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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Winter Romances

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  30,781 Ratings  ·  6,205 Reviews
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ...This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published October 9th 2014 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Ratings for each of the stories:

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: 4/5
The Lady and The Fox by Kelly Link: 1/5
Angels In The Snow by Matt de la Peña: 3/5
Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han: 5/5 (loved how quirky this one was!)
It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins: 4/5
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan: 3/5
Krampuslauf by Holly Black: 1/5 (skimmed this one -_-)
What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman: 5/5
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire: 1/
Emily May
Like almost all short story collections by various authors, this one is a mixed bag of hidden gems and ones I didn't even finish. If you'd asked me beforehand to name a list of YA authors that I'd like to appear in a short story collection, many of the ones here would have made that list: Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor, Holly Black, Gayle Forman, David Levithan and maybe Rainbow Rowell (I like but don't love her books).

Then if you'd asked me what kind of short story collection I'd like to have
Jan 08, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-releases

*time to enjoy*


people who haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor probably won't know the mentioned characters down below

So about a month ago Stephanie tweeted this




So obviously when I saw the cover and the couples I started searching for Zuzana and Mik... but then I stumbled upon this


Wait, is that..? No, it can't be.. Can it?








And now
Raeleen Lemay

My individual ratings:

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: 5/5
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link: 1/5 (couldn't even finish it)
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena: 4.5/5
Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han: 4/5
It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins: 5/5
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan: 3/5
Krampuslauf by Holly Black: 2/5
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman: 5/5
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire: 3/5
Welcome to Chris
Claudia Ramírez
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, cover-love
I'll be rating each short story separately! So far I've read...

"Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell: 5 stars
So cute and adorable. Rainbow is the main reason I wanted to read this book.

"The Lady and the Fox" by Kelly Link: 4 stars
I really liked this story! It was intriguing and beautiful, but it also was a little confusing...

"Angels in the Snow" by Matt de la Peña: 3.5 stars
This was cute and a little sad, there was a part when I wanted to cry.

"Polaris is where you'll find me" by Jenny Han: 4.5 stars
I lo
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
I really enjoyed this book overall! I don't read lots of books like this though... I don't know if I ever have before actually... but it WAS really strange to be reading a story that you LOVE then go on to read a mediocre story.
Below I've listed my individual star ratings:

*****Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: 5/5 LOVED this!
*The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link: 1/5 This was so weird and random. Especially after reading Midnights.
**** Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena: 4/5 KITTY! This was good. I
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, glbt
“But people don't need to remember how it felt to be happy and safe in the past. They need to have hope that they can get there again in the future.”

3,6/5 stars (average rating of all 12 short stories)

So while Laini Taylor's short story was stunningly beautiful and magical, there were others that really surprised me as well.
I've never read anything by Matt de la Pena and I must say I really loved Angels in the Snow. Same thing applies to Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White.
Of course, a
Ben Alderson
Dec 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
loved the first couple of stories but became bit to similar for me!


i will re try this christmas again!
Emily L
April 30, 2014

When I first saw this:

Whenever I think about it:

Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
*I'll update with individual ratings for each of the stories tomorrow*
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
*3.75 stars*

I'm going to try to read a short story a week for 12 weeks, I will update this review everytime I read a new one.
If you want me to read a specific short story in this collection please ask me in the comments, if not I will continue to choose them randomly.

week 1 - What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman .
I've never read a book by Gayle Forman before (what a shame, I know)! This was a great way to start this collection. I really liked the writing style (even thoug
I've read a story from this anthology every night up to Christmas Eve! It was just a fun little treat to myself and something that helped me get even more into the holiday season (along with The Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition). I was very surprised, because I absolutely adored a few stories by authors I've never read before. Then, in turn, a few of the bigger named authors I've read and loved were disappointments. Overall, this really is a heartwarming book filled with lots of holiday chee ...more
Cait • A Page with a View
This collection of holiday short stories from some of my favorite contemporary YA authors was SO incredibly heartwarming and just straight up adorable. I bet I'll read this anthology every winter now :)

So I'd give the whole thing 4 stars because some of the stories were hit or miss, but here's the breakdown of my reaction to each:

1. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: 3 stars - It's cute, but nothing memorable.

2. The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link: 3 stars - WHAT is going on here. Seriously. It was har
3.6 stars(according to my calculations)

My True Love Gave to Me is a super cutesy, mostly contemporary holiday inspired anthology. I don’t usually like anthology collections but somehow I liked this. All of the stories were great, some were better than others, but none were terrible. This book is pretty famous in the book community, and for a good reason, it’s a classic holiday read that I suggest to anyone looking to get into the holiday spirit.

❄Midnights – Rainbow Rowell – 4 stars❄

I love Rainb
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
1. Midnight by Rainbow Rowell: 4/5
2. The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link: 3/5
3. Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena: 1/5
4. Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han: 3.5/5
5. It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins: 3/5
6. Your Temporary Santa by David Leviathan: 2.5/5
7. Krampuslauf by Holly Black: 2/5
8. What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman: 2/5
9. Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire: 3/5
10. Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White: 3.
may ❀
Isn’t just fantastic when your computer shuts down and you lose your entire review???? Yeah, same.


I seem to never get tired of this book, some of these stories I LOVE and some were poop but all in all it’s a great anthology.

