Hi everyone and welcome to the first of three posts for the next three days! Counting down to Christmas, Pete and I will be posting our reviews for the three short stories that make up Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson.
Today’s review is for The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson, which follows Jubilee and her dramatic Christmas vacation across America. With her parents suddenly in jail (on Christmas Eve), Jubilee is forced to jump on a train to her grandparents house. But when the train hits a snowdrift in Gracetown and isn’t set to move for over 24 hours, she gets off in hope of warming up at the Waffle House across the interstate. But where can a night with the locals, a man dressed in Tinfoil and 14 cheerleaders take you?
I read this book a year ago now, so it’s interesting to find out if my thoughts are still the same!
To put it simply, this story is fun and easy to read. I sped through it within a matter of hours. But that doesn’t mask the cliche, cheesy plot and characters. Much like with many YA romances, I easily guessed what was going to happen in this book. Did that take the enjoyment out of it? Yes and no. I like surprise, but at the same time this wasn’t completely insta-love. It balanced out pretty well, but it wasn’t perfect overall.
I enjoyed the tweaks in this story. The characters are well developed – having a certain level of complexity but still being memorable. The setting worked, and I was able to picture every part, even without having visited America.
This story was sweet and heart-warming. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes romance and doesn’t mind a little cheese! Also – it’s perfect for this time of year. But bear in mind, it is fun. It’s simple and doesn’t follow a complex plot. It’s not poetic, and it doesn’t leave you contemplating life. But if you want a relaxing evening without too much thought, go for it!
My parents are in jail and they have no way of punishing me were I simply not to go to my grandparents? I’m so annoyed but i’ll still go to my grandparents. I’m at the house of a kind boy who is helping me, I don’t want to leave. But I leave anyway.
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