I’m a bit late with this review, but I got here in the end! Over Christmas, I took part in a read-along for I’ll Be Home for Christmas, a festive short story anthology with the theme of “home”, with my friends from The Little Contemporary Corner. We aimed to read one story a day (I got a bit behind – oops) from 11th to 24th December. I took part in a little blog tour for this which you can read here. I’ve already reviewed Juno Dawson’s short story, Homo for Christmas, and this time I’m back to review the whole book!
The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home.
Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah.
£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk.
The anthology has a whole range of stories. Some I loved, some were OK, and some I couldn’t finish. It’s one of the reasons I like anthologies of short stories. I could dislike some stories and love others, whilst others might have the complete opposite opinion! I’ll briefly review every story in the book, as well as the book as a whole.
If you’re not sure what the Short Story Challenge is, you can read all of the details here. I’m so happy with how this challenge is going so far. I almost expected nobody to join in, but it’s so amazing to see people having fun with it! Let’s find out about this month’s challenge!
Last Month’s Challenge
Last month’s Short Story Challenge was to write a story with the following prompt:
Your character is in high school. One of their classmates is always on their own and never seems to talk to anyone. Write from the perspective of your character and also from the perspective of the shy classmate.
There weren’t as many submissions than last month, but I loved them all (well, one of them was mine, and I must say – I’m pretty happy with mine too!) Again, like last time, it was so amazing to see how people interpreted the prompt – all three stories are totally different! Thank you to those who took part. Click on the button below to read last month’s stories – comment on this post and tell us which one is your favourite!
If you’ve been around for a while, you might have seen my reviews of Rise of the Shadow Stealers and The Nemesis Charm. They’re both part of The Firebird Chronicles series by Daniel Ingram-Brown, and I really like them!
So, when I found out that there were going to be extra short stories, I couldn’t wait to read them. Then, I also had the chance to listen to the Rise of the Shadow Stealers audiobook!
One of the festive books I read this year was My True Love Gave to Me, a selection of 12 festive short stories by a whole range of authors, and edited by Stephanie Perkins. It was so much fun to read! I read it as part of The Little Contemporary Corner‘s festive read-along. We aimed to read one story a day on the lead up to Christmas. I almost managed to succeed, finishing the final story on Boxing Day.
In this post, I’m going to share a mini-review of each story in the book. They’re only tiny snippets of what I thought, because they’re not really long enough for me to write an in-depth review. But I hope you enjoy it all the same!