My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie PerkinsMy True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

byStephanie PerkinsContribution byHolly Black, Ally Carter

Hardcover | October 14, 2014

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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.
STEPHANIE PERKINS has always worked with books-first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of the international bestsellers Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, as well as Isla and the Happily Ever After. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories is her first anthology. ...
Title:My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday StoriesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.49 × 5.76 × 1.22 inShipping dimensions:8.49 × 5.76 × 1.22 inPublished:October 14, 2014Publisher:St. Martin's Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250059305

ISBN - 13:9781250059307


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and Festive Read! I love these kinds of books where multiple authors join to write their own stories but under a common theme, for instance the holidays. In these books you can discover new authors you've never heard of and continue with a previous favourite author. I love all of the holiday stories, they brought me a lot of enjoyment throughout my holidays and I recommend this to anyone for a fun festive read.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Christmas book go-to!!! I always reach for this book during the Christmas season as I have fallen in love! The stories made me feel all kinds of emotions since there is truly a great variety within this book! No two stories are a like!
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A STORY FOR EVERYONE A collection of short stories by great authors that are each so different and unique from the one before. It Makes for a great count down before the holiday season. The stories offer different genres and voices and made me feel as if I traveled to a new location during the twelve days leading to Christmas.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I was hoping for a lot more... Most of these stories were "meh".
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Not all the stories are for me, but it was a very good read!
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved everything about this book!
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Expected Better I'll admit, most of these stories were - at best - skimmed through. Others, I disregarded entirely. I could count on one hand the number of stories I read and actually enjoyed. I was so excited to see one of my favorite authors' name on the cover of this book, but even this short piece fell flat for me. It had such potential, but the ending felt rushed, and lacking the usual oomph of her usual work. The other stories I read and enjoyed were well-written, but overall, this book simply wasn't worth the time and effort to get it here. Will not be picking this up again.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love Holiday Collections I love this book. It's a Hallmark Holiday film kind of book. I do wish some stories were longer though...Perfect winter read.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming As a Christmas fanatic, I absolutely loved these short stories. While one or two are a bit slow, overall this was an excellent purchase and puts me in the Christmas mood anytime I read it.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Great stories to read before Christmas or in the month of December!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Christmas read. I enjoyed this book. I found some stories interesting, and some, boring.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from warmed my heart absolutely beautiful collection my favourite is welcome to christmas, ca
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay..... it was an okay book. I read only the authors i liked and skipped the ones that i didn’t find interesting. overall its an okay book.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My True Love Gave To Me This touches on a few winter holidays not just Christmas, the contemporary stories were my favorites, though there were some other genres in the mix as well. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Collection of short stories. I got this book as a gift during christmas time. This book has a collection of short storries from different authors.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Some of the stories were much better than the others but thats just a fact of life with this kind of collection.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Holiday Read I loved almost every story in this compilation and was introduced to some wonderful new authors. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful holiday romance read! I read this during the Christmas season and I thought it was quite cute. I certainly had my favourites of the 12 stories and there were definitely some I really didn't t like at all. I highly recommend this!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Good I love books like these that half little stories in them. All of them were great, and they'll make you believe in Christmas magic. Perfect for Christmas in July!
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories How is it possible that so many stories from so many amazing authors are in these 320 pages? It will be pure perfection!I really liked this story! It was intriguing and beautiful, but it also was a little confusing..I really enjoyed this book overall!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay some stories were great, some not so much. but i found that it was a great way to discover authors i hadn't read anything by.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Anything Stephanie Perkins writes I will undeniably read. She is a YA god.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great collection of stories! Will get you in the holiday spirit
