My True Love Gave To Me
Published: October 14th, 2014
Genre: Anthologies, Holidays
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.
“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.”
My True Love Gave To Me was a treasure. This book was filled with hits and misses, gems and scraps. I really loved how all the stories weren’t just contemporary and I was able to get some fantasy in as well. This book was the perfect Christmas/Winter read. I was smiling so much while reading this book and enjoyed how light it was. It was a perfect year-end reading to enjoy. One of my issues is I would like it to have been a lot more diverse. There were a few interracial couples and one LGBT but most of them were white. It would have made this more exciting but I did like it a lot. I will discuss what I liked about each story.
1) Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
“I’m not going anywhere, Noel.” “You are,” he said, squeezing her. “And it’s okay. Just…I need you to take me with you.”
My heart was so full and happy. The kiss was so perfect because it was the perfect buildup. Everything about this story left me smiling like a fool. I loved Noel and Mags whole story and I wanted to see a whole book on them. One of my favorites in the book.
2) The Lady and The Fox by Kelly Link
“Perhaps she’s holding on too tightly, but he doesn’t seem to care. He’s holding on just as tightly.”
This was cute but a little confusing. I didn’t get how they fell in love or how she was able to see the man. It was weird and a lot was left to question. That made it a bit awkward to understand.
3) Angels in the Snow by Matt de La Peña
“Because one day he’d be far away from home, sitting on a snow-covered stoop with a girl he might like, laughing, and he’d want to picture how they all used to be.”
I liked that it didn’t end in a relationship. It left more to be desired by doing that. It left a lot of excitement about what could come from it. I also loved that it was interracial.
4) Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Ham
“I hold out my gloved hand, and he drops a piece of paper inside, and then he’s gone. Leaving me to wonder if I imagined the whole thing. Living where I live, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between magic and make-believe.”
This was a story of elves and an Asian girl adopted by Santa. It was unique and heartbreaking. I felt sad after lol. Flynn was adorable. The ending made me want so much more from the story it was unsatisfying as an end.
5) It’s a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
“Until tomorrow, Marigold Moon.” And he kissed her one last time.
This was another favorite. I loved that the main character was Chinese. I was cheesing so hard. It was a cute and funny story. It was very witty and my perfect kind of love story. I would love to see a full story about them again.
6) Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan
“Outside, it may be cold. But I am here, and he is here, and everything I need to know is that I will hold him and he will hold me until I am warm again, until I know I belong.”
The was the funniest one I read and another favorite. It was hilarious from the opening line. This was sad and loving. It was the only LGBT one but it wasn’t as prominent as it could have been. It was cute but I wish it was more of the couple.
7) Krampuslauf by Holly Black
“Maybe it was ok to imagine greater things. Maybe it was all for me, if I wanted it. With dawn of the new year on the horizon, I resolved to exert my will on the world.”
This was a magical fantasy. It was enjoyable but I didn’t really get it.
8) What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman
“And not always getting what you want,” Sophie said. “But sometimes getting what you need,” Russel said.
This was another one of my favorites. This was a beautiful interracial first dates story. I loved the excitement and the unknowns this story held. It was about new things and I just loved it so much.
9) Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire
“She stood on her tiptoes, lifted her chin, and placed a kiss on my lips. It was soft and sweet. My knees went weak. Like, so weak I had to lean on her.”
This was a cute troublemaker good girl troupe. I enjoyed it but it was kind of forgettable. I wouldn’t care to read this as a long novel. But, I do love a guy who goes weak in the knees ugh such swoon-worthy content lol.
10) Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
“And you won’t find Ben and me, sitting on the roof, talking and laughing and planning in our warm, friendly, hopeful census-designated place. But it doesn’t matter anymore if you can’t find my home. I found it for myself.”
This was sooooo adorable. This was 100% another favorite and another interracial. I related to this one the most because the main character was a Latina. She was Mexican and the boy was a white chef. It was so cute and all about food and I love food and Christmas. This made me so happy.
11) Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
“No more running.” Ethan shook his head an stepped closer. ” No more running,” I said, and then he kissed me.”
Ugh, I wish this was an actual book. A pop star needing an out and she finds it in an airport and finds herself posing as an Icelandic girl named Hulda. The boy Ethan was adorable and I loved their romance so much. I wish it was a full book because as one of my favorites I think the romance could’ve really developed and the whole concept.
12) The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
“I will free you, and I will lift you. I will learn a thousand ways to make you laugh. Your smiles will be the honey in my mead, your enchantment my delight.”
This was a fantasy as well and it was amazing and I need a full blow trilogy on this whole concept. I need a plot build up, romance, character building and growth, world-building, and everything. My heart is so full and happy. The ending was amazing and I loved the dual POV and just everything about this. Clearly, it was my number one.
I really enjoyed these anthologies & short stories and thought this collaboration was really unique and interesting. The stories were fun and the authors did fantastic jobs.