My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins

Genres: Young Adult, Anthology, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: October 14th 2014

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“He says presents aren’t important, but I think they are – not because of how much they cost, but for the opportunity they provide to say I understand you.”

A collection of holiday-themed love stories by skilled and well-loved young adult authors.

A joy to read during the holiday season. My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of good and great love stories by some of my favourite young adult authors. It’s hard to pick a stand out, but the contributions by Holly Black, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han and Kiersten White brought me the most holiday cheer. That is a third of the book but it simply cannot be narrowed down.

Kelly Link’s story The Lady and the Fox was the weak spot for me. It left too many unanswered questions and didn’t feel as much like the holidays as the other stories did. It was also a little disappointing to see very little sexual diversity – but it’s impossible not to enjoy a book filled with so much happiness. Sometimes you need a good fluffy read, especially around the holidays.

There is potential in so many of the stories for continuation, for more chapters – but part of their charm is that they’re short. No story overstays its welcome. As far as anthologies go it was a lot stronger as a collective than most tend to be.It had a guiding theme and even the weak stories were not a trial to read. My only complaint is that I had to let go of some of the characters too soon when so much more could have been done.

A book full of love and holiday cheer – perfect for December.

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For Fans of: Anna and the French Kiss

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