How I Read It: Print
How I Found It: Amazon
Merry Christmas! For those of you that don’t celebrate Christmas, don’t worry, not all of these stories are Christmas related! I am going to give a quick synopsis for each of the stories in this collection, and then give my final thoughts once I have finished all of them.
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
This is kinda awkward. I actually read this last year, so check out the review!
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link
Miranda spends Christmas every year at Honeywell Hall with her godmother, Elspeth and her son, Daniel. When she was 11 years old, Miranda saw a man standing outside in the snow on Christmas night. She finds out his name is Fenny and that he can only be here when it is snowing on Christmas. Following many Christmases, we watch as Miranda grows up and progresses through puberty with Fenny and Daniel Honeywell bringing temptation every year.
Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Peña
Shy is staying in New York to catsit for his boss. The only other person in the building is a young lady named Haley. After an issue with Haley’s shower results in her showering at Shy’s boss’s apartment, they quickly begin to get to know each other. But the number of days until Christmas is narrowing down, and outside responsibilities need to be remembered.
Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han
During his trip in South Korea, a baby was left in Santa’s sleigh. He ended up adopting the baby, Natalie, and raising her as an elf. She developed a crush on Flynn, a “fellow” elf. Natalie went with Santa while on his trip, and ended up meeting a boy named Lars while in Sweden. Natalie mentioned that she kissed Lars to the other elves, and a mean girl named Elinor began spreading that Natalie was lying. It seems like Flynn is interested in Elinor, which is killing (metaphorically) Natalie, which leads to a crazy ending that hits sooooo hard.
It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
Marigold dreams of being an animator. While looking at Christmas trees, she ended up hearing a voice that she HAS to have in her animation project. That voice was attached to North Drummond, the son of the owner. After purchasing a Christmas tree on a whim, North carries it back to her home. Finding it covered in moving boxes, he promises to help her in order to fit the tree into the apartment. Following one night, we follow 2 young people as the learn more about themselves and each other.
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan
The narrator is pretending to be Santa for his boyfriend’s little sister, and we follow his night as he tries to convince her that he is delivering the presents under the tree. This one is a really short story about what we are willing to do for the people that we love.
Krampuslauf by Holly Black
Look man, it’s a Holly Black story. It’s creepy and weird. The narrator is within a group of friends that is trying to protect their friend from getting her heart broken. The decide to throw a New Year’s Eve party where they will confront that guy and the girl he is cheating with. She met a guy at a charity run and he also got invited to the party. Then things get magical and weird and it’s crazy but also makes complete sense if you have read anything by Holly Black.
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman
Sophie comes across a gathering of Christmas sweaters and caroling. Feeling completely out of place as the Jew, she finds comfort in making fun of the experience with a guy named Russell. Soon, they find themselves on a wild date filled with Hanukkah candles, apple pie with cheese, and Rolling Stones.
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire
After a prank gone wrong, Vaughn finds himself rebuilding and organizing the nativity pageant. The problem? Her has to work with his crush, who is the daughter of the pastor, his enemy, and the pastor himself. But when things start to go awry, he has to come up with a back up plan (or twenty) in order to keep the pageant going, and maybe get a girlfriend, too.
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
Christmas, CA isn’t really a town, more like a census designated area. It also is where Maria lives. She works in a Christmas themed diner that her mother owns, lives in her mother’s boyfriend’s house, and definitely doesn’t have a crush on the new cook, Ben. When Ben starts making foods for everyone that they absolutely love, Christmas cheer begins to spread in the town. In a story about love, sacrifice, and finding your happy, this story is so sweet and endearing.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
Lydia is expected in New York City. But when she has to get on the plane, a Icelandic girl named Hulda is trying to get on the flight. Feeling bad for her and not really looking to go to NYC, she trades tickets with Hulda. Turns out, Hulda is a foreign exchange that is in a relationship with Ethan, and she is staying with Ethan’s aunt. Stuck in a really small town called Bethlehem, OK, Lydia learns the meaning of home and what being happy actually means.
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Okay, so this one is really weird so bear with me. There is this girl Neve, who is essentially a slave to this town. They have a tradition where men need to leave gifts for girls every advent (the 24 days before Christmas) to ask them out (?) or prove their love. Anyway, the preacher, who is super creepy, picks Neve to be his girl. Neve, not wanting to be his, calls on the Dreamer to come and save her. The Dreamer is a god who originally was in the land but humans banished him by burying him underground where he has been sleeping for the past 2 centuries. When he is awakened, he now is battling with the preacher for Neve’s love. It’s weird and confusing, but I think that is the gist of the story, so yea.
There are some that I really liked and some that were really weird, but overall I really enjoyed reading this. It took A LOT longer than I thought, but I think that is due in large part with the contrasting styles of all the authors. But I could see myself picking this up and reading it again (or at least certain stories)!
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