- Page Count: 400
- Release Date: May 17, 2016
- My Rating: 3 stars
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 absolutely loved the My True Love Gave to Me collection of holiday stories, but this one seemed really depressing in comparison. Too many stories were about getting over breakups, death, depression, and/or lives that were falling apart. Not really the fluffy, lighthearted summer read I was expecting. There was also a weird amount of carnivals + demons?
Anyways, my average rating was around a 3, but there were a few stories that really stood out! Here’s the breakdown:
- Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars
This had such an awesome bizarre fairy tale feeling to it — I just love everything Leigh Bardugo writes.
- The End of Love by Nina LaCour: 4 stars
A sweet short lesbian romance that really worked.
- Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray: 3 stars
Went in a really odd direction. Horror movies aren’t really my thing, so I wasn’t too into it. But it was still very well written!
- Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block: 1 star
Boring, incredibly depressing, and didn’t read easily.
- In Ninety Minutes Turn North by Stephanie Perkins: 3.5 stars
I LOVED Marigold and North’s story in the last book, so it was mostly just fun to see these characters again. But most of the story was a bit depressing and unclear about why they had even broken up in the first place.
- Souvenirs by Tim Federle: 1.5 stars
Kind of annoying… didn’t really get into it or like the characters very much. And I also hate when characters with food allergies end their story/growth by deciding to “take the risk” of eating that food because they’ve decided to finally live. Yay freedom. Like no… it does not work like that. Ugh
- Inertia by Veronica Roth: 4 stars
I didn’t really connect with the characters, but this one really stood out for its super creative concept. It had kind of a sci-fi feeling that could easily fit into a longer dystopian book.
- Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron: 3 stars
I loved the resort setting and how many characters there were, but was this like a retelling of something I didn’t catch or why did was the dialogue so awkward?
- Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert: 3 stars
This one was another pretty depressing story, but hooray for more PoC and LGBTQ representation.
- Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare: 1.5 stars
The setting was ok, but the rest was boring & weird. Also, WHAT IS WITH THIS AUTHOR’S FIXATION ON BORDERLINE-INCEST INSTALOVE?! Oh, and demons.
- A Thousand Ways this Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith: 5 stars
This one was definitely my favorite!! The romance actually worked, everything was cute, and I loved the characters. It’s nice to see more realistic representations of autism too. This was the only one I really wished could’ve been a full novel.
- The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman: 5 stars
Ok this one was seriously awesome. The day keeps repeating itself so these 2 characters go around making a map of all the perfect things that they can return to each day like a cool cloud, a bird catching a fish, etc. Really uplifting, unique, and weirdly inspirational.