Midnights: by Rainbow Rowell
- I absolutely adored this one, all three times I’ve read it. It’s really one of the perfect ones to start the anthology off with bc it’s short and cute and gahhhh
- It’s written by Rainbow Rowell, so it’s like an automatic fav
- I loved how it
Tran Thanh Tu
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Well this book was such an ideal festive read with an adorable combination of 12 short romantic stories. I shall give each story its own individual rating as to me, some of them are heart-warming while some are jusst meh!

4/5* Midnight by Rainbow Rowell: This is legitally the definition of cuteness. Honestly, Rainbow Rowell has done it again!

2/5* The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link: Umm... This is an example of meh! This story may not be a nicely convenient read for me. The characters are confusin
may ❀
Reread and buddy read #3 with the my favourite and the most fabulous Bicycle in the world

Give me the cheese, give me ALL the cheese!!!


This is my second time reading the adorable twelve story anthology and I really did love it (even if some of the stories lacked.

Let’s run through them quickly:

Midnights: 5/5
- It’s written by Rainbow Rowell, so I’m already trash
- It’s fricken adorable
- I loved it then, I loved it now

The Lady and the Fox 1/5
- Goodness this one was looooooooong
- Hella b
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: stand-alone
Sadly I couldn't enjoy the stories, most of them were extremely boring and to be honest I only enjoyed 3 of 12 stories and it's sad but I couldn't feel any winter, less Christmas time? It was so "yeah, ok, cool" so it's a no from me.
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)

"Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell
Rating: ★★★★★
Short, sweet, and super adorable! I also really loved the story structure. It was a really good way to establish the history between these characters in such a short story. Really, really liked it, but then again this is Rainbow Rowell so I'm not too surprised.

"Polaris is Where You'll Find Me" by Jenny Han
Rating: ★★
Way too short and open-ended. I know that it's a short st
Surprise surprise, my favourites were Laini Taylor, Holly Black, Kelly Link (all magic), Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman.

Mini-review here.
Jamie-leigh Haughn
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
How cute was this book? Like seriously, so adorable!

Over all I think this book is really a fantastic Holiday read, I'm a huge fan of how it incorporated different Holidays and traditions, not just focusing solely on Christmas. I generally really enjoyed the stories, I found the contemporaries to be more enjoyable than any of the fantastical stories. With each story being only around 30 pages it was difficult to understand and get into any of the concepts that weren't straight contemporary. I ha
Stacey (prettybooks)
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) ...more
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
My favorite stories were, Rainbow Rowell's, Matt De La Peña's, Stephanie Perkins', Kiersten White's and Laini Taylor's!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

First off this book is gorgeous! I had to get the UK Edition and I love it so much!



1. Midnights ~ Rainbow Rowell ~ 5/5

I wasn't sure I would like this story as it only takes place on New Years Eve from 2011 - 2014. Mags first met Noel on New Year's Eve 2011 where she saved him an allergic reaction from not eating snacks with nuts in them. And they became best friends. But every New's Years Eve from there on she wants to be the one to kiss Noel but he's always kissing another girl.... until 2014 -
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable collection! Puts you right into a Christmas mood.

I think the only negative aspect of this anthology is that the subject matter of it (winter holiday romances) is too narrow, or maybe most of the authors decided not to strain themselves and stuck to the most straight-forward interpretation of this theme. What I mean is, almost ALL of the stories in this book follow a very predictable pattern – contemporary, Christmas/New Year, someone’s parent is dead/sick/emotionally unavailab
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My True Love Gave To Me is a collection of 12 stories covering multiple holidays such as New Year's, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstices and of obviously Christmas. As most books containing multiple stories written by multiple writers this book was a mixed bag. There were some stories I loved like Krampuslauf, Its A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown, Angels In The Snow and the very last story The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer was in my opinion ( and since this ...more
Helene Jeppesen
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
At first, I was thrilled with this book. I loved all the cute stories, and I loved how they got me in the mood for Christmas. Especially Matt de la Pena's and Stephanie Perkins' stories put a smile on my face (despite the fact that Perkins' characters didn't act like a 19-year-olds!). Yes, some of the stories were a little bit too unrealistic, or too simple, but I still enjoyed them.
Then came Ally Carter's story and that's when things started falling apart. This story was highly unrealistic in
Chelsey the crazy cat lady
MIDNIGHTS - 5 stars
This one was a little confusing at the start starting in 2014 then going back a few years then jumping back to 2014. After the confusion I loved it. I really enjoyed seeing the glimpse of the friendship and how it grew over time to something more. Loved this one and would have liked to have seen more.

This one is very confusing. Midnights was nothing compared to this one. I can't say I really enjoyed it. Miranda was horrible to Daniel when he went
Ellen Hopkins
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much talent in one book! It's a bit uneven as far as age appropriateness of all the stories, and some readers might find the various voices (from solid contemporary romance to the lush language of a couple of the fantasy offerings) off-putting, but it's not a bad thing to stretch, really. Three or four stories definitely stand out.
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Hi, there! I'm Steph, and I wrote Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. I also edited (and contributed a short story to) a romantic holiday anthology called My True Love Gave to Me and its companion anthology, Summer Days and Summer Nights. My next YA release is a horror novel called There's Someone Inside Your House, which will be released Fall ...more

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