Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephenie Perkins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published May 17th, 2016
Genres: Anthologies, YA, Romance
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Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.
I’ve been wanting to read this for so long! But I try to always save it for summer and it never happens… Well, I’m finally doing it! So… I hope you enjoy some summer mini-reviews!
Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo – 5 stars
This was so good. And surprisingly bittersweet… I was kind of thinking this book was gonna be all happy like the Christmas one, but this was so much better than I was expecting! It was also incredibly unique. This is all about a mythical creature in the lake of a small town. Also, that end was beautiful! You gotta love Leigh Bardugo’s short stories…
The End of Love by Nina LaCour – 4 stars
I found this one really sweet. It’s about a girl whose parents are divorcing and she escapes by going to a summer school where she ends up finding friendship. There’s a super cute lesbian romance in it, and I just loved the way it was written. It was very touchy and completely gripping.
Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray – 2 stars
This one was not my thing. It’s mainly about horror movies turned real, with some humor that was not at all my type, and not that much romance. My main problem was that I didn’t connect with it or the characters.
Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block – 4 stars
This one has some 80s vibes and it weirdly gives the characters’ names as single letters. But it was also SO unexpectedly good. I really liked the writing and how slow but gripping it was. It was definitely nothing like what I expected.
In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins – 5 stars
This was actually a continuation to the story “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” in the “My True Love Gave to Me” anthology. That was one of the stories in my top 5 from the last book and when I started this one I was automatically excited. This was absolutely amazing. It made me cry and laugh and I just love these characters so much!!
Souvenirs by Tim Federle – 2 stars
This wasn’t my favorite and it’s quite a bittersweet story right from the beginning. It’s a break-up story with a gay romance, the interesting part is that the break-up is already set to happen from the start… I really liked the writing but it didn’t really touch as much as I hoped. It also has some Dickens’ references throughout. I did really enjoy the connection Matt had with his mother tho. It was super cute!
Inertia by Veronica Roth – 3 stars
At first, I wasn’t really sure about this one. It feels a bit like Divergent style in terms of entering people’s dreams, but it was such a sweet story and it made me quite emotional at the end. It was definitely unique and I ended up actually enjoying it.
Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron – 4 stars
This was a really cute story with some matchmaking in between. It’s a story with more than one romance in it – it has actually three, which I was surprised by since the story is quite short. Overall, it was really adorable, fluffy and light.
Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert – 3.5 stars
That was cute. It’s about a girl dealing with the grief of losing her mother, and the grief of her cousin (who has been like a mother to her) moving away with her girlfriend. It’s a sweet story with some cute romance in it, but more than that, it touches also themes like mental health and race.
Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare – 4 stars
This one was really fun but not what I call summery other than the fact that it’s passed during it. It’s about an amazing dark carnival, with a demon at its center. I’m not sure it’s in the right anthology tho… I didn’t care much for the romance but I loved the descriptions and the darkness of it. The main character was also really interesting and I really enjoyed her determination and family love. But like I said, I’m pretty sure this would have been better in some other type of anthology more on the darker side.
A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith – 5 stars
This is one of my favorites. It made me cry and smile and it was SO freaking adorable! I loved how sweet and emotional it was. I loved the main characters and the mental illness rep in here. I totally saw it coming but that did not diminish how excited and in love I was with the story. Such a summer-y and adorable romance!
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman – 4.5 stars
This was such a good one! I loved how interesting and emotional it was. I was not expecting this story at all but it stole my heart. It made me think and try to figure out what was going on, only to reach the end and be dumbstruck. I don’t wanna say anything more than it’s a story passed on a repeating 4th of August (as in every day is the same day, nothing changes). It’s clever, emotional and provoking.
There are stories here that are truly incredible and they will leave you tense and creeped out for sure.
My top stories are A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong, In Ninety Minutes, Turn North, Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail and The Map of Tiny Perfect Things.
Those are exceptionally beautiful and I would highly recommend reading them!
Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!