My True Love Gave to Me:  Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins is the PERFECT holiday anthology by some of today’s most popular YA authors.  We take a deeper look into this compilation after the jump.

From the book flap:

 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.

Overall: One of my new things in 2015 are holiday anthologies.  I enjoy getting a little nugget of a story from a new or favorite author, while also experiencing some holiday cheer in the process. It’s as close to multi-tasking as I get with reading.

This romantic holiday anthology has a little bit for everyone who is either celebrating and/or avoiding the holidays.  It provides the same level of harmless comfort as turning on the ABC Family channel during its 25 Days of Christmas.  The sweet, sentimental stories revolving around love, hope, and expectation will leave you feeling lighter and hoping for a Holiday miracle.

In the essence of time, I will provide a listing and a short synopsis of each story.  The titles indicated with asterisk are my favorite and include my favorite quote from the story.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell:  One Day meets When Harry Met Sally meets a basement party (and food allergies), but told in a charmingly sweet way that could only be Rainbow Rowell.
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link:  This story was read by the same narrator as The Scorpio Races, which lulled me into the happiest of places, however, it was really filled with magical ghosts and kissing cousins. Merry Christmas!
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña:  A story that surprises, saddens and then uplifts you.
Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han:  A parable about the sheer will required to make your own wishes come true.  It had me smiling all the way through.  Favorite quote (that makes this a total Jenny Han story with her signature all over it):  “Papa loves Wham.”
It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins:  An Asheville hoarders Christmas turns hopeful.  Favorite quote:  :A fantasy flashed through her mind in which he dictated an endless list of juicy sounding words: innocuous, sousaphone, crepuscular.”
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan:  A Christmas story where your efforts aren’t enough for some, just enough for others and just perfect for you.  Favorite quote:  “Lana’s demenor is more claws out than claws on.  She is only twelve and I am scared of her.”
Krampuslauf by Holly Black:  It wouldn’t be a Holly Black Christmas without a little darkness mixed in with holiday cheer.  A super-precious (ala Accident Season) holiday party changes gear mid-way through the holiday cheer.
* What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman:  A story about letting your guard down and taking life in as a participant, not a spectator.  Favorite quote:  “Ugh, the Ned Flanders of it all.”
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire:  A country Christmas that begins with a Church burning and doesn’t progress in the way you’d think when introduced like that.
*Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White:  A very clever and magical Christmas tale with a wink to Miracle on 34th Street and nod to Twilight.  Favorite quote:  “The door opens with a rusted jingle and an anamatronic Santa insults my moral virtue three times: ho ho ho.”
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter:  A foreign exchange student switches plane tickets with a headstrong girl. Antics ensue.  Favorite quote:  “I looked back at the house full of strangers and questions and gravy, then I looked at the wide open sky…”
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: A wonderfully dark and weird tale that only Laini Taylor could weave into a Christmas story.

Judge a Book by its Cover:  The American cover of MTLGTM is perfectly festive and generically adorable. But what originally caught my eye was the UK version, which comes with either a blue cover with pink pages or vice versa.

My True Love Gave to Me UK EditionUK Edition

Me Talk Pretty:

Audiobook Narration: Each story was voiced by a different narrator, who was perfectly chosen to accompany their story.  I would say that the audiobook adds just the right touch and is possibly better than the experience of just reading the book.  I highly recommend this format, if you can find it.

You can get your copy of My True Love Gave to Me in time for the holidays here.

~Carmen

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