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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, Edited by Stephanie Perkins

20309175My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Edited by Stephanie Perkins
2014 St. Martin’s Griffens
ISBN – 9781250059307
Genre – Short Stories, Romance
Age – High School

3.5 Stars Overall



Midnights, by Rainbow Rowell – Mags meets Noel at a New Year’s Eve party, and they become instant friends. Like most of her books for me, meh. I can never feel any emotion for her characters because they just seem weakly written, and weakly presented. 3 Stars.

The Lady and the Fox, by Kelly Link – Miranda’s mother got sent to a prison in Thailand, and will never get out. However, her godmother is nice enough to host her every Christmas. One year Miranda sees a strange young man in the garden, and it’s not Santa. This was strange, in a good way. Very imaginative. 3.7 Stars.

Angels in the Snow, by Matt de la Pena – Shy is cat sitting for his boss, when he meets Haley. She lives in the upstairs apartment and her shower isn’t working. When she come to use the shower, her and Shy strike up an unlikely friendship despite their differences. I liked both of the characters and their juxtapositions. I also liked how each one had their own assumptions about the other. 3.5 Stars.

Polaris is where you’ll Find Me, by Jenny Han – Natalie was found by Santa in South Korea, with a note attached asking someone to take care of her, so Santa adopted her and took her back to the North Pole. This is the second Jenny Han I have read. Her characters seem like they are at least five years younger than they are supposed to be. 2.4 Stars.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown, by Stephanie Perkins – Marigold’s life had turned upside down. Luckily a handsome Christmas tree salesman is there to help. Adorable as per usual. 3.8 Stars.

Your Temporary Santa, by David Levithan – Unnamed BF of Connor dresses up as Santa to make his sister believe. I didn’t see much point to this, which is disappointing because I like Levithan. 2.9 Stars.

Krampuslauf, by Holly Black – Hanna wants to throw an amazing party to celebrate Krampuslauf. Holly Black writes strangely and wonderfully! 4 Stars.

What the Hell Have you Done Sophie Roth, by Gayle Forman – Sophie accepted admission at a school in the middle of nowhere, and hates it until she meets someone. Pretty sweet. 4 Stars

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus, by Myra McEntire – When Vaughn accidentally sets the church on fire, he has to commit to forty hours of community service in order to clear his record. Typical bad boy in love with preacher’s daughter story. Meh. 2.5 Stars.

Welcome to Christmas, CA, by Kiersten White – Maria works in a crappy diner and is saving all of her tips to get out as soon as possible. Then the diner hires a new cook who has a special talent for making magical food. I love food, this one made me smile and feel Christmasey! 3.9 Stars.

Star of Bethlehem, by Ally Carter – Liddy exchanges her airplane ticket to NYC with a girl from Iceland and ends up in Oklahoma. It’s OK, she needed to escape. A supposed realistic story that is totally unbelievable. 3 Stars.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor – When Neve is chosen by a undesireable man to be his next bride, she wished for the dreamer to save her. So fantastical and wonderful. 5 Stars.



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