Holiday Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

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Holiday Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday StoriesTitle: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Author: Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publication date: October 14th 2014
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Holiday, Romance
Length: 321 Pages
Source: My Personal Bookshelf
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons to stay indoors and fall in love.

I was so happy to finally pick up and read this anthology. I think that the holidays is the best time to read short stories and novellas since we are all so busy and rushed. Little bite size pieces are sometimes just what are needed…and when they help one get into the holiday spirit? What could be better!

I had previously only read a few of these authors (Levithan, Rowell, Forman & Black) and loved the chance to test the writing styles of the others before picking up any full length volumes.

Below you’ll find my quick thoughts on each short story.

1 – Midnights by Rainbow Rowell ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this one, but then Rainbow Rowell really can do no wrong, can she? This was a great “coming of age” story that followed the main character through several years and several New Years eve parties. Plus I am a sucker for the friends to more trope!

2 – The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link ⭐⭐⭐

I liked the magic and the folksy feel of this one but I never real “got it” or connected with the characters.

3 – Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was a cute story that sort of took a long time to build and then was over? I don’t know…I enjoyed it but wanted more…

4 – Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han ⭐⭐

This one really disappointed me…I was expecting great things from Han due to all the hype for her books but I really just didn’t get into this story at all. No investment…no connection…

5 – It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one was another big winner. I really felt like I connected immediately to Marigold and I love North (and his name)! Definitely my favorite of the bunch North is totally swoonworthy and I was left with all the warm fuzzies!!

6 – Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan ⭐⭐

So I normally love, love , love Levithan but this one just fell short for me…It just all felt contrived to make a point and there was no real holiday spirit in it for me.

7 – Krampuslauf by Holly Black ⭐⭐

Eh…This one just didn’t do anything for me…

8 – What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

This was a really cute feel good story that also reminds us not to make assumptions. Forman here, succeeded in both making a point and leaving one with a sweet read. I think this may be what Levithan was trying for but didn’t quite manage.

9 – Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire ⭐⭐⭐

A cute story with a hint of romance and a bit of holiday spirit turning a prankster who’s always in trouble around. I enjoyed this one but didn’t fall in love.

10 – Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White ⭐⭐⭐

Another cute short. I loved Ben and his ability to sense the food that would evoke the sensibilities in the patron. Sadly I think I might have enjoyed this more had it come earlier in the anthology.

By this point I was sort of just pushing for the end.

11 – Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter ⭐⭐⭐

Another ok tale that I could have taken or left.

12 – The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I am so glad that the anthology ended with this story. What beautiful and evocative writing!! I will definitely be checking out Taylor’s full length books…this one was so magical and special.

About David Levithan

David Levithan

David Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City and the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including Another Day, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given to honor an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

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