Title: A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle
Author: John Green
In: Let it Snow (John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Christmas, Easy reading, Romance
Publisher: Penguin UK
5th sentence, 74th page: We were just standing there, and her eyes were so interesting.
The story begins with a boy, Tobin, and his friends, the Duke (a tomboyish girl whose real name is Angie), and JP, who are watching movies at Tobin’s home while his parents are out of town. They are lured to the local Waffle House by a phone call from their friend Keun, who tells them that a group of cheerleaders has entered the store and are practicing their routines, as well as requesting to play Twister. Thinking that traveling to the restaurant with the game would be a waste of time, Duke is initially reluctant to go but is persuaded by Tobin, who tells her that there will be hashbrowns. On the way to the Waffle House, the trio’s car crashes into a snow bank close to the restaurant, losing a tire.
Some boys will do anything to get with a cheerleader. Even if it means driving through the worst snow storm in years, and then realising that when you get to the door, you have no chance in hell. Not that I understand what the male obsession with cheerleaders is, but it’s used as a great and cheerful plot point in this fantastic short story. But, it’s not about the cheerleaders and one of them suddenly falling for the geeky boy (I don’t think this is ever realistic, do you?), but about two friends realising that they mean more to each other.
It’s obvious from pretty early on that the only girl in the trio likes one of the boys, and it’s sweet when they finally both acknowledge their feelings for one another. As my very first John Green story, I really enjoyed how he tackled a pretty big question that many of us face. Should we take being best friends to something more? Is it worth the risk?