A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Holiday romance meant to entertain.
You deserve to be in a relationship where both partners are equally important. If your sweetheart doesn't listen, take your feelings into account, compromise or reciprocate, get out because you deserve better. Don't let fear stop you from taking a chance on your heart's desire. It will change things and might not last forever, but you should take every chance at happiness that comes your way. Don't be too self-absorbed or wallow in self-pity. Think about others, take action, and you'll find that you're capable of solving problems on your own.
Positive Role Models
All six main characters in the three main romances are good students, academically driven and serious about college, and aren't big partiers. There's some occasional teen "attitude" toward family, but they get along well and model loving environments. They sometimes show poor judgement that puts them in real danger, but everything works out OK. One character is a Cherokee, two are of Korean ancestry, and another two are Jewish, but none of the stories makes a big deal out of these ethnic and religious differences.
Violence & Scariness
A couple of bullies chase and threaten. Some peril from cars going out of control in the snow and from falling into a frozen creek.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Each of the three couples kiss a few times without detailed description. Making out in the past mentioned. Some of the friends' banter is sexual, with mention of body parts, perceived attractiveness, and levels of masculinity or femininity.
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"Ass," "d--k," "s--t," "crap," and "slut." One story uses "that's so gay" for something negative several times. Lots of sexual banter between friends teasing about the sizes of their "balls" and "boobs."
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Products & Purchases
Waffle House is an important location in all three stories. One story in particular frequently mentions food, clothing, shoe, car, snack, beverage, and tech product brands.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few mentions of holding or having drinks at parties in the past including mention of having a lot of beer shots. No consequences besides regretting certain behavior like kissing someone other than your boyfriend. Teens attempt to bring a keg to a party but the keg gets destroyed on the way.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Let it Snow is a trio of holiday romances that all intersect at various points, and is the basis of a Netflix Original movie of the same name. There are just a few kisses without detailed descriptions. The teens --juniors, and seniors in high school -- are a diverse group of good kids who sometimes exercise poor judgement, but there's a safe resolution to everything. Messages and role models are positive and focus on learning how to navigate romantic relationships, friendships, family, seeing commitments through, and more. Strong language includes "s--t," "ass," and "d--k." There's some teasing, sexual banter between friends about body parts and masculinity or femininity. One group of friends uses "that's so gay" negatively.
Is It Any Good?
Romance fans who enjoy wrapping up in a cozy blanket and losing themselves in a love story will enjoy this refreshing, intersecting trio of teen lives and loves. Fluffy as new-fallen snow and pretty predictable, Let It Snow has believable characters, some heartbreak, and sigh-worthy romance. Each story has its own distinct, realistic voice that teens will relate to, and the unique format adds interest and keeps the pages turning as we learn how the stories all connect.
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