My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

By: Stephanie Perkins

Tales of holiday romance—from the charmingly surreal to the intensely true-to-life—from twelve popular YA authors, including Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Matt de la Peña.

ISBN: 9781250059307

JLG Release: Nov 2014


Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Mild sexual themes, Underage drinking, Marijuana use
Topics: Christmas , Santa Claus , New Year's Eve , Hanukkah , Krampusnacht , Love and relationships , Family

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Awards & Honors

VOYA’s Perfect Tens 2014; Booklist 2015 Top 10 Books for Youth, Romance
Booklist Top 10 Short Story Collections

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Twelve of the best-loved and best-known young adult authors—Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, and Matt de la Peña among them—have contributed stories to this appealing collection. Most have a Christmas setting, but Hanukkah, the winter solstice, and New Year’s Eve are also represented. Most are reali
[STARRED REVIEW]
Twelve of the best-loved and best-known young adult authors—Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, and Matt de la Peña among them—have contributed stories to this appealing collection. Most have a Christmas setting, but Hanukkah, the winter solstice, and New Year’s Eve are also represented. Most are realistic, but Holly Black, Kelly Link, Jenny Han, and Laini Taylor have contributed tales steeped in fantasy or the supernatural. What all 12 selections have in common is teen romance at its most fragile and meaningful. Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.—Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Horn Book

Holiday romance is the connecting link for the twelve tales included in this highly enjoyable anthology by a dozen well-known young adult authors, including Rainbow Rowell, Matt de la Peña, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Laini Taylor, and Stephanie Perkins. The short stories feature teen protagonists of different races, sexual identities, and e Holiday romance is the connecting link for the twelve tales included in this highly enjoyable anthology by a dozen well-known young adult authors, including Rainbow Rowell, Matt de la Peña, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Laini Taylor, and Stephanie Perkins. The short stories feature teen protagonists of different races, sexual identities, and ethnicities confronting various obstacles and insecurities in their pursuit of new love amidst celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, New Year’s, and even Krampuslauf. And in keeping with the spirit of the season, the eclectic collection of stories—some fantastical, some realistic—all end with hopeful, if not always happy, endings. cynthia k. ritter

Junior Library Guild

  • A feel-good collection of original short stories—running the gamut from the natural to the supernatural—by esteemed YA authors such as Holly Black, David Levithan, and Gayle Forman.
  • True to its title, My True Love Gave to Me combines holiday romance with the magic of the holiday season. Every story introduces
    • A feel-good collection of original short stories—running the gamut from the natural to the supernatural—by esteemed YA authors such as Holly Black, David Levithan, and Gayle Forman.
    • True to its title, My True Love Gave to Me combines holiday romance with the magic of the holiday season. Every story introduces a character who’s missing some big piece of life’s puzzle. But by the story’s end, that piece snaps into place—with consistently heart-melting results. Best friends profess their feelings for each other; a lonely college freshman finds a soul mate; an orphaned pop star finds a home.
    • The stories boast a diverse range of protagonists. In Levithan’s “Temporary Santa,” a Jewish boy agrees to dress as Santa as a favor to his boyfriend. And in Jenny Han’s “Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me,” Santa’s adopted Korean daughter finds she, once again, can’t snag a date for the Snow Ball (“It’s like prom for elves.”) because she’s human.
    • The collection ends on a high note with Laini Taylor’s darkly imaginative “The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer,” set on an island where men offer their sweethearts gifts for every day of Advent. A young orphan finds herself courted by a God who leaves her “a bottle that [holds] every birdsong in the world,” and a tapestry that changes “day by day, and [shows] the world to her in glimpses.”

Book Details

ISBN

9781250059307

First Release

November 2014

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 16;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 25;

Lexile

Level HL700L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Griffin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Mild sexual themes, Underage drinking, Marijuana use

Topics

Christmas, Santa Claus, New Year's Eve, Hanukkah, Krampusnacht, Love and relationships, Family,

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