'Tis the season! Well, almost and I am so glad that My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins came in at the library for me just as the holidays are getting underway. I don't usually read short story collections because, to be honest, I haven't seen a lot of them that really jump out at me. A few months ago I saw that this collection of holiday themed stories written by some of the most well know authors of YA fiction was being released and I put myself on the library reserve list before they even had any copies. I have really enjoyed reading Stephanie Perkins' books as well as those of several of the other authors included in this collection. I was not disappointed in this book, either.
Rainbow Rowell writes about midnights on New Year's Eve spanning several years and falling in love with someone unexpected. Kelly Link writes a tale with a fantasy element involving someone she meets only when it snows. Matt de la Pena shakes things up by writing from the male perspective about a Christmas break trapped by a blizzard in an apartment with a cat. Oh, and the cute girl upstairs. Jenny Han gives us a story not unlike the movie, Elf, only what if the orphan Santa brought to the North Pole were a girl? Stephanie Perkins tells about a young woman determined to somehow get a Christmas tree into her moving-boxes-stuffed apartment and the Christmas tree salesman who helps her. Holly Black spins a yarn truly original about a New Year's Eve party visited by the boy of one girl's dreams. Gayle Forman gives us a funny story about a young Jewish girl spending her first Hanukkah at college in a town very unused to people who celebrate Hanukkah or people from New Jersey or people who use sarcasm. Myra McEntire also bucks tradition by making her main character a teenage boy and this one is quite a trouble maker. Kiersten White sets her story in a diner in the very small town of Christmas, CA, where the new cook seems to have a magic all his own. Ally Carter starts off her tale with a young woman switching airplane tickets with a stranger in Chicago's O'Hare airport and ending up in exactly the place she needs to be. There were two other stories that I tried to read, but couldn't get into.
Overall, I had a great time reading these quick stories. I'm even more excited for the next month and a half with all of the fun and magic of the holidays. Some people find this time of year difficult to get into a book because so much of their attention is required with all of the chores and activities leading up to Christmas. This collection is the perfect solution. The stories are short, fun and they will still give you a shot of good cheer.