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 NOW. 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!!!