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth It I personally only enjoyed a handful of the stories including Jenny Han's, Rainbow Rowell's, Stephanie Perkin's and Ally Carter's, The others were just meh to me, and I don't see myself rereading it in the future.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cozy reading This is the perfect book to read to get in the spirit of the holidays. A great collection of authors and a lovely selection of stories.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! What a cute ensemble of short stories! Heartwarming, and the perfect type of book for this time of year!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Christmas! This is probably the best winter holiday book I've read. It would make a fantastic Christmas present! This book has so many of my favourite authors! Some authors I had never even heard of, but all the stories in this anthology are amazing and full of love for the winter holidays!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect holiday anthology This is my favourite YA collection to read by the fire in December to get in the holiday mood. I can't wait to pull it out every year and make an annual tradition out of it. If I had to pick a top story (so hard!) it would have to be Angels in the Snow.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Winter Wonderland of Reads~ This is my first time reading an anthology and it definitely won't be my last! The overall design of this book has captured my heart and some of the stories inside gave me goofy smiles. I won't give each individual story a rating but I will give my thoughts on each one and then give the book an overall cat rating. My True Love Gave to Me is the perfect holiday read! Midnights by Rainbow Rowell This story stole my heart! Rainbow Rowell's ability to give all the warm and fuzzy feelings is incomparable. Midnight was such a charming story. It was uncomplicated and Noah and Mags were simply adorable. I want more! The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link It took me a bit of time to get into this one but I ended up liking it. Miranda was a good girl who's thankful to be surrounded by generous people. The romance was quick and weird but I guess it was one of those inexplicable things? I was surprised by the girl's bravery and the outcome of her action. Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña A very down-to-earth story with my favourite character from this anthology: Olive! This cat knows her looks and stares. I felt sorry for Shy and his situation but cat-sitting Olive may have been his best decision. The cat practically matchmade him with Haley~ Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han This one was so short it felt incomplete to me. I was disappointed. That's all. (See what I mean?) It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins Another favourite story of mine! I felt an urge to run out and buy a Christmas tree after finishing this story. Marigold and North are such great festive names. I love that we got both characters' backstories. It made me like them even more! Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan The more of this story I read, the more confused I became. What started off as a nice gesture sort of turns sour after an exchange of bitter words. I didn't get where the hostility came from and there was no explanations afterwards. Krampuslauf by Holly Black Such an unique and very Holly Black style story! There was an ass (literally) in this story. Certain characters gave me goose bumps but they also made me very satisfied. So weird but I enjoyed it :D What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman This one was kind of a meh for me. I guess the interactions between the two characters were fun but nothing was particularly memorable. Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire A story about second chances I loved the characters in this one. Vaughn is a prankster who doesn't exactly have a pleasant home life. "Shame leads to secrets, and secrets lead to lies, and lies ruin everything." (p. 209). When one of his prank goes awry he ends up in unexpected company and learns to change. The troublemaker redeeming himself with the help of the innocent church girl was cute. Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White Yes to food, Christmas and home. Ben's ability to know what food people need makes me happy. The name game was super adorable. I love how Maria sneaks it into their conversations. A touching and eye-tearing story about belonging. Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter This story would make a perfect Hallmark Christmas TV movie. It was cheesy but heartwarming in all the right places. It was a tad bit on the unrealistic side but I love the idea of getting away completely and experiencing things outside your norm. The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor A bizarre but imaginative story. The writing was really beautiful, almost dreamlike which was quite fitting with the story ;) To sum it all up, My True Love Gave to Me gave me all the Christmas feels! I highly recommend reading it during the winter months. And after you're done, try and see if you can match the couples on the cover to the couples in the each story!
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest Gift Ever This book is one of a kind. One of the sweetest, thought provoking and beautiful masterpieces ever created. This book is definitely something you will want to pass down to future generation as a family keepsake for Christmas time.♥♥♥♥
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book!! I bought this the day it came out and I finished so quick
Date published: 2014-11-09

Table of Contents

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

Editorial Reviews

"Rich language and careful, efficient character development make the collection an absorbing and sophisticated read, each story surprisingly fresh despite the constraints of a shared theme. It's that rarest of short story collections: There's not a single lump of coal." -Kirkus (starred review)"There's no shortage of cozy setups for holiday romance in this captivating collection of short stories.a rare seasonal treat." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Holiday canoodling stories by twelve of the top YA authors? It's a Christmas miracle! This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect a snug evening next to the fire." -Booklist (starred review)"Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round." -School Library Journal (starred review)"Stunning and diverse, this holiday anthology is pure magic. This is what all anthologies should aspire to be." -RT Book Review, 4.5 stars, "Top Pick""This collection of holiday stories reminds readers that while the season can be painful, it's also a time of hope. It's a marvelous collection, certain to earn a treasured spot on many Y.A. shelves." -The New York Times Book Review"My True Love Gave to Me is a plummy treat. Its best stories are worth savoring long past the seasonal expiration date and even beyond the teen years." -The Washington Post"Satisfying and just sweet enough, like a good Christmas cookie, this will obviously appeal to those readers who get out the holiday decorations the day after Halloween, and it may even convert a Scrooge or two." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books