Review: My True Love Gave to Me ed. by Stephanie Perkins


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Editor: Stephanie Perkins
Authors: Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
Genre: Holiday romance
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hours (321 pages)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; Listening Library
Release Date: October 9, 2014
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for fans of: holiday books, short story anthologies, any of the included authors


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.


This is a really sweet collection of holiday romance stories that rounds up several well-known YA authors. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a fantasy tales were included in this anthology when I expected it to be exclusively contemporary. I also appreciated that not every story was about Christmas (although the majority were). As with most anthologies like this, there were some short stories I loved, some that were duds, and most were somewhere in between, but I enjoyed this collection much more than most of the full-length holiday novels I tried to read this year. Below are my individual ratings for each story:

“Midnights” by Rainbow Rowell ☆☆☆☆
“The Lady and the Fox” by Kelly Link ☆☆
“Angels in the Snow” by Matt de la Pena ☆☆☆.5
“Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me” by Jenny Han ☆☆
“It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins ☆☆☆☆
“Your Temporary Santa” by David Levithan ☆☆
“Krampuslauf” by Holly Black ☆☆☆☆.5
“What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?” by Gayle Forman ☆.5
“Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus” by Myra McEntire ☆
“Welcome to Christmas, CA” by Kiersten White ☆☆☆.5
“Star of Bethlehem” by Ally Carter ☆☆☆
“The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor ☆☆☆☆

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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