My True Love Gave to Me: 12 Holiday Stories – compiled by Stephanie Perkins

Synopsis

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.

List of authors: Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White. (Aka: tons of the biggest names in YA right now.)

Review

Some stories were good, some were not.

The best: “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” – Stephanie Perkins, “Midnights” – Rainbow Rowell, “What the hell have you done, Sophie Roth?” – Gayle Forman
The weird: “Krampuslauf” – Holly Black (I simply didn’t GET it), “The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer” – Laini Taylor, “The Lady and the Fox” – Kelly Link

You can probably see a pattern here. I really liked the contemporary ones and felt kind of confused by the somewhat paranormal ones. With Holly Black’s story, I felt like I was missing a ton of context. With Laini Taylor’s story, I felt like such a complex world could not be built in so few pages, making the story suffer. Overall, there was a really eclectic mix of genres and stories. You’d think that this would cover all bases, but it only made me long for more from the stories I liked and slog through the ones that did not suit my tastes.

Related Reading

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Book of Christmas Virtues
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  • Let It Snow – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  • Secret Santa – Sabrina James

Rating: 3/5

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