Edited By: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: October 14th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
I loved this one! Picking a few to touch on for the review was really hard! After long deliberation and reading and rereading (it’s a rough life somedays…lol) some of them I give you my three favorite short stories from MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME!
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.
ANGELS IN THE SNOW by Matt De La Pena
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love De La Pena’s voice in this. It’s raw, honest and that’s delivered perfectly in the very first line of the story: “I didn’t tell anyone how dire shit had become”. You’d think that maybe this isn’t the way a holiday story should start, but De La Pena reminds up that holidays aren’t always perfection wrapped up all Martha Stewart style from the word go.
The story of Shy who is housesitting for his boss, across the country from his family is amazing. It reminds you that angels come when you least expect them and sometimes in the form of a neighbor with plumbing problems.
MIDNIGHTS by Rainbow Rowell
This is the first story in the book, so it was the first one I read. Somehow even though it’s an anthology and offers me the ability to jump around, I am incapable of such madness.
MIDNIGHTS is a fantastic story told on multiple New Year’s Eve’s over Mags life. Through it we see the birth of a friendship, the kind of friendship Rainbow Rowell is so great at writing – the opposites and even slightly outcast kids.
I loved how Mags over the course of several years, as life changed for her and her best friend Noel, taking them in different directions, they always migrated back to each other and found something more was always there.
KRAMPUSLAUF by Holly Black
Coming in from the fantasy side of things is Holly Black with her magic filled holiday story of heartbreak, revenge, parties and of course mythical creatures that are breathtaking and utterly perfect.
Somehow, no matter how many times Black writes tales of Fairies, Elves and the like each story is still new and fresh and amazing. I adored how we kick things off at the annual Krampuslauf festival where our trio of friends go to back the rich “boyfriend” of Penny into a corner over the fact they knew he was cheating. What better place for revenge than a Krampuslauf festival, even if they town made it about a merry get together focused on charity and not about (as the book says) “…scaring the living shit out of people, running around with torches and whips, screaming in the faces of crying children so they’d be good for goodness sake.”
Black brings the real magic of her story, proving that holiday miracles can happen with you least expect it. You should always be careful what you say because you never know who’s listening and that you just never know who might show up to your holiday party.