Edited by: Stephanie Perkins
Info: St. Martin's Press, copyright 2014, 336 pages
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.
I'm not a huge fan of holiday stories. And for the most part, I'm not a huge fan of short stories. Both of those together didn't seem overly exciting to me. But then I saw Stephanie Perkin's name attached. And that Rainbow Rowell was involved. So I decided to keep an open mind and give it a whirl (which is not entirely true...it was also a book club selection, so assigned reading of sorts. It was going to have to be read whether or not I stayed open minded :)
I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't like ALL of the stories, but I enjoyed most. And I decided that reading this right after National Novel Writing Month, was an AMAZING decision. Forget novels. I'm going to try my hand at short stories from now on. You get in. You get out. Stories off. Move on with your life.
Most of the stories are Christmas-y in nature, but there's on EXCELLENT New Year's Eve tale (Rainbow Rowell's "Midnights" of course) and a shout out to Hanukkah in Gayle Forman's "What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?" But my favorite was "It's a Yuletide Christmas, Charlie Brown" by known other than the books editor, Stephanie Perkins. It's the story about a tree lot and boxes and two stubborn teens who both looking for a way out of town. I loved it. And that comes at no surprise :)
If you're in the mood for something festive and whimsical, pick up My True Love Gave to Me, a collection of short stories by some extremely gifted authors.