Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Source of my copy: 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. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's 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.
#5: "Your Temporary Santa" by David Levithan
"Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell is the opening story of My True Love Gave To Me, and I'm not too sure if the authors did that purposefully or if they placed their stories in a specific order, but I must say, I thought that her story was a good choice to begin the anthology. Cute and relatable, Rowell's story was like getting a taste of dessert before trying the entrees, the interest it sparked in me making me want more and more of its loveliness by looking to and reading the other stories. I really liked the development of the romance in "Midnights", which was unlike any of the stories in My True Love Gave To Me. It included flashbacks to previous New Year Eve nights when the main characters met and then grew closer, and that evidently long time frame of the story made the romance more real and relatable to me than any of the other romances of the other stories. I'll admit, though, the flashbacks made for an odd pacing that often made me feel as if I was missing a lot of details about the characters' relationship, but that lost feeling was easily overcome as the details slowly came together and the two main characters, the standoffish Mags and the extroverted Noel, were finally brought together in a way that made me go, "Awwwwwww." Rowell's "Midnights" was a sweet story that nicely began the anthology's collection of swoon-worthy love stories.
#3: "Welcome to Christmas, CA" by Kiersten White
Reading Kiersten White's "Welcome to Christmas, CA" in My True Love Gave To Me was a real treat for me because it was my first time reading anything by her. Now, I'm happy to say that I enjoyed her short holiday story, making me want to check out and read her books some time soon. "Welcome to Christmas, CA" was a very uplifting read that was full of love and warmth. I really liked its topical theme of home as it centered around a feisty heroine named Maria who is itching to get away from her small town home. Maria's personal conflict really spoke to me because I felt the same way when I was preparing to go to college and wanting to be someplace new and different, so as I rooted for Maria to understand what home really is--a place where the heart, not the person, resides--I easily got into the story and even felt a sense of relief after finishing it. Also, I can't talk about White's "Welcome to Christmas, CA" without mentioning Maria's love interest Ben. First of all, kudos to him for being an amazing chef. (May I have some cookies specially made for me please, Ben?) Positive, patient, bashful, and kind, Ben was a sweetheart who balanced out Maria's feistiness and stubbornness well. I loved watching the two of them get together and learn from each other. So, overall, what with Maria, her home, her revelation on home, and Ben, I enjoyed reading "Welcome to Christmas, CA" by Kiersten White. Does anybody have any book recommendations for me so I can read more by White? Please let me know!
#2: "What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?" by Gayle Forman
Gayle Forman is another author I haven't read anything by yet even though I've heard great things about her books, so I was glad to find that her "What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?" was anther holiday story in My True Love Gave To Me that I really enjoyed reading. The story made me laugh, smile, swoon, and reflect as I followed the main character Sophie on one of her last nights in her college's rural town before going back home in the big city. I totally sympathized with her as she spoke of how alienated she felt among her college peers and as she berated herself for her decision to go to her college. Her thoughts and feelings of not only missing her family and old friends but also her own self are what I think and feel often when I'm away at school, so I really rooted for her throughout the story in the hopes that she will find some resolve and strength within her as I try to find when I'm feeling lonely. Then, because I felt for Sophie so much, I really liked her love interest Russell. At first, I was apprehensive toward him because he kind of just popped up in the story and was a total stranger to Sophie, but as he proved to be a sincere, friendly, and open-minded guy with wit and charm that matched Sophie's, I warmed up to him and rooted for him and Sophie to be together. Then, when they finally did, it was... **le sigh** ...so swoon-worthy. Hence, finding it funny, relatable, and heartening, I really loved Forman's "What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?" and I hope to read more by her soon. If I Stay, I'll read you the next time I come home, I promise, but does anybody have any other book suggestions? I would love some.