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Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

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Title & Author: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White

Genre: Young Adult – Short Stories, Holiday-Themed

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Series: Short Story Collection

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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.”

Better Late Than Never

So, I realize this is a late book review for My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, but I don’t care. The reason I don’t care is because you need to read this collection of short stories regardless of the time of year.

They’re that amazing. And that’s coming from someone who gives SUPER side-eye to short stories. (Seriously, don’t tease me like that, authors!)

But, the author combo was a huge draw. I mean, Rainbow Rowell, Holly Black, Jenny Han AND David Levithan?!?! Take my money, please!!

I’m being sincere when I say that although all these short stories incorporate the holidays in some way, they could certainly be enjoyed any time of year. The one thing they all have in common is that there is romance. Pure unadulterated warm gushy feelings will be had and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

PLUS: Although most of these stories are contemporary, Holly Black and Laini Taylor add in some fantasy flair. It will probably not surprise you that Holly Black’s was my favorite short story.

It’s titled “Krampuslauf,” and it involves people dressing up as devlish creatures that are like an anti-Santa. Holly Black just WOULD write something like that, wouldn’t she?!

I was just amazed at how complete each story was and how much fun I had reading them.

And, in case you were wondering, the book is 321 pages long, so you’re not getting jipped or anything, content-wise (another fear of mine with short story collections).

BONUS: Do you see the cute people skating on the cover? UM, I’m pretty sure the couples are dressed like the couples from the story. AMAZING!!!


Considering the quality of the writing and the epicness of the authors, I’d seriously consider buying this book regardless of the season. It’s filled with heart-warming stories that gave me so much joy. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories is a book to love and re-read over and over.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Beth

    I agree! I loved 3/4 of these stories, and four of those made me MAD that they weren’t a book. I finished the story and then went looking for, you know, the rest of it. I wanted to hold onto those characters a bit longer- and it’s fantastic when a short story can give you complete characters like that.

  • Classy_Girl

    I read this last year right before Christmas and I plan on doing it again this year. I loved every story. And I hadn’t noticed that the couples from the stories are the couples on the cover! Doh!