My True Love Gave to Me
by Stephanie Perkins et al.
“He says presents aren't important, but I think they are - not because of how much they cost, but for the opportunity they provide to say I understand you.”
This a reread this year and I ended up listening to the audiobook version. It had a different well cast narrator for each of the stories and I actually enjoyed it more than the first time that I read the whole book. Because there are twelve different authors the writing style and quality varied and it is almost impossible to do an accurate review of the book as a whole.
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: This is a great start to the book. Somehow a whole novel's worth of emotion was packed into thirty pages. I was almost overcome with cuteness. I also like that she wrote about New Year's Eve rather than Christmas.
The Lady and The Fox by Kelly Link: SUPER weird. It read a little like it should be a Halloween story. I am still not sure if I liked it or not. I know that I didn't when I read it the first time but the narrator made a huge difference here.
Angels In The Snow by Matt de la Peña: I really liked this one. It reminded me how much I enjoy Matt de la Peña writing. I also wanted more from this story. I would have liked a whole novel.
Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han: This one was both very adorable and a little sad. I haven't read much by Jenny Han and I think that I am going to have to remedy that. The ending was pretty abrupt.
It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins: Stephanie Perkins does not disappoint. I haven't had a Christmas tree since I was 18 (due to never staying home for Christmas) so I am a sucker for anything having to do with them.
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan: Another one that I liked much more as a audio book than when I read it myself. I didn’t read it with a sense of humor the first time. There is some internal angsty stuff that is typical of Levithan that I am more familiar with now. It still isn’t my favorite.
Krampuslauf by Holly Black: Okay, this reads like the first couple of chapter of a book that I kind of want to finish. What the hell happens after the end. I am intrigued and need answers, dammit.
What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman: This is my own hang-up because I am the city girl who went to university in a tiny little town in South Dakota. It isn’t that big a deal and the amount of condescension and self-pity in this story made me mad. People from small towns can have a sense of humor and their interests may in fact overlap with yours.
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire: My least favorite story by far. So much, WTF. And not in a good way.
Welcome To Christmas, CA by Kiersten White: This one surprised me. I haven’t read any Kiersten White (I know I NEED to) but this one was surprisingly sweet and quirky and I loved it.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter: Maybe Ally Carter’s writing just isn’t for me because this is the second think written by her that I have space read through and then retained absolutely nothing about. Actually, I take that back. I remember stuff I was just not interested in it.
The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer by Laini Taylor: This story takes a hard turn from the others as it does not seem to have any connection at all to the real world. I wish it had not been the last story because I would have been reading more carefully if it hadn’t followed the dud that was Star of Bethleham. Taylor's writing deserved more attention. I am going to read it first next time.
If you are looking to read a holiday story I would highly recommend this oneAll the stories are cute romances (maybe next time some people could be single?) and there was some variance in quality but overall it is well worth the read at this time of year.
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.