Stories by Rainbow Rowell, Kelly Link, Matt de la Pena, Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, David Levithan, Holly Black, Gayle Forman, Myra McEntire, Kiersten White, Ally Carter and Laini Taylor
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Macmillan)
Format: eBook (galley) // 336 pages
Filed under: holiday stories
I know what you're thinking — "how the HECK did you get to read this?!" Believe me, I'm still wondering that myself. A HUGE thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for inviting me to read this even though my request was denied. I am eternally grateful!
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.
For some reason, I was surprised to find magical elements woven into some of the stories (although it doesn't make sense because we're talking about Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, here ...) It was tough for me to read her story (The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer) and Kelly Link's (The Lady and the Fox) because it was fantastical, but I ended up appreciating how both were written.
Each story is pretty short, but there was so much to learn about each character. In terms of culture and ethnicity, there was such a great mixture of everything. It was beautiful :)
If I had to choose a favorite ... I think it'd be "It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown" by Stephanie Perkins. Not only can she write in a way where I fall in love with the boy, but it's just one of those stories where I HAD to find out what happened next.
If you are looking for something to get you into the holiday spirit and enjoy love stories, this book is for you.
This was such a fun read. There's just something about short stories that make me feel like superwoman (Done with the first? ONTO THE NEXT!) and keep me reading.
Will you pick this book up during the holiday season? Is there an author you are particularly looking forward to reading from? If you could compile an anthology, who would be on your top five list of authors?