My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Read: September 24 - October 4, 2014
Published: October 14, 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
Source: NetGalley (Thank you, St. Martin's)
Category: YA, holiday, seasonal, short stories,
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Authors: Rainbow Rowell, Kelly Link, Matt De La Peña, Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, David Levitham, Gayle Forman, Holly Black, Myrna McEntire, Kiersten White, Ally Carter, Laini Taylor
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.
I have been in an incredible book slump recently. It got to the point where I started to panic: WOULD I EVER FINISH A BOOK AGAIN?!??? Yes, I'm prone to the dramatics some times. Before I started My True Love Gave To Me, I would have told you that I'm not a fan of books made up of story collections. Despite my misguided beliefs, I picked this up anyway, hoping that reading each of the short tales would give me a sense of accomplishment. After reading - and savoring - each one of these, I honestly have no idea why short stories weren't always one of my favorite things.
These twelve holiday tales, by twelve YA authors, were perfect for dragging me out of my book slump. Each one I read was another delicious flavor, and I could not wait to taste them all. Speaking of tasting, I'm pretty sure you could eat your way through this book. Lots of falling in love happened over shared food. Adding to the yumminess, this collection contains a lovely and broad mix of stories and characters. Male and female narrators, a diversity of religion and race, and everything from magic and menorahs to Santa costumes and Christmas towns. And kissing! Lots of sweet kisses and a few bittersweet ones too. But mostly, the happy sigh kind of kissing.
You really get to know a person when you spend a holiday with them. It is such a personal, family, emotional time and has the magical ability to bind you to someone just a little bit more than other times of the year. Or at least that's how I felt while reading these stories. After spending time with these characters, it was hard to let many of them go, even though I'd known them for such a short time.
I definitely have a few favorites out of the twelve, including Rainbow Rowell's, Matt De La Peña's, Stephanie Perkins and Kiersten White's contributions. There were stories I would have liked a little more out of. Some I just didn't want to leave. Some were better contained in the short story format than others, and some felt like they could have used something extra, or didn't stand out as well to me. But I found something to enjoy about every one of them, and together they combined into a perfect holiday feast. For that, I wouldn't change a thing.
Love Triangle Factor: Overall none.
Cliffhanger Scale: Short Story Collection