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

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

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My True Love Gave To Me Serves Up Some Delicious Holiday Cheesiness for the Season

By: Kelley Crawford

Summary: My True Love Gave to Me: Stories is a compilation of short stories written by the heavy hitters in the young adult fiction world. With stories about a girl who believes she’s the adopted daughter of Santa Claus and love stories about first kisses happening at the stroke of midnight on New Years, My True Love gives the reader a large dose of holiday cheer. David Levithan’s story “Your Temporary Santa” is definitely a unique one—taking a spin on a typical holiday story and with atypical characters when a boy asks his boyfriend to dress up like Santa and visit a relative. Holly Black’s “Karmpuslauf” takes imaginary boyfriends to a whole new level when her character conjures up exactly what she wants for the holidays. Each story has a strong plot that keeps the reader interested and moving through these twelve stories with a smile on their faces.

Review: With any short story compilation, there are going to be some stronger stories, but editor Stephanie Perkins did a stellar job of having made-for-television type of stories intertwine with more radical unconventional holiday tales from these writers. The layout of the stories is logical, easy to grasp, and the overall feeling at the end of the book is one of satisfaction. Not all of the stories are as catchy, but since they’re short, it’s not too much pain for the holidays.

Bottom Line: A good read to get you in the spirit of the season.

Audience: If you like the books of the following authors: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt De La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowll, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White, then My True Love Gave to Me will keep you frolicking in holiday happiness.

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