ICYMI Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, a holiday anthology

BlogholidayGIFMy True Love Gave to Me

Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors, edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins.

St. Martin’s Griffin

Originally released: October 14, 2014

Featured authors: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt De La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White.

This book is wonderful for two reasons:

  1. Something for Everyone! The assortment of stories is truly eclectic, with some contemporary tales and some with magical elements. All of the stories will leave the reader with a warm holiday feeling and the urge to cozy up on the couch and read some more.
  2. Perfect holiday gift for teens or adults! The diversity in the book covers many themes — romance, family, winter, Christmas, Chanukah, and more! Bottom line is the feeling of hope each story conveys.

I am usually not drawn to anthologies, but I felt very different about this one. My True Love Gave to Me is the kind of book you can just open, select a random story, and start reading. I read them all out of order, sampling the book like a box of chocolates. None of the stories were disappointing, but my favorites included: The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Peña, and Your Temporary Santa by David Leviathan. If you read these stories first, you’ll have a true understanding of why I describe this book as diverse. Laini’s fantastical story, full of beautifully strange twists and turns, takes place on the Isle of Feathers where men try to lure women to wed by showering them with gifts during the month of December. Matt, on the other hand, tells a sweet contemporary tale of a poor Mexican boy who finds love with an unlikely girl. David’s story includes a gay couple that is trying to keep the belief in Santa alive for a younger sister. Each one is hopeful and full of holiday magic.

Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Praise for My True Love Gave to Me:

“This collection of holiday stories reminds readers that while the season can be painful, it’s also a time of hope.” The New York Times Book Review

“Rich language and careful, efficient character development make the collection an absorbing and sophisticated read, each story surprisingly fresh despite the constraints of a shared theme. It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal.” Kirk’s Reviews, Starred Review

“Holiday stories are often cloying, like pine-scented air freshener, but every entry in this volume proves genuine.” Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row

“This book + a cozy throw + a roaring fire = a perfect holiday afternoon.” Justine Magazine



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