Review: My True Love Gave to Me

Every time I look at a December Book Recommendations List I always spot My True Love Gave to Me. Edited by Stephanie Perkins, this is a collection of twelve short stories, written by some of the most popular authors in the YA community. The problem with this book is that not all stories are created equally and while I adored some, other were an absolute nightmare to read. I will write a small review for each of the stories so you can see what I`m talking about.

"Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell
Like the name would suggest this is centred around the New Year`s Eve, over the course of several years. I don`t agree with the idea that a friendship between a guy and a girl ALWAYS has to turn into love, but this was beautifully executed. I loved how quirky and funny the characters were and from the start, you could see that they were made for each other. But more than that, "Midnight" dealt with growing up and the fear of change and new beginnings.

This story deserves a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.

"The Lady and The Fox" by Kelly Link
This one had a promising start, but it slowly went downhill. It started as contemporary, and then it slowly turned into paranormal. I did not enjoy the writing style, but my biggest problem was with the love interest. Was he a ghost or a spirit? What the hell was going on? I wish I could give you a better synopsis, but my advice would be to skip this story.

I gave this story one star.

"Angels in the Snow" by Matt de la Pena
This story is about a guy who is cat-sitting for his boss over the Christmas period and was left in an apartment without any food. Not only is he broke, but New York is under a snow blizzard. He soon meets a cute neighbour and they develop a special bond, which soon turns into something more. I don`t know why, but reading it reminded me of Dan and Serena from Gossip Girl.The pretty, rich and careless girl who is intrigued by the outsider. It`s a cute story, but one without a real future. I wasn`t a big fan of the love story, but I liked the fact that it touched important subjects, like race and stereotypes.

I gave this story 4 stars out of 5 stars.

"Polaris is Where You`ll Find Me" by Jenny Han
This had the potential to be my favourite story. It revolves around Santa`s adoptive daughter and it was giving me major "Elf" vibes. But I wasn`t a fan of the characters and I was not invested in the love story. I failed to see any connection between the characters and the chemistry was off.

I gave this story 2 stars out of 5 stars.

"It`s A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown" by Stephanie Perkins
This was my favourite story by far. I loved the quirky characters and the love story. Everything happened really fast, within a couple of hours, yet you could sense the connection between the characters. I also loved the fact that this story addressed the importance of family and how sometimes we put our future on hold, for the sake of others.

I gave this story 5 stars.

"Your Temporary Santa" by David Levithan
Not only was this story told from a male POV, but he was also gay and that was a nice change of pace. It`s about a boy that dresses up as Santa, to surprise his boyfriend's little sister. The characters didn`t do much for me, but I loved the idea of feeling like an outsider when you start a new relationship. It had potential and I just wish I would have liked the characters more.

I gave this story 3 out of 5 stars.

"Krampuslauf" by Holly Black
I`m starting to believe that paranormal books are not for me. It was slightly better than "The Lady and the Fox", but I did not enjoy the story too much. The main character was poor and from a bad neighbourhood, so her longing for a better life was understandable. Holly Black always manages to create some exceptional friendships and this story was no exception. But like I said earlier, I did not like the love story.

I gave this story 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.

"What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman
Sophie Roth is an impulsive girl and she doesn`t think much before making a decision. One of those decisions was going to a college in the middle of nowhere and soon she feels like she doesn`t belong at all. But when she meets a cute guy, she starts to reconsider the recent events. She soon realises that she was isolating herself and decides to give the college another change. I was feeling the same when I went to Uni and that made the story very relatable for me.

I gave this story 4 out of 5 stars.

"Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus" by Myra McEntire
This story is about a teenage boy that always causes trouble. One of his shenanigans ends up bad and he has to help the church, otherwise, he goes to juvie. As the story unfolds we find out more about the main character and why he is the way that he is. It`s also stated that once you`re labelled as bad, there`s little you can do to change people`s minds. But the pastor and his daughter see beyond that and our character gets a second change.

I gave this story 3.5 out of 5 stars.

"Welcome to Christmas, CA" by Kiersten White
I didn`t want this story to end, it was so good. Maria is from a small town and she hates her life. She works at her stepdad's dinner and plans to run away soon. But a cute guy enters her life and she suddenly falls in love. Maria soon realises that she was wrong about everything and starts to appreciate her life. I loved everything about this story, from the weird town folk to the love story. But the stepdad was amazing and he was by far my favourite character.

I gave this story 5 out of 5 stars.

"Star of Bethlehem" by Ally Carter
A mysterious girl pretends to be someone else, which leads to a bunch of hilarious events (the Christmas dinner was my favourite scene). I really enjoyed the mystery and the family dynamic. The romance felt a bit rushed, but it was still cute.

I gave this story 3.5 out of 5 stars.

"The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer" by Laini Taylor
I had high expectations about this story. I enjoyed the writing style and the story had some feminist vibes, so I was digging that. But something was off. I think that paranormal is not my genre, at least not in short stories.

I gave this story 3 out of 5 stars.

Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars, but I rated it 4 on Goodreads. There were some amazing stories, which I want to reread over and over again. But some missed an emotional connection. Despite that, this book is perfect for a holiday read, because it has something for everyone.

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