Author: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Mira McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 10/14/14
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 (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling 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 this season to stay indoors and fall in love.
I love the idea of Christmas. I loathe the shopping part, but the rest? Well, there’s something so inherently magical and nostalgic about the whole thing. And I love books. So put them together and you have this amazing little anthology by twelve fantastic young adult authors that is just a joy to read.
All of the stories are completely different, and focused around a holiday (not necessarily Christmas) where there is a challenge for the main character resulting in a romantic ending. Some of the standouts are Midnights by Rainbow Rowell, Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena, It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins and Welcome to Christmas, California by Kiersten White. That one was my favorite, and actually made me teary. All of the short stories will leave you laughing, teary-eyed, and in one case, completely befuddled. (Krampuslaf by Holly Black. Dark, odd and completely in character for that author. Somehow it fits nicely in this anthology.)
The stories completely embodied the spirit of the holidays, while keeping in tune with the author’s style and genre. That was the best part for me. That the stories and styles were so different, yet all served a common purpose. My only complaint about the entire book, was that I didn't want any of the stories to end. It left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling that made me want to curl up with a mug of hot cocoa by my lit Christmas Tree. Definitely do not let this Christmas pass missing this.
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