Book Talk: My True Love Gave To Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Book Talk: My True Love Gave To Me Edited by Stephanie PerkinsMy True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 2014
Genres: Contemporary YA
Also by this author: Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After
Format: ARC
Source: For Review

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!




Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”


This is a holiday short story collection (12 in all)  from some of the best YA authors out there. I’m not biased AT ALL or anything considering some of my all time favorite authors have stories in this.

a2Should I bust out the Christmas music before Thanksgiving?? I want to now!!

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a4This is like my dream team short story collection. A bunch of my favorite authors all in one place? HELL YEAH.  I’m happy to report this short story collection, as a whole, is FANTASTIC. Obviously some were better than others for me reading taste wise but I felt like it was mostly wins for me & the GREAT for me balanced out the ones that maybe weren’t my thing — though none of them were enough to make me skip over them.

I think it is the perfect read for the holidays — not just because the holiday stories will make your heart grow ten sizes — but because, I don’t know about you, but my life is so scattered and busy around this time that being able to read a short story when I’m only able to sit down briefly before going to my next holiday event is THE PERFECT SOLUTION. When I try to read long, more involved books during the holidays it can be frustrating because I can’t get immersed into the way I’d like. Holiday spirit + lots of amazing authors + a book that can hold your attention during the holidays? MUST HAVE.

The only problem with this short story collection? The short stories were SO SO SO good that I wanted full books for pretty much ALL of them. But I think that marks a good short story for me. Satisfying but OH MY GOD I WANT MORE PLEASE.

I’m going to give you my thoughts on each story in a sentence or so (My top 5 faves of the collection have asterisks):

*Rainbow Rowell – Midnights: New Year’s Eve swoons! A classic Rainbow Rowell story with that swoon factor that makes your heart melt.

Kelly Link – The Lady & The Fox: Okay so I kind of didn’t understand this one at all but it WAS interesting and I actually REALLY wanted a full book so I could maybe understand it more. There was a paranormal thing going on here but I didn’t GET it?

*Matt de la Pena – Angels In the Snow: One of my all time favorites in this collection! I am definitely checking out his other books based on this short story. AH MY HEART. Can this PLEASE be a whole book?? The main character in this stole my heart.

Jenny Han — Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me: SANTA!! The North Pole! This one made me really feel for a girl who is so out of place as the only human in the North Pole. Kind of sad though in the way that Elf kind of made me sad sometimes (in between laughing a whole lot re: the movie). Enjoyed it so much!

*Stephanie Perkins – It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown: Definitely my FAVORITE of the collection. Stephanie Perkins reminded me that she doesn’t even NEED a full book to make me fall helplessly and head over heels in love. The swoon factor was high here for me and I absolutely NEED a full book for these two. If I were rich I would commission it from her.

David Levithan — Your Temporary Santa: I got to listen to David read from some of this a couple months ago and I was so happy to finish it! It’s typical David in the humor and in the feels! It honestly made me want to cry a whole lot. And then eat Christmas cookies.

Holly Black – Krumpuslauf: This probably has less to do with the actual story but with what I like as a reader but… this just wasn’t my thing but I think Holly Black is certainly talented! I was definitely amused by it though!

*Gayle Forman – What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?: I LOVED this one. Is anyone surprised by this? Gayle just writes characters that interest me and sprinkles humor I love and can whip up a good love story. Very cute and romantic!

Myra McEntire – Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus: I wasn’t super into this one (I feel so bad saying that) but I liked that it centered around a Christmas pageant! More Lifetime holiday movie this one was. I love my Lifetime holiday movies but just couldn’t get into it.

*Kiersten White – Welcome to Christmas, CA: This one made me SOOOOO hungry. And a little teary at the end. A really touching story that warmed my heart like hot cocoa on a warm day.

Ally Carter – Star Of Bethlehem: I thought this one was okay but wish it was a an actual book because it felt really rushed together at the end once we find out something (a something I didn’t expect when I started it).

Laini Taylor – The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer: I really am so interested in her books after this! Very unique and imaginative!



Re-readability: Yes I would definitely around the holidays read it again!
Would I buy a copy for my collection? Yes!

a5People looking for a great holiday story collection (especially a YA one), people looking for a read during the holiday season when they are SUPER busy and might not get time to devote to full work of fiction, readers who want a holiday collection that is heartwarming and not sappy

a8 My True Love Gave To Me was such a delight and made me so excited for the holidays! It’s the perfect holiday read filled with such diverse stories but they all fit nicely together. I got to read amazing stories from some of my favorite authors and discovered new-to-me authors that I HAVE to check out now. I longed for most stories to be a full book…because they were THAT good and got me very into the story and the characters in just a bite sized package. Buy it for yourself to read for the holidays or buy it for your friends and family…it’s a holiday collection not to be missed!

