Title: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Edited by: Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 3/5 stars
Date read: 12/14/18
My True Love Gave to me is a collection of shot stories from many different YA authors and they are all holiday themed. The actual average rating when I typed it out on the calculator was 3.2 stars. I really enjoyed most of the stories and here are my ratings and thoughts:
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell- 4.5/5 stars
Really enjoyed this one. It was cute and I liked the characters and writing. I was also really surprised on how much I enjoyed it since Rainbow Rowell's books are not my favorite. This one takes place on New Years Eve over several years.
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link- 1/5 stars
I never heard of this author before and was glad to be reading something from an author that I probably would not pick up if it were not in a short story collection. I was sad that I did not like it at all. The writing style was not for me and I was very bored and confused. I think this one is about a guy who only comes when it is snowing. I skimmed it.
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena- 4.5/5 stars
This is another author I never heard of before but I really enjoyed this short story and will probably pick up some of his other works. This one is about a boy cat sitting a cat during Christmas and plans to spend it alone since he cannot afford to go home for the holidays.
Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han- 3/5 stars
I really enjoyed this short story. It was cute but not my favorite. This one follows a girl who lives in the North Pole. She is not an elf though. It reminded me of the movie Elf a little based on the concept but it is NOTHING like Elf. The only thing that is similar is that the person came to the North Pole when they were a baby and they are a human living among elves.
It's a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins- 5/5 stars
This one is probably my favorite of all the stories. I really liked the writing and the characters. This is a cute Christmas story about a girl who goes out to buy a Christmas tree.
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan- 3/5 stars
I do not remember much about this one at all other than it was enjoyable but not the best. I do remember it has to do with a guy pretending to be Santa.
Krampuslauf by Holly Black - 2/5 stars
I sadly did not like this one that much. I really enjoyed the Holly Black books I read in the past but this short story is probably not for me. I was just very confused on what was going on and did not care much about the story.
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman- 3/5 stars
This was a fun read. I liked the writing which was expected since I enjoyed Gayle Forman's other works. It was enjoyable but not that memorable. It follows a girl name Sophie Roth who meets this guy at college I think. Do not remember much about it.
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire-2/5 stars
I did not like this one that much but it was not the worst. It is about a play at a church. I also never heard of this author before and am glad I read this short story since I would never would of picked up her works if it were not in this collection.
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White- 5/5 stars
My fist read by Kiersten White and I loved it so much. It was such a surprise read and I am so excited to pick up her other books now. It is about a Christmas Diner.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter- 3.5 stars
I never read anything by Ally Carter before but I have heard of her books and this was also a surprising read. It was very enjoyable and I will probably try her other books. This one is about a girl who changes plane tickets with this girl she meets at the airport.
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor- 2/5 stars
I wanted to love it but I was just so bored and not really into it. I will say though I did enjoy her book Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This one was not for me and I remember nothing about it.
Overall I did enjoy most of the short stories and am glad that I finally read it! If you love the holidays I would highly recommend that you pick this one up.
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