Title: My True Love Gave to Me
Authors: Stephanie Perkins (editor), Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor
On the Shelves: Fiction> Anthologies, Young Adult, Romance
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays (Goodreads 2014)
I, like the rest of the YA reading world, just felt it necessary to pick this book up. It is a Christmas anthology by the biggest YA authors of the last two years, and while I wasn’t necessarily overwhelmed by amasingness, it was certainly enjoyable. I was very weary of this at the same time, because it was immediately one of those hyped up books- and we all know how well I react to over-hyped things….it tends to go negatively. But I’m glad I actually enjoyed this one- what a relief!
As they are short stories I won’t talk about them in much detail, but my favourites were definitely Midnights by Rainbow Rowell, Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han, and It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins- which really surprised me, because I really disliked her “Anna and the French Kiss”- so maybe I’ll give her another shot in the future. My least liked stories were Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena and The Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter- The Holly Black story didn’t even grasp my attention despite being one of the longest stories in the book, and I wasn’t too impressed with the Laini Taylor story either- probably against the very popular opinion with those, but hey ho.
The anthology itself is well put together, with a wide variety exploring characters from a variety of different backgrounds and struggles- which is fantastic. I’d love to see more short story anthologies by YA authors. If you enjoy Christmas stories, give this a shot.