I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Macmillan on 2014-10-14
Genres: Holidays & Celebrations, Love & Romance, Short Stories, Young Adult
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 (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, 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.
There is just something about anthologies that I love. You know you’re going to get a ton of books that have to do with a particular subject or theme and this has everything to do with the holidays. With all anthologies there are going to be some really great books and some that you just don’t get into and I found both to be true for this one.
I think the first book, Midnights by Rainbow Rowell was fabulously done. I did not want this story to end. And what I found really interesting is that she tells the story in yearly doses. I thought this was brilliant! We get to see New Year’s Eve only and the thoughts of the main character on that evening. It’s a unique way to see her growth without getting too much into the story. A full five years would have made the story so much longer but this way we get just enough so as a reader we can understand what is going on. Really enjoyed the ending in this one. Did not want it to end!
Really, this was a great diverse read. Full of young loves and holiday fun. There’s so many different types of people and even religions!
It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins was another favorite. Somehow in the matter of minutes I was in love with these characters. It’s completely opposite from Rainbow Rowell’s but just as good!
There are so many great authors in this book that it is hard to put down. To be honest, being the horror reader that I am, all of these authors are new to me but I loved being introduced in this way!
Short, fun, brilliant read, and of course GREAT for the holidays!