If you had asked me last year what kind of story I wanted to see more of, I’d have said Christmas YA. In my opinion, there just isn’t enough, so when I saw Stephanie Perkins’ announcement that she would be editing a collection of twelve festive YA stories published this year, I couldn’t have been more excited. I pre-ordered a copy and somehow resisted reading straight away. As soon as it turned 1st December, I put up the Christmas tree, bought a festive mug (for festive hot chocolate, obviously) and got stuck in to My True Love Gave to Me.
I loved the collection as a whole, even if I didn’t enjoy every story equally (because that rarely happens with me and short story anthologies), but here’s a little bit about a few of my favourites: I am guilty of following the crowd because the stories by Rainbow Rowell – about the brewing relationship between two friends over four New Year’s Eves – and Stephanie Perkins‘ – about a girl who’s building the courage to ask the boy with a beautiful voice for help (buying a Christmas tree from his family in the process!) – were my favourites. I love really cute contemporary Christmas YA the most, so it’s unsurprising that I enjoyed these two. I loved that both of these stories were about a girl and a boy (a little quirky and comfortably witty) getting to know each other, from two best friends to two strangers. I’d quite happy read full length versions of both!
I hadn’t read anything else by Matt De La Peña before, but I loved Angels in the Snow, a contemporary story about a cat-sitting student and the girl next door. I even enjoyed the fantasy/magical realism stories, in particular Holly Black‘s Krampuslauf, although that might be because I was rooting for the main character and a little bit of revenge… It’s a brilliantly diverse selection, so you’re sure to find one you’ll love.
My True Love Gave to Me is a completely adorable and wonderfully festive collection of Christmas YA for everyone who loves wintertime romance. I’m sure it will become a book I keep coming back to each year – bring on Christmas 2015!
Published: 9th October 2014 (UK) 14th October 2014 (US)
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (UK) St. Martin’s Press (US)