“My True Love Gave to Me” REVIEW

Hi there. So you all know how I feel about Stephanie Perkins; I adore her. And when I found out she was compiling and editing a collection of holiday-themed short stories, I was like give that to me right now. RIGHT NO20309175W. It’s going to be a big book, so I requested an e-galley on NetGalley with very limited expectations. AND THEN I GOT APPROVED. AND THE WORLD WAS A LITTLE BIT ROSIER. 

“My True Love Gave to Me” is just like “Let It Snow,” except that there are more shorter, stories by a greater variety of authors. They were each pleasant and entertaining. Some were more comical, like Matt de la Pena’s and Gayle Forman’s, while some were more fantastical and dramatic, like Laini Taylor’s and Kelly Link’s. And while each story was individual and ranged in matter of theme and content, a festive, romantic tone is constant throughout. 

I wish I could review each story individually, but that would give away too much. “My True Love Gave to Me” is equal parts holiday story and cute romance with a sprinkle of cheesiness. Let the cheesy happen, it’s Christmas and holidays are about being lame and happy. 

If you liked “Let It Snow” or want a quick little snippet of perfect YA lit, “My True Love Gave to Me” is a good place to start. Plus, it’s a good way to experience new authors without the commitment of an entire novel. It’s like a YA wine tasting. Although, when you’re, done you’re going to have a shit ton bottles of wine because every author is pretty great. But that should surprise no one because the queen edited it and she can basically do no wrong. 

Also, THAT COVER. Damn. 

On sale October 14, 2014.

10 stars out of 10!!!

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How Not to Write a First Novel — Lev Grossman via Buzzfeed

I don’t care what people say about BuzzFeed, I love it. I’m a sucker for it. Their extravagantly comical Matt Bellassai with his always on-point One Direction lists and their endless quizzes enchant my soul. But what I like most are their less frequent, equally entertaining, and doubly insightful feature pieces. Like this one by Lev Grossman: “How Not to Write a First Novel.”

It’s great, I mean really thoughtful and intelligent and enlightening. BuzzFeed has a unique opportunity in the world of digital media. They never had to deal with a transition from paper to the Web. They have practically unlimited space and a dedicated readership that they gained through their silly, albeit INCREDIBLY ACCURATE (I dare you to deny it), lists. And they’re taking advantage of their uncommon position by interweaving distraction pieces with actual stories.

The Lev Grossman one is just my most recent favorite. And for obvious reasons I thought you all might like it too. Even though I actually hate his books — like, really hate them —you should read this awesome, amazing, intelligent BuzzFeed story and then give his books a try. Maybe they’ll be your cuppa tea. Maybe they’ll freak you the f out and make you consider giving up your long lost dreams of being a badass witch who goes to Hogwarts and performs all sorts of spells and general badassery. Either way.

Let the deepness of this nice quote-on-ambiguous-photo sink in:

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Courtesy of BuzzFeed, obvi