Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, YA holiday anthology
My True Love Gave To Me By: Various YA authors, edited by Stephanie Perkins Young Adult holiday short stories Published: Oct. 2014
I'm wrapping up with this short story collection from a really great selection of YA authors. I'd previously read all but two of the twelve authors in the collection, and there is so much variety here, even if you skim or skip ahead, there is a lot to offer.
The stories almost all bear the distinctive mark of their authors. Rainbow Rowell's is absolutely her story from the first page, with the chatty characters and heartfelt awkwardness. Some stories provide surprising depth, including Matt de la Pena and Stephanie Perkins, who touch on deeper family issues. The strangest is Kelly Link's, though I've read a short story collection from her before, which is heavy on magical realism and oddities. Laini Taylor's writing is just gorgeous, which reminds me I need to finish reading her current series.
Plus, all the skaters on the pond in the cover represent the twelve stories in the book! So cute. I highly recommend this and plan to revisit the stories next holiday season.
I'm Stephanie Scott and I write Young Adult fiction about teens who put their passions first. My debut ALTERATIONS releases 12/6/16 by Bloomsbury Spark. I enjoy dance fitness, cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I'm represented by Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Lit. Find me on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA