Release Date: October 14 2015
Publisher: St.Martins Griffin
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.
I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.
Cutesy, Cozy, Cheesy, Fluffy
these heartwarming stories were everything I needed this holiday season.
Disclaimer: I say cute like 10x during this review. Don't give me that look.
Anywho, I'm not into many cutesy, cozy, cheesy, fluffy things, (unless I'm watching Lifetime or the Hallmark channel of course) and when it comes to books, I like my novels nice and dark. However, this year I wanted to be a little different. I wanted to quit being a scroogey asswipe, and when St.Martin's offered My True Love Gave To Me to bloggers for review, I knew it would be my opportunity to get into the holiday spirit, and guess what? I did! These amazing stories had me jumping up and down like I was one of Santa's elves and my ass was on fire. This book was just that cute!
I crack myself up. Seriously.
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
Good Vibes & Allergic Reactions
If you had to name one thing you enjoyed the most about Rainbow's work, what would it be? For me I would definitely have to say her characters. They are always so hilarious in a quirky way, and let's admit it, the woman knows how to create a damn good relationship. After finishing Midnights I was so surprised at how much I actually loved the story, because HELLO, how can you fit all of this adorableness into 22 pages? But low and behold, she did it, and quite successfully.
Best friends Mags and Noel have the biggest crush on each other and it was pretty evident from the beginning. I liked how there was this unspoken connection between the two, a little flirting, but not enough to where you would think that under the BFF sheets, they were getting it on, bumping & grinding, rolling in the sack, or whatever you want to call it. The concept for the story was intriguing, especially because it reminded me of my high school years. Having a crush, attending slamming parties, (I was also that one kid who just had to be stuffing their face with every snack, but we won't get into that) it definitely felt like a blast from the past, a much needed dose of nostalgia. I loved Mags and Noel's dynamic. Even though they were quite opposite, Mags's avoided the spotlight, Noel was the spotlight, it definitely worked. Let's not forget to mention that Mag's awkwardness, and Noel's I-don't-mean-to-be-hilarious-I-just-am attitude, was certainly the highlight of this story. If you're looking for something to make you smile, this is for you.
Angels In The Snow by Matt De La Pena
Going into My True Love Gave To Me, I figured all of the stories would be cheesy, you know, like most of them tend to be, but I was really surprised by what De La Pena delivered. Shy, (I loveddd his name btw) was originally from Mexico, but was living in the big, bad city of NY as a struggling college student. I mean, there was no way you couldn't love this guy. He was cat sitting for his boss, YES CAT SITTING, he loved to read, and he played the guitar in the bathtub . . . fully clothed . . . with a beanie on. I really liked him. I think my favorite part of this story was the friendship he sparked with Haley. A tenant in his boss's building, she too was a college student, but from a very different background than him. She was spunky and feisty to his laid back and cool demeanor, and it was a bit juicy to see a little flame flicker between them. I just wish the story were a bittttt longer, because things definitely would've been taken to the next level. Hehe.
Polaris Is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han
If this story wasn't so freaking short, it would've definitely beat out Midnights for the top spot! Out of every fairy tale I've been told surrounding Santa Claus, having an actual kid wasn't one of them, which made PIWYFM such a unique read. The main character Natalie was originally from South Korea, but was dumped on Santa's sleigh by her parents. (what a classy way to say Merry Christmas you buttwipes!) Of course Santa being the jolly man he is, he adopted the little baby, and BAM, we have our first human living on the North Pole. It was rather interesting to see how much of an odd ball she was amongst the elves because she was human, not to mention she actually had a crush on an elf. What absurd cuteness is this?!!? All in all it was such a great read, I just wish it didn't end so abruptly. * sad face *
If you guys are still in a festive mood, and are looking for a special read that will re-kindle those holiday spirits. I highly suggest you pick this up!
Oh and if you're feeling extra cheesy and don't want to watch a Hallmark movie because the acting is shitty 90% of the time, this is a read for you too. I looks out for all my peoples.