"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."
My True Love Gave to Me
like any compilation of short stories, has some hits and some misses. All of them are meet-cutes, some more profound and some more sweet. So I'm going to give each one a brief sentence and a Ho Ho Ho or a No No No.
1) Midnights, by Rainbow Rowell
HO HO HO! Totally predictable, but sweet in getting there.
2) The Lady and the Fox, by Kelly Link
HO HO HO! It's a sendup of Tam Lin. How could I not love it? Just enough sass and story for the length.
3) Angels in the Snow, by Matt de la Pena
NO NO NO! I almost DNF'ed this. Vapid, one-dimensional love interest and all the juicy angsty stuff is left behind in favor of shallow conversation.
4) Polaris is Where You'll Find Me, by Jenny Han
HO HO HO! Tantalizingly open-ended, which I love. Also, reminded me of my own stupid childish crushes when among those I could never be with.
5) It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown, by Stephanie Perkins
HO HO HO! Some really honest, earnest, interesting characters, fun dialogue, and a sweet romance.
6) Your Temporary Santa, by David Levithan
HO HO HO! One liners that made me snort out loud, some deeper contemplations wrapped in a sweet story, and focused less on the meet cute than the meaning of Santa and belief.
7) Krampuslauf, by Holly Black
HO HO HO! Dark and magical, like Holly Black does.
8) What the Hell Have you Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Foreman
HO HO HO! Poignant to my own college experience, fun, and sexycakes.
9) Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus, by Myra McEntire
NO NO NO! Cutesy, implausibly convenient, and saccharine.
10) Welcome to Christmas, CA, by Kiersten White
HO HO HO! Surprisingly touching, and sweet without being 99% focused on the romance alone. Also, everyone needs a Ben in their life.
11) Star of Bethlehem, by Ally Carter
NO NO NO! Totally undeveloped characters with vague threats of a backstory, and instalove. Ick.
12) The Girl who Woke the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor
HO HO HO! Lyrically written, with plenty of magic and, although it wasn't very Christmasy, the kind of enchantment Laini Taylor does best.
Most of these had diversity (which was LOVELY)- see the representation of the couples on the cover! And I was very happy to be introduced to some authors I now want to read much of (namely, David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins, Kelly Link, Kirsten White).
I recommend it to folks who like 1/2 or more of the authors in this collaboration, sweet Christmasy themes, YA, romance, and contemporary and/or magical realism (both are present).