My True Love Gave to Me, Twelve Holiday Stories

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If anyone else isn’t quite ready to be done with Christmas, or this holiday season for that matter, this is the book for you. Edited by Stephanie Perkins (author of Anna and the French Kiss, and others), My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of holiday short stories from several prominent authors such as Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Jenny Han and Gayle Foreman. This collection has stories for more than one type of reader, although many stories are cute little romances, a few of them have more of a fantasy element, which is cool. Variety is neat.

I have to say I really was impressed with this book. I wanted a fun holiday read and that is exactly what I got. It was perfect, I was so impressed with a lot of the stories and it was a quick read. Because there are twelve stories I won’t go into all of them but I do want to talk about a few of my personal favorites.

The Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter – This is a cute story about Lydia who helps out another girl, Hulda, by switching plane tickets because Hulda does not love the boy she is going to see in Oklahoma. When Lydia gets to Oklahoma she is greeted by an entire family awaiting the arrival of Icelandic foreign exchange student, Hulda. Lydia isn’t sure she can keep up her charade but she loves this family and as it turns out, the boy Hulda left behind. She finds her place by running from her problems, which is often not a solution.

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Foreman – This story is about a big city girl trying to find her place in a small, midwestern college. Sophie feels lost until, while attending a Christmas concert, she meets Russell. He takes her to go get pie and she finds a way to celebrate Hanukkah after all. It’s adorable and Gayle Foreman is an amazing author.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins – My goodness, this story is adorable. Everyday for almost a month, Marigold has been going over to the tree farm across the street. But, she hasn’t been going for the normal reason a person would visit a tree farm, she’s is going for the boy who works there, or more specifically, his voice. As an aspiring  animator, Marigold wants to make the perfect film for her mother and she wants North’s voice in it. But being as shy as she is, she has to jump through quite a few hoops to get to it.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell – There is a reason I saved this one for last, and that is because it is my absolute favorite. This came as a surprise to me because it is no secret that I was not a fan of Eleanor and Park, like not even a little bit. This one is different, Midnights is about two unlikely friends and all the new year’s eves that they have spent together as friends. The characters were brilliant. I loved Noel so much, he is such a giant nerd but at the same time kind of cool and confident. This story also addresses the kind of awkwardness that happens when everyone comes back from college  for break and don’t really know how to feel about it, it’s nice. I think this short story converted me and now I need to read her other stuff, she converted me in 22 pages. That is talent.

It’s super hard to write little bits about short stories because short stories are little bits, but I did my best. I will honestly give this book five stars because I still feel the Christmas Spirit and there was not a single story I did not like.

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