Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Contemporary, Short Stories, YA
Goodreads 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.
When I first read My True Love Gave To Me a couple years ago, I loved it. It was perfect for the holiday season. When Summer Days and Summer Nights was announced, I had to get my hands on the book as soon as possible. I saw a couple of mixed reviews on Summer Days and Summer Nights, and from what I saw it was not as hyped up like other books. All I have to say is wow…I really didn’t expect to take a month to finish a book. It wasn’t even long. The best way to describe the overall reading experience was meh.
There were a couple of stories that did stand out from the twelve. For example, Leigh Bardugo’s Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail was one of my favorites. It stood out because of the creepy atmosphere, and it was interesting all together. I would have loved for it to be standalone and longer. Another one of the strong stories had to be The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman
There were a couple of weak stories such as Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block…It had no plot whatsoever, and it was one of the depressing one from the bunch. I thought it didn’t fit in the stories format. What I liked from Summer Days and Summer Nights is that most of the stories weren’t contemporary. Cassandra Clare’s Brand New Attraction, had an interesting premise, though what’s up with the almost incest (cousins falling in love with each other). Although I did find myself enjoying a couple of