Book Review: Summer Days & Summer Nights

SummerDaysNightsSummer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on May 17, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Short Stories

Pages: 400 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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.


The thing about anthologies is that there are more opportunities to be disappointed within the pages. The reader is never going to love every single story with twelve different authors vying for attention. Summer Days & Summer Nights though provides a solid collection of love stories and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. With a diverse cast of characters, settings, and even genres these twelve definitely hit the right note.


Highlights

Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail

Well it’s no shock that Leigh Bardugo’s story was an absolute favorite. Gracie’s discovery of a possible lake monster leads her to a boy named Eli and from there the journey commences. Magical realism is such a wonderful thing when done well and of course Bardugo hits it out of the park. It’s the perfect mix of contemporary and fantasy and I loved ever minute of it.

In Ninety Minutes, Turn North

I love the fact that Stephanie Perkins returned to her characters from the holiday collection. It was fun to see where Marigold and North’s lives had taken them, how their relationship played out. It was definitely emotional but had plenty of charm and humor. The mountain and funicular setting was so inspired and it definitely added to the experience.

Inertia

Veronica Roth’s take on a future where loved ones can connect their consciousness to the dying definitely pulled me in. Learning about a relationship through shared memories was intriguing and it was definitely an intense story. Matt and Claire had quite a few struggles to overcome but I thought it was all handled so well.

Brand New Attraction

So Cassandra Clare had me at dark carnival powered by a demon. That’s so freaking cool! Mephit was amazing and I loved that this one felt like way more than a love story. The changing carnival, the threat from within, independent youths. All of it led Lulu and Lucas toward each other even though they started off on the wrong foot. It was all brilliant!

The End of Love

This is actually the first thing I’ve read from Nina LaCour and I really really enjoyed it. Flora is passionate about math, struggling with family issues, and just reunited with old friends. I enjoyed this for its commentary on complicate love as well as the camping trip that ignites a new relationship. It really captured the summer student atmosphere.


Overall I really enjoyed Summer Days & Summer Nights. There were only a couple of stories that fell flat for me but the highs totally made up for the lows. It’s a quick, fun read perfect for when the sun is shining brightly in the sky. I definitely recommend this anthology to everyone especially if the reader’s in the mood for a great summer read and swoon worthy romance.

So have you read Summer Days & Summer Nights? Do you like to read anthologies and short stories? Do you read them out of order? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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