Ho Ho Ho! Whether you are on Holiday Break or just about to be, if you are looking for some festive short stories to put you in the mood for some Yuletide cheer, some of your favorite Young Adult authors have collaborated to bring you: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. Edited and with a story by Stephanie Perkins. Holidays meet romance in a Christmas- and Hanukkah-themed collection, featuring some of teen fiction’s most prominent names. A Latino NYU student, running out of food while catsitting during winter break, meets a white upstairs neighbor whose shower is broken in Matt de la Pea’s “Angels in the Snow.” In David Levithan’s “Your Temporary Santa,” a gay Jewish teen plays Santa for the benefit of his boyfriend’s kid sister. Kelly Link’s “The Lady and the Fox” shows the goddaughter of an intimidating English matriarch battling a set of magical rules to free a ghostly family member who only appears on Christmas. The setting of the romances varies greatly, from a chaotic trailer-park New Year’s party to a kitschy diner in a tiny “census-designated place” called Christmas, California, to Santa’s North Pole workshop, where his adopted daughter dreams of a boy she met following his route. Rich language and careful, efficient character development make the collection an absorbing and sophisticated read, each story surprisingly fresh despite the constraints of a shared theme. It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal!
You can find this book in the Young Adult section at YA MY