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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell, Holly Black, Myra McEntire, Kiersten White, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor, Gayle Forman, Matt de la Pena, Jenny Han, Ally Carter, Kelly Link, David Levithan

I was expecting so much of this book and, honestly, I was quite disappointed. I thought the stories were going to be filled with cuteness and romance but in my opinion, the stories are quite average and instead of cuteness, they were filled with drama. Not one of the main characters in any of the stories had a backstory without some sort of problematic circumstance (a dead parent, a mean step-parent, friends that don’t understand them, etc).

 

Don’t get me wrong, the stories were OK but after a few stories with the same melodramatic background, I got bored. Stephanie Perkins’ story was perfect (there was a bit of drama but it wasn’t addressed as much as in the other ones and, of course, there was TONS of cuteness and perfection) and that was what made this book a 3.5 one instead of 3.

 

Along with Perkins’ story, I really enjoyed The Lady And The Fox by Kelly Link and Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han. Rainbow Rowell’s story fell flat for me.

 

All in all, it was a good anthology but not as good as I was expecting.