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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories Hardcover – October 14, 2014

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Gr 7 Up—Twelve of the best-loved and best-known young adult authors-Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, and Matt de la Peña among them-have contributed stories to this appealing collection. Most have a Christmas setting, but Hanukkah, the winter solstice, and New Year's Eve are also represented. Most are realistic, but Holly Black, Kelly Link, Jenny Han, and Laini Taylor have contributed tales steeped in fantasy or the supernatural. What all 12 selections have in common is teen romance at its most fragile and meaningful. Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.—Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

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“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.” ―Kirkus (starred review)

“There's no shortage of cozy setups for holiday romance in this captivating collection of short stories…a rare seasonal treat.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Holiday canoodling stories by twelve of the top YA authors? It's a Christmas miracle! This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect a snug evening next to the fire.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.” ―School Library Journal (starred review)

“Stunning and diverse, this holiday anthology is pure magic. This is what all anthologies should aspire to be.” ―RT Book Review, 4.5 stars, "Top Pick"

“This collection of holiday stories reminds readers that while the season can be painful, it's also a time of hope. It's a marvelous collection, certain to earn a treasured spot on many Y.A. shelves.” ―The New York Times Book Review

My True Love Gave to Me is a plummy treat… Its best stories are worth savoring long past the seasonal expiration date and even beyond the teen years.” ―The Washington Post

“Satisfying and just sweet enough, like a good Christmas cookie, this will obviously appeal to those readers who get out the holiday decorations the day after Halloween, and it may even convert a Scrooge or two.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250059305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250059307
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By April VINE VOICE on September 22, 2014
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I am such a sucker for Christmas and holiday themed stories. I guess you can say that I am an easy mark. When I first saw the cover for My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins, I immediately wanted to read it. I had not even seen the star studded list of YA authors. After seeing the twelve authors included, my desire to read the book was cemented. My True Love Gave To Me is a mostly even anthology of short stories, there’s only two that I did not love. The rest though had me wanting a cup of cheer, even though it’s only fall.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
If you want to suck someone into an anthology of holiday short stories, it’s generally a good idea to start the book off with a bang. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell is absolute perfection. If you can picture the quiet awkwardness of Rowell’s written relationships like Levi and Cath and Eleanor and Park parsed down to a mere 22 pages, that’s Midnights. It’s about Mags and Noel, two teenagers who become friends around midnight on New Year’s. Every year, Noel kisses a different girl based upon proximity and every year, Mags finds herself feeling something. Will the two get together within 22 pages? Hint: YES.

The Lady And The Fox by Kelly Link
This story is about a girl named Miranda whose mom is in prison in Thailand. Every Christmas she visits her godmother, Elspeth Honeywell, a former celebrity, and Miranda attends the Honeywell Christmas. She’s very close with Daniel Honeywell, Elspeth’s son, but Daniel just doesn't do it for her. No one does until she sees a mysterious man in the yard on Christmas night in the snow, but only ever on Christmas. His name is Fennick. Essentially this is a bit of a supernatural story and kind of weird. I did not love this short story.
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Format: Hardcover
I thought long and hard about how I would review this book, and I came to the conclusion that I would write a short review for each short story. I also want to let you know that I rated each story individually to come up with an average rating for the book because I thought that was the only fair way to review a compilation book like this. After reading and rating all of the stories, my final rating came out to be 3.833 stars.

Before I get to the individual reviews, I want it to be known that I love the more mature characters in this book. They aren't just teenagers; they are young people who have either finished high school or are in college. I think it's a very good starting place for people who want to read YA but also want to start reading more mature books.

"Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell (Five Stars)
The book opens with an amazing story by one of today's most popular YA author. I thought Rainbow's story about the midnight hour on multiple New Year's Eves was an absolutely adorable story of unrequited love that grows into full-blown love. In just a few pages, Rainbow makes you fall in love with her characters in a way that you understand exactly what they are going through on each New Year's Eve.

"The Lady and the Fox" by Kelly Link (Three Stars)
Up until I read this story, I had never heard of Kelly Link, but she brings a very unique story to the holiday collection. Her story is entertaining and full of emotion, but I felt like something was missing from it when I had finished reading. It started off great, but the ending did not deliver.

"Angels in the Snow" by Matt De La Peña (Four Stars)
"Angels in the Snow" is a wonderful tale about finding comfort in the most unexpected places and people. Mr.
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It's been a long time since I've read a holiday romance, but I'm a big fan of the old Christmas stories. I hadn't realized how much My True Love Gave To Me was a collection of love stories of sorts, but this made it possible for me to approach the stories with a blank slate.

I'd read some YA in the past and have read works by some of the featured authors (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Leviathan, Laini Taylor and Rainbow Rowell) and quite a few were new to me (Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Kiersten White). I loved that this collection introduced me to new authors and took me to very different ideas of holiday stories.

The collection gives us a wide range of holiday stories but the characters are all the age of college students or new graduates. While there's a mix of backgrounds, races, sexual preferences, the people that we read about all share a certain mix of disappointment and wonder. The stories themselves left me remembering the excitement and joy of finding someone that I wanted to stay up all night with, wanted to explore the town with, someone who made things new.

I'm keeping these stories for myself but I might get this book for a college aged niece. It's a good book to share with friends, if your friends enjoy YA and/or love stories.
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Midnights by Rainbow Rowell — 2/5

I've only read one book by this author (Fangirl) and it didn't really end up being a favorite of mine. So starting this story, I wasn't sure what to expect and I must admit that at first I wasn't liking it too much. As the story went on, I did start to slowly get into it more and ended up liking it a bit more. Not the best ever in my opnion but I liked the way that it told the story over the years mainly about Mags and Noel.

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link — 4/5

Kelly Link is a new author to me. I never read any of her books but if they're like this story, then count me in! I liked this more than the previous book because it had paranormal elements and I've always prefered paranormal to contemporary. But anyway, the story was really great. I wasn't totally sure in the beginning, wondering where it would go but it got intriguing very soon and I ended up being quite engrossed in the story and all the mystery that surrounded Fenny. One slightly minor point was the writing style. It wasn't bad or anything but not really my thing either for some reason, though it was sometimes quite beautiful.

Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena — 3/5

This was a likable story. Not amazing but not terrible either. Honestly, I couldn't find anything wrong with it but it wasn't like it stood out either. I've always enjoyed male points of view so I liked the main character. He was also pretty funny and realistic, in my opinion. So in short, I enjoyed this story but I didn't love it.

Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han — 2/5

This story had some potential but meh... I couldn't get into it. I didn't like the main character, Natty. She was a bit immature and I just didn't like her voice.
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