Title: Summer Days and Summer Nights
Editor: Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Synopsis: 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 received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo
I just finished the first book I have ever read by Leigh, Six of Crows, so I was very excited to read this story. This story starts out with a girl witnessing something she cannot explain. She goes to the local Dairy Queen for answers and ends up finding love.
The End of Love by Nina LaCour
A quick and sweet romance that involves geometry and camping. There is a family conflict that is lightly discussed, but I do wish it dug a little deeper.
Last Stand at the Cinegor by Libba Bray
An old theatre that plays horror films and scary creatures are involved. I actually did not finish this one because I am a wimp and I don’t do scary.
Sick Pleasures: For A and U by Francesca Lia Block
Everyone’s names in this story is a letter. This caused me a bit of confusion and I have some trouble remembering who was who.
In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins
A girl is attempting to convince her ex-boyfriend to move in with her. This story about second chance love was absolutely adorable and I loved it.
Souvenirs by Tim Federle
This story takes place in an amusement park. This particular couple has a planned break up date and today is that day. I would have enjoyed this couple except for the fact that I thought one of the characters in this story was a bit awful.
Inertia by Veronica Roth
There is a intriguing sic-fi element to this story and I really enjoyed it. Before people die, hospital’s allow the dying person a last visitation. Their conscious and someone else’s conscious can be linked and they can share time together before one dies.
Love Is The Last Resort by Jon Skovron
This story is set at a resort and told in such a unique way. The characters were fun and quirky and I could not stop smiling the entire time I read this one.
Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert
The main character in this story is having trouble with he fact that her cousin, the only person who has ever “got” her, is moving across the country.
Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare
This story is about a young girl who lives and travels with a dark circus troupe. This one had some more scary creatures in it so I just couldn’t go on.
A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith
I am a fan of Jennifer Smith (who isn’t) and this story was a classic Smith story. Cute, sweet, and just right.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman
A boy wakes up one day and everyday begins on a repeat. Everyday is now August 4th. He meets a girl who happens to be experiencing the same thing.
The wonderful things about anthologies is that there is something for everyone. Anyone can pick up this book and find at least one story they enjoy. So many of these stories are wonderful and I can definitely see myself reading more anthologies in the future.
4 out of 5 stars
Meet The Editor
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.