Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Shelved: Young adult fiction (contemporary, romance)
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If you had asked me last year what kind of story I wanted to see more of, I’d have said Christmas YA. In my opinion, there just isn’t enough, so when I saw Stephanie Perkins’ announcement that she would be editing a collection of twelve festive YA stories published this year, I couldn’t have been more excited. I pre-ordered a copy and somehow resisted reading straight away. As soon as it turned 1st December, I put up the Christmas tree, bought a festive mug (for festive hot chocolate, obviously) and got stuck in to My True Love Gave to Me.

I loved the collection as a whole, even if I didn’t enjoy every story equally (because that rarely happens with me and short story anthologies), but here’s a little bit about a few of my favourites: I am guilty of following the crowd because the stories by Rainbow Rowell – about the brewing relationship between two friends over four New Year’s Eves – and Stephanie Perkins‘ – about a girl who’s building the courage to ask the boy with a beautiful voice for help (buying a Christmas tree from his family in the process!) – were my favourites. I love really cute contemporary Christmas YA the most, so it’s unsurprising that I enjoyed these two. I loved that both of these stories were about a girl and a boy (a little quirky and comfortably witty) getting to know each other, from two best friends to two strangers. I’d quite happy read full length versions of both!

I hadn’t read anything else by Matt De La Peña before, but I loved Angels in the Snow, a contemporary story about a cat-sitting student and the girl next door. I even enjoyed the fantasy/magical realism stories, in particular Holly Black‘s Krampuslauf, although that might be because I was rooting for the main character and a little bit of revenge… It’s a brilliantly diverse selection, so you’re sure to find one you’ll love.

My True Love Gave to Me is a completely adorable and wonderfully festive collection of Christmas YA for everyone who loves wintertime romance. I’m sure it will become a book I keep coming back to each year – bring on Christmas 2015!

Published: 9th October 2014 (UK) 14th October 2014 (US)
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (UK) St. Martin’s Press (US)
Pages: 320

6 thoughts on “Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

  1. Inspiring!

  2. Awww your review makes me wanna read it even more! ^.^

  3. I read this one with my boyfriend which was really interesting for me. I loved hearing his opinions after we read each sort story. As a book overall I didn’t really enjoy it. I don’t think I like short stories as they either feel boring or rushed overall. Like you though I would like to read more from Matt De La Peña as I really enjoyed his story. We wrote a review together on the different stories though which made me enjoy reading the book a bit more.

  4. I’ve heard so many great thing about this… now I want to read it more!

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