It’s rare that I will like this high percentage of stories in a short story collection!

review-on-post-itMy True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins


a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
*Any other holiday novels/collections you can recommend??


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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I very rarely read short stories (they’re just too short! If I like a story, I want it to be looong!) but you make a pretty good case for this collection. Since I liked the novels of these authors, I guess I’d like these.
    By the way, Laini Taylor is the best. Seriously,

  2. I really want to read this collection- especially Matt De La Pena’s and David Levithan’s stories because they’re kind of my favourite authors from this group! You should read Mexican White Boy by Matt De La Pena! It’s a really good book. I simply love the cover of it too- it’s so beautiful! I hope I’ll be able to read this soon. Great Post Jamie!

  3. I can’t wait to read this one! I’m glad you enjoyed it and recommend it. I am hoping to dig into it soon! And get into the holiday spirit. 🙂

  4. I finished this one this late last week. I’m not writing my review until later this week since I’m going to a book event with Stephanie Perkins and David Levithan tonight. I felt much the same way you did, and had pretty much the same reaction as you to the individual stories ( I didn’t get the Kelly Link one, and Holly Black just doesn’t write my kind of stories). Out of twelve stories, I really liked 9, was so-so on 1, and didn’t care for (but still read them, so they weren’t that bad) 2. Great collection, and it introduced me to some YA authors I haven’t read, but now will look for.

  5. I also really loved this collection (and cried reading Kiersten White’s story). I second you on the need for full books–I’ve been intermittently harassing Jenny Han on Twitter so that she knows there is a market for a full-length story about Elves at the North Pole!

  6. This is one I’m reading now and while I’m already forming my favorites (as you shared here), overall, it’s an entertaining, good Christmas sort of read. Plus, since I’m an addict of TV Christmas movies at this time of year, it’s really the perfect read. Thanks for sharing your review, Jamie! 🙂

  7. “Perfect Holiday Read” about sums it up. I loved this one too. I want them to do one EVERY YEAR!!!

  8. I’m really excited to pick this one up! I’ve seen great reviews, some of my favorite authors are included, and it’s about my favorite holiday – Christmas. I’m just waiting for it to get a little bit closer into the Christmas season before I start reading.

  9. Okay I’ve seen this around, added to my wishlist and now I’m going to see if my library has a copy or can get me a copy so I can read it in December. 🙂

    I am so looking forward to this book of short stories now.

  10. I’ve been dying to read this one! I think I’m most excited about Rainbow Rowell’s story, since her love stories always make me swoon 🙂

  11. I just finished this book! My standout favorite was the Rainbow Rowell story (no big surprise there!), but there were lots of good ones. I actually liked “Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus” a lot, but maybe that’s because I have a soft spot for prankster boys. 🙂

  12. We have very similar favorites! Stephanie Perkins was my #1 – I would love to get more about those two! Major swoon. I also really liked Gayle Forman’s (the relationship felt so genuine already), Rainbow’s, and Kiersten White’s.

  13. I think I’m going to have the same problem as you when I read this book! I know they’re going to be so good and I’m going to want more! Will order it right now. So glad you liked it. 🙂 I love books that has a Christmas vibe to it.

  14. I don’t typically buy very many books when they are just released but I made an exception for this one – here in the UK we have a different cover though, I’m not too sure which one I like the most as they are both so cute! The UK editions trumps a little for as it has hot pink edging on the pages! I haven’t actually got round to reading it just yet, I’m thinking of starting on the 1st of December, although your post has made me want to start right now!
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. I bought this one a while ago and it’s one of the first/only books I’ve ever wanted multiple copies of.. the US and UK versions are both SO CUTE. And I have the Kindle version. Ahem.
    I don’t think I’ve seen any person who reviewed this that understood the story by Kelly Link. Lots of people have similar favorites to yours. Regardless I can’t wait to finally read this!

  16. Ahhh. I have this one on my shelf—I’m waiting until after Thanksgiving to read, though! Just like my Christmas music 🙂

  17. I’m usually not a fan of short story collections, but this was a huge exception. Rainbow Rowell’s and Stephanie Perkins’ stories were my favorites and they just made me wish for entire novels based on them. (NORTH AND MARIGOLD FOREVER!!!) I loved it so much, I own the US and UK editions. Well, and also because the UK edition is ridiculously awesome. Basically, even the stories that didn’t work as well were still pretty decent. This was totally charming and exactly what I needed!

  18. I can’t wait to read this but I’m waiting until my semester ends when I can unwind and get in the holiday spirit. These are some of my favorite authors too but I haven’t read all of them yet either so I’m hoping to discover a few too.

  19. I honestly can’t wait to read it! I loved Anna, Lola and Isla, Stephanie writes so well, I just love her!