Thu, October 16, 2014

My True Love Gave to Me Review

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories book cover

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories book cover

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Edited by Stephanie Perkins
Publication date: Oct. 14, 2014
St. Martin’s Press, 320 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

There are 12 AWESOME stories in this book, and I wrote down my thoughts as I read…and I didn’t even edit them. Yeah! UNFILTERED REVIEW!

Rainbow Rowell:
Oh sweet Jesus that is some hot stuff. Kicking it off with a bang. If the whole book is this good…gah.

Kelly Link:
I have to Google who this is. A very mysterious story and I don’t get the ending but I like it. I want to know more.

Matt de la Peña:
Sweet. Made me feel thankful, which is a very X-massy thing. Why haven’t I read his books yet? Must remedy this.

Jenny Han:
ELVES! THIS STORY IS ABOUT ELVES! What! Jenny Han, who are you?! Also: Ahhh, the heartbreak begins. There you are, Jenny. It was only a matter of time before this book took a heartache turn…so good, though. Bittersweet! Can this be a Hallmark Channel holiday movie?

Mid-book thought: Can this book please never end?

Stephanie Perkins:
Sooooo her. Love her characters. And their makeouts.

David Levithan:
Ahhh, it reminds me of the uncertainty that comes with being a teenager.

Holly Black:
I should have read this book without knowing who wrote what and then guessed. This felt very Holly Black to me. Strange, but enjoyable.

Gayle Forman:
Finding myself dissatisfied that short stories means so little time with the characters. But I’m enjoying that the writers still get me to latch on to them and CARE so quickly.

Myra McEntire
Another sweet one. I like that she did a boy point-of-view.

Kiersten White:
I’m running out of ways to say these stories are “cute.” Again, I want to know more about these characters!!!

Ally Carter:
I liked the Hollywood stuff. These stories are going too fast!

Laini Taylor:
Again, I wish I’d read this blind. I think I’d know this was her in a heartbeat. Quirky ancient world-building.

OMG WHY IS THIS BOOK OVER I WANT 12 MORE STORIES AT LEAST.

Okay, so good. Read this. The end.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Beth said:

    That’s so funny, I just marked this as “to read” and five minutes later there’s your review of it in my Bloglovin’ feed! I so can’t wait to read this now.

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    Anna Reply:

    Serendipitous!

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  2. Heidi @ YA Bibliophile said:

    Agree! I wanted all the stories to be full books! I’d never read a short story collection cover to cover before but I could not stop with this one!

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    Anna Reply:

    OMG truly I wanted to keep reading it forever. And I have never finished a short story collect either! So that says a lot.

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  3. Kay @ It’s a Book Life said:

    I look forward to reading this. I read about two holiday reads every year and this one is 100% making the cut. I actually just finished Anna and the French Kiss which makes me want to read this even more and I don’t normally read short stories.

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    Anna Reply:

    I don’t normally either but it is SO worth it.

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  4. Rosie // Rosie Reads said:

    I cannot wait to get my hands on this! SO many good authors!!!

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    Anna Reply:

    SO MANY. An a small handful that I hadn’t read before, so definitely piqued my interest to check out more books by them. Love that!

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  5. Morgan @ Gone with the Words said:

    I love holiday stories and movies and episodes but I rarely read anthologies. I’m never sure if I’ll like all the stories, especially if I’ve only read some of the authors before. But this cover is SO cute and I’ve heard nothing but good things! I love your review haha! Makes me want to run out and buy it today 🙂

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  6. Katherine said:

    I’m really excited to pick this book up! Christmas is my favorite holiday, plus some of my favorite authors. It just looks like a great seasonal read.

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  7. Lina said:

    Eeep, this sounds so good! And of course it must be, it’s compiled by Stephanue Perkins!! Especially excited for her story, Rainbow Rowell’s, and Jenny Han’s with the ELVES!!

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  8. We Heart YA said:

    Haha, so fun to read your comments “live.” We just got this in the mail and can’t wait to read it! (Although we probably *will* have to wait, since we have some more pressing items on the TBR list… Shucks!)

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  9. Jamie said:

    So I’ve only read Rainbow’s (LOVED!!) and Kelly Link’s so I didn’t look at those BUT I’m so happy you didn’t really understand the KL one either. Like I WANT this to be a whole story so maybe I can know. Like it intrigued me but it ended and I was like I DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

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  10. Jennifer from YA Book Nerd said:

    So looking forward to reading this one, hoping to get to it over the weekend

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  11. Georgie @ What She Reads said:

    I received this book last week, I have the UK cover and both covers are to die for. I cannot wait to get my head stuck in it. I’m thinking a great read for the Christmas holidays :-).

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