Edited by Stephanie Perkins
· “Midnights,” by Rainbow Rowell. Read by Rebecca Lowman.
· “The Lady and the Fox,” by Kelly Link. Read by Fiona Hardingham.
· “Angels in the Snow,” by Matt de la Peña. Read by Henry Leyva.
· “Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me,” by Jenny Han. Read by Kim Mai Guest.
· “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown,” by Stephanie Perkins. Read by Samantha Quan.
· “Your Temporary Santa,” by David Levithan. Read by Dustin Rubin.
· “Krampuslauf,” by Holly Black. Read by Julia Whelan.
· “What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?” by Gayle Foreman. Read by Abby Craden.
· “Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus,” by Myra McEntire. Read by Lincoln Hoppe.
· “Welcome to Christmas, CA,” by Kiersten White. Read by Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez.
· “Star of Bethlehem,” by Ally Carter. Read by Shannon McManus.
· “The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer,” by Laini Taylor. Read by Ann Marie Lee.
“He says presents aren't important, but I think they are - not because of how much they cost, but for the opportunity they provide to say I understand you.”
― David Levithan, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Such a great collection of YA holiday romance stories from some of the best YA authors! Even the grumpiest Scrooge should find at least *one* title to tickle their fancy. There were a few hit and miss stories for me, but on the whole, it was a great way to get in the holiday mood.
A few thoughts on the stories:
Best title: Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus, by Myra McEntire
Most Swoon-worthy: It's a Yule-tide Miracle, Charlie Brown, by Stephanie Perkins
Most Real: Angels in the Snow, by Matt De La Pena
Most Magical: The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor
Most Abrupt Ending: Polaris is Where You'll Find Me, by Jenny Han
Best Narration: The Lady and the Fox, by Kelly Link, read by Fiona Hardingham
Easiest Story to Match to the Author (aka I could have named the author without knowing who wrote it ahead of time): Midnights, by Rainbow Rowell
Best Chemistry: Welcome to Christmas, CA, by Kiersten White
Of all the stories, I think my favorites would have to be Laini Taylor's and Kiersten White's. But I loved something about all of them and may have to make this compilation a yearly read.