Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on JANUARY 17th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.


Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of Publication: October 14th 2014

Dates Read: January 7th to 17th, 2015


If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

Buy It From: Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My Rating:  ★★★☆☆

There isn’t really much that I can say about my rating in relation to the book.  My True Love Gave to Me is an anthology of short stories, and with each one so different, there were bound to be ones I didn’t like and ones that I loved.  I definitely had high expectations for this book, which might have ultimately been my downfall.  A lot of them were just “meh”, with a couple that stood out above the rest.

My Top Five Stories:

  1. Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
  2. It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
  3. Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
  4. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
  5. The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

(Bolded are the ones that particularly stood out)

Overall: Wasn’t in love with as many stories as I’d hoped I’d be, but still managed to find some gems that I will remember fondly.


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