "that's so gay"... ugh, and it was used more than once. I also did not appreciate the dig at Lindsay Lohan. Sure the likelihood, Lindsay will ever read this is slim, but it's a pretty crappy thing to do. She's still a person and the story basically called her a slut. "Legs always open." So John Green lost a little of my respect.
"The Patron Saint of Pigs" by Lauren Myracle - 2.5/5 stars.
The main character was really painful to read. I mean, I guess she learned her lesson in the end, at least I hope so. I didn't really care much for it, but I did like the ending somewhat with everyone coming together.
Other John Green books:
The Fault in Our Stars: (4/5 stars)
Other Maureen Johnson books:
13 Little Blue Envelopes: (3.5/5 stars)
The Last Little Blue Envelope: (3.5/5 stars)
The Bermudez Triangle: (1/5 stars)
Other Lauren Myracle books:
Kissing Kate (3/5 stars)
November 26- December 23
An 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
Review: I loved this book because this is different than most short stories it's all based on this big storm in Gracetown and everyone knows each other it's very cute
the first story the Jubilee express : is about a girl name Jubilee who's parents have been arrested for this flobie problem so she is on a train she's trying to talk to her boyfriend who is a total dick then the train crashes and she crosses the train to a waffle house she meets some interesting characters along the line cheerleaders and a guy name Jeb then Julie meets Stewart he works at target and offers to bring him to his house and she agrees . They walk to his house and end up falling into a pond this was such a cute story Julie breaks up with her dick boyfriend then her and Stewart make out he freaks out she tries to leave and he finds her they talk and she kisses him I loved this story .5/5
the second story : Is about Tobin , JP and the Duke with the big storm they decide to make a big trip to the waffle house to see cheerleaders but the Duke isn't to happy cause she's a girl and it's snowing but what she will do for hashbrowns they almost get attacked by the twins Tobin might like the Duke this one was really cute and funny I loved these characters Tobin almost gets frost bite but they finally get to the waffle house yay and Tobin and the duke kiss so cute . 5/5
the last story : Addie is going through a rough time she cheated on her boyfriend Jeb I didn't really like Addie I think Jeb deserved so much better he was so sweet and cute . Addie works at starbucks and her friend is getting a teacup pig and she offers to pick it up but she gets distracted and someone buys it but she finds the owner and gets the pig back. Addie sent an email to Jeb to meet her at the starbucks he told her he'd think about it . I loved the ending cause all the couples are in the starbucks Tobbie and duke , Stewart and Julie and Jeb shows up and he kisses Addie so cute 4/5
I loved this christmas book such a perfect christmas read .
“I always had this idea that you should never give up a happy middle in the hopes of a happy ending, because there is no such thing as a happy ending. Do you know what I mean? There is so much to lose.”
“Christmas is never over,unless you want it to be... Christmas is a state of mind.”
Lady and gentleman, when my parents left Korea with nothing but the clothes on their backs and the considerable wealth they had amassed in the shipping business, they had a dream. They had a dream that one day amid the snowy hilltops of western North Carolina, their son would lose his virginity to a cheerleader in the woman's bathroom of a Waffle House just off the interstate. My parents have sacrificed so much for this dream! And that is why we must journey on, despite all trials and tribulations! Not for me and least of all for the poor cheerleader in question, but for my parents and indeed for all immigrants who came to his great nation in what they themselves could never have: CHEERLEADER SEX.”
We are all flawed, my dear. Every one of us. And believe me, we've all made mistakes. You've just got to take a good hard look at yourself, change what needs to be changed, and move one, pet.”
There is always the risk: something is good and good and good and good, and then all at once it gets awkward. All at once, she sees you looking at her, and then she doesn't want to joke around with you anymore, because she doesn't want to seem flirty, because she doesn't want you to think she likes you. It’s such a disaster, whenever, in the course of human relationships, someone begins to chisel away at the wall of separation between friendship and kissing. Breaking down that wall is the kind of story that might have a happy middle— oh, look, we broke down this wall, I’m going to look at you like a girl and you’re going to look at me like a boy and we’re going to play a fun game called Can I Put My Hand There What About There What About There. And sometimes that happy middle looks so great that you can convince yourself that it’s not the middle but will last forever.”
“Were you playing with Stuart?" she asked.
The question was loaded. I was a filthy, filthy woman, and even the five-year-old knew it.”
I realize Jubilee is a bit of a stripper name. You probably think I have heard the call of the pole.”
“All I'm saying is that if you love someone, you should be willing to show it.”