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Title: My True Love Gave to Me
Author(s): Stephanie Perkins (Editor), Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link , Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, & Kiersten White
Genre: YA, Short Stories, Holiday, Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 321
Published: October 14th, 2014
“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 enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.”
As you can see, this novel is a series of short stories, therefore this review won’t be structured like my usual ones. Instead, I’ll be rating each short story individually with a mini description of what I disliked/liked about each one! Here we go:
- Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: 5/5 stars — Rowell’s short story was one of my favorites and it was such a great start to this novel as a whole. As always, the writing was beautiful and the way she created the characters so well in such few pages was well done.
- The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link: 3.5/5 stars — I can’t remember much about this one, but perhaps that’s because it wasn’t that intriguing? I know the writing wasn’t that bad, but I think the concept of the whole story wasn’t able to “grip” me like Rowell’s.
- Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena: 4.5/5 stars — I recall this one being actually kind of funny. There wasn’t really an exact conflict, but Pena did represent the two main characters enough so I could relate and continue reading. The fact that there wasn’t a conflict really wasn’t that bad though, especially after reading Link’s — Pena’s was almost refreshing.
- Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han: 4/5 stars — The only reason I remember this one is because the characters were elves, lol. I thought this was funny, but also a little weird just because as you read, you learn that the narrator isn’t an elf, but the rest of her community is. Han has a unique way of engaging the reader (or at least, me) and I appreciated that.
- It’s A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins: 5/5 stars — Ahhhh, this one was soooooo cuttteeeee!!! Perkin’s, along with Rowell’s, definitely cut it close to being my favorites!! The female and male main characters were so FREAKIN’ ADORABLE AND I SHIP THEM SO BADLY!!! I definitely need to read more of Perkins because her short story was amazing.
- Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan: 4.5/5 stars — There wasn’t anything majorly wrong with this short story — matter of fact, Levithan had the most DIFFERENT short story. I loved that his didn’t focus on a male and female couple, but rather two males. His story was a little weird, but all together it was simple yet meaningful.
- Krampuslauf by Holly Black: 3.5/5 stars — Holly Black is such a strange and unusual author, lol. Her story wasn’t that bad, but I found it a little…mysterious? I must admit, in the beginning I was a little afraid, but as I kept reading it started to become more interesting. Now the ending is the most weird thing I’ve ever read, but it is worth the read.
- What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman: 4.5/5 stars — Another close favorite! Although I did not rate it 5 stars, Forman’s was really great. She gets really in depth with her characters in such a few pages and I love how she points out the two main characters differences, but also how not-so-different they actually are. Also, who puts CHEESE on PIE???? (book reference) OH, and INTERRACIAL COUPLE!!!
- Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire: 3.65/5 stars — The concept of this short story was a little unoriginal in my opinion, but it was a good read. It’s basically “bad boy trying to be good falls in love with Jesus-loving girl”. It wasn’t THAT bad & the ending was pretty heartwarming!
- Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White: 4/5 stars — This one made me SO hungry!! White’s is another different one in comparison to the other author’s because there isn’t really a ‘boy falls in love with girl (or vice versa)” or “we are already in love” aspect. Instead you learn and are engaged in a family’s relationship and I thought that was very thoughtful and a reminder that Christmas doesn’t have to be spent with a significant other!
- Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter: 3.85/5 stars — Again, not a bad one but also not a GREAT one. The first few pages of Carter’s short story was actually really fascinating because Carter was one of the only few that didn’t instantly start with the “love” topic. Also, the way in which “love” was presented was pretty cool, along with the ending.
- The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: 3.5/5 stars — I must admit, when I read this short story I found myself skipping maybe the first few pages. I couldn’t really relate to the narrator and main character, and honestly I didn’t know what was going on. But I did feel bad just skimming, so I ended up going back and rereading the story. It wasn’t a horrible ending to the entire novel, but I do wish it was a little more arousing.
Overall, My True Love Gave to Me wasn’t even close to being completely un-amusing or uninteresting. Each author had something different to bring to me as a reader, but of course I did love some more than the others. My top 3 would definitely have to be Rowell’s, Perkin’s, and Forman’s, so if you just want to read a few, make sure you read those first! I did find myself skimming a few of the author’s short stories, but as a whole most of them were pretty great. I found so many new authors with this collection of short stories, so that was also a huge positive. I do recommend that you pick this one up during the holiday season even though I did not, or if you are simply in the mood for some good romances.
Oh, and the cover is so cute! I enjoyed matching the short stories with the couples 😉
“I need you to be my person. I need to see you. And hear you. I need you to stay alive. And I need you to stop kissing other people just because they’re standing next to you when the ball drops.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Midnights
Have you read My True Love Gave to Me? Which were your favorites? Let me know!
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