Snow in Love is a Christmas/holiday short story collection featuring short stories by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, and Kasie West. I was initially excited to read this collection since it featured, Kasie West, one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. Overall, this is a cute short story collection for the winter. However, like other YA short story collection, there are some stories that fare better than others. Here are my opinions on each short story in the collection:
Snow and Mistletoe by Kasie West
Snow and Mistletoe follows Amalie, who is returning home after leaving her semester abroad early. Once her flight is canceled, it appears she has no way home for Christmas. However, Amalie runs into Sawyer, a classmate from high school, who offers her a ride home with his sister and friends.
This is a classic Kasie West story and I would not have minded in Kasie West expanded this story into a full book. This story is cute, albeit predictable, and will make you smile. This is the largest book in the collection (I believe) and it was definitely my favorite out of the bunch. This story was paced well and had a satisfying ending compared to some other stories in this collection. I give this story four out of five stars.
Working in a Winter Wonderland by Aimee Friedman
Working in a Winter Wonderland follows Maxine, a Jewish girl who decides to take the rolf of an elf in a department store to get closer to her crush and earn enough money for a beautiful dress for New Year’s Eve.
This was definitely my least favorite story out of the collection. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary descriptions that I found myself skimming over. Also, the pacing was off which made the ending feel rushed. I also didn’t buy the romance in this one since the love interest switches before the story ends. I think this story tried to do too much in a short amount of time. I give this story two stars out of five stars.
The Magi’s Gifts by Melissa de la Cruz
In the Magi’s Gifts, a high school couple prepares to attend a swanky holiday party. Additionally, they struggle to find the perfect gifts for each other with a limited budget. This story closely follows the original story it is based on, so you can probably guess the rest from there.
After reading a lot of reviews for this story, it seems like most people consider in their least favorite in the collection. For me, I actually enjoyed it although it doesn’t particularly stand out to me. Compared to another holiday story I read by this author, I enjoyed this one far more. I think this story is cute, even though I questioned how much the main character actually liked the love interest for who he was. I give this three out of five stars.
Grounded by Nic Stone
Grounded follows Leigh, who is stuck in an airport in Atlanta after a snowstorm delays her flight. Her mother suggests she meets up with Harper, another girl stuck in the airport. From there, Leigh creates a scavenger hunt for the other girl to complete before they finally meet up.
Like with The Magi’s Gifts, this was another average read in the collection for me. I liked the idea of the scavenger hunt and I thought it paced the story well. However, compared to some of the other stories in the collection, it lacked the holiday feel. Like with The Magi’s Gifts, it was also a quick and easy read. I give this story three out of five stars.
When I look at Snow in Love compared to other holiday collections, I overall enjoyed more of the stories in this collection than others (for example My True Love Gave to Me). I appreciated that this only featured four stories compared to other lengthy collection because it was easy to get through, especially when I encountered a story that wasn’t my favorite. Overall, I give Snow in Love three out of five stars.
Which was your favorite story in this collection?