Today I'm excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, we are posting our choice of a Winter Book Review. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.
Snow in Love by Claire Ray.
Paperback, 304 pages.
Published December 23, 2008.
Published by HarperTeen.
Source: Borrowed from the library.
Welcome to Alaska
A special welcome to my boyfriend, Jake, the cutest tourist I've ever met
Explore our natural beauties and untouched wilderness.
Jake and I like to hike our great (romantic ) nature trails. . . .
Enjoy our perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions.
Be sure to catch Will Parker doing his snowboarding tricks. He makes all the girls in town melt. (Except for me. Who needs Will when you've got Jake?)
Experience our world-class resorts and spas.
While you're there, find out what's up with that hot girl Jake brought to the lodge this year. She's probably just his cousin or something. Right?
Get ready for a vacation you'll never forget.
This was a really cute winter read. It's a lot like the small teen beach reads that aren't too emotionally investing but are light, fun, flirty, and always turn out all right in the end.
I enjoyed the characters, for the most part. Jessie, the narrator and protagonist was a pretty typical teenage girl who is in a long distance relationship and when he shows up in Alaska with a new girl, she reacts a lot like an average teenage girl would. I really wanted her to be stronger about what happened, but I'm sure I wouldn't have reacted any better than she did! I felt that she was pretty realistic and had her clever and funny moments, as well as a little attitude in her narrative voice, which I really appreciated. She was a little oblivious sometimes though! She also had two great friends to lean on who, although being pretty opposite people from each other, were fun and completed the friendship circle dynamic very well. Will, another friend, is very cute, very flirty, and I really liked him! He definitely provided some relief when I started to get a little tired of the story.
I had a few issues with the story because I have read a fair amount of books like this and it felt like the same storyline as all of those other ones. I did expect this though, so I wasn't too disappointed. I also felt like Jessie was waaaay overly cautious at times and it drove me a little crazy! There were also moments I was literally speaking to the book, saying "No, Jessie! No no no!". So I definitely didn't always agree with what she did! I did have a good giggle or two though, which was really enjoyable.
I have to give it 3 Stars.
Now, as part of the festivities, WinterHaven Books is hosting an international giveaway that will include a copy of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Signed by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn) and a copy of Let it Snow to four lucky winners. Good luck and happy holidays!
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