Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Miracle was the first book that I ever reviewed on my blog back in January 2019 (see my review here), so it makes it incredibly special to review the movie almost four years later. When I heard that Netflix released a movie for the book, I was excited because I was impressed with another young adult book-to-movie adaption, To All the Boys I’ve Love Before. While I don’t consider Let It Snow one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time, it is a cute holiday movie that will please many viewers.
For those unfamiliar with the book, Let It Snow focuses on three short stories about characters in a small town on Christmas Eve. While all of the stories are individual, but connect at the end, the movie takes a different approach where it bounces back and forth between each story line. Even though I hadn’t read this book in quite some time, I still was able to find several very noticeable differences between the book and the movie. While I wasn’t too bothered by these changes and think viewers who haven’t read the book may still find this movie enjoyable, do not expect a very faithful adaption for two of the three original stories if you read the book first.
Personally, I enjoyed the John Green story line adaptation the best. That being said, I think the movie was well-casted and acted by each member of the cast. I think this movie also brought in a good theme with the Jeb story line, which was my least favorite story line in the book. While I enjoyed the cast of the movie, there were several scenes that dragged by slowly for me. The first time I watched this movie, I took several breaks while watching because the pacing slows down. When I watched the movie again with my sister, she felt the same way. When you think the movie has to end soon, there are still forty minutes left.
Overall, Let It Snow is a cute, holiday movie. I think Netflix used core elements of the story that will make the movie enjoyable for readers of the book or people who have not read the book. I give this movie three out of five stars.