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My True Love Gave to Me
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My True Love Gave to Me
Twelve Holiday Stories
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If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

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  • Copyright © 2014 by Stephanie Perkins

    Midnights

    Rainbow Rowell

    Dec. 31, 2014, almost midnight

    It was cold out on the patio, under the deck. Frigid. Dark.

    Dark because Mags was outside at midnight, and dark because she was in the shadows.

    This was the last place anyone would look for her—anyone, and especially Noel. She'd miss all the excitement.

    Thank God. Mags should have thought of this years ago.

    She leaned back against Alicia's house and started eating the Chex mix she'd brought out with her. (Alicia's mom made the best Chex mix.) Mags could hear the music playing inside, and then she couldn't—and that was a good sign. It meant that the countdown was starting.

    "Ten!" she heard someone shout.

    "Nine!" more people joined in.

    "Eight!"

    Mags was going to miss the whole thing.

    Perfect.

    Dec. 31, 2011, almost midnight

    "Are there nuts in that?" the boy asked.

    Mags paused, holding a cracker piled with pesto and cream cheese in front of her mouth. "I think there are pine nuts..." she said, crossing her eyes to look at it.

    "Are pine nuts tree nuts?"

    "I have no idea," Mags said. "I don't think pine nuts grow on pine trees, do they?"

    The boy shrugged. He had shaggy brown hair and wide-open blue eyes. He was wearing a Pokémon T-shirt.

    "I'm not much of a tree-nut expert," Mags said.

    "Me neither," he said. "You'd think I would be—if I accidentally eat one, it could kill me. If there were something out there that could kill you, wouldn't you try to be an expert on it?"

    "I don't know...." Mags shoved the cracker in her mouth and started chewing. "I don't know very much about cancer. Or car accidents."

    "Yeah..." the boy said, looking sadly at the buffet table. He was skinny. And pale. "But tree nuts specifically have it out for me, for me personally. They're more like assassins than, like, possible dangers."

    "Damn," Mags said, "what'd you ever do to tree nuts?"

    The boy laughed. "Ate them, I guess."

    The music, which had been really loud, stopped. "It's almost midnight!" somebody shouted.

    They both looked around. Mags's friend Alicia, from homeroom, was standing on the couch. It was Alicia's party—the first New Year's Eve party that Mags, at fifteen, had ever been invited to.

    "Nine!" Alicia yelled.

    "Eight!" There were a few dozen people in the basement, and they were all shouting now.

    "Seven!"

    "I'm Noel," the boy said, holding out his hand.

    Mags brushed all the pesto and traces of nuts off her hand and shook his. "Mags."

    "Four!"

    "Three!"

    "It's nice to meet you, Mags."

    "You, too, Noel. Congratulations on evading the tree nuts for another year."

    "They almost had me with that pesto dip."

    "Yeah." She nodded. "It was a close call."

    Dec. 31, 2012, almost midnight

    Noel fell against the wall and slid down next to Mags, then bumped his shoulder against hers. He blew a paper party horn in her direction. "Hey."

    "Hey." She smiled at him. He was wearing a plaid jacket, and his white shirt was open at the collar. Noel was pale and flushed easily. Right now he was pink from the top of his forehead to the second button of his shirt. "You're a dancing machine," she said.

    "I like to dance, Mags."

    "I know you do."

    "And I only get so many opportunities."

    She raised an eyebrow.

    "I like to dance in public," Noel said. "With other people. It's a communal experience."

    "I kept your tie safe," she said, and held out a red silk necktie....

About the Author-
  • STEPHANIE PERKINS has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of the international bestsellers Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, as well as Isla and the Happily Ever After. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories is her first anthology. Stephanie and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 15, 2014
    Cute boys, mistletoe, counting down to the midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve—there’s no shortage of cozy setups for holiday romance in this captivating collection of short stories by a dozen of today’s top YA authors. Readers will also find a broad cross-section of other emotions and relationships in these tales about the significance of varied holiday traditions. Jenny Han delivers a fantasy-tinged entry about a Korean girl left as an infant in Santa’s sleigh, who is now the only human girl at the North Pole (and crushing on a cute elf). Kelly Link delves into supernatural territory, featuring a mysterious Christmas Eve visitor in an elegantly embroidered coat. And the Jewish narrator of David Levithan’s story undertakes a wild nighttime mission, donning a Santa suit to help preserve a sense of Christmas magic for his boyfriend’s young sister. A rare seasonal treat. Ages 13–up.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from September 15, 2014
    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 Pena'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. Although the majority of characters are white, Christian and straight, clearly attention has been paid here to the call for greater diversity in teen fiction. 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. (Short stories. 12-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from October 1, 2014

    Gr 7 Up-Twelve of the best-loved and best-known young adult authors-Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, and Matt de la Pena among them-have contributed stories to this appealing collection. Most have a Christmas setting, but Hanukkah, the winter solstice, and New Year's Eve are also represented. Most are realistic, but Holly Black, Kelly Link, Jenny Han, and Laini Taylor have contributed tales steeped in fantasy or the supernatural. What all 12 selections have in common is teen romance at its most fragile and meaningful. Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.-Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus (starred review)

    "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."

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "There's no shortage of cozy setups for holiday romance in this captivating collection of short stories...a rare seasonal treat."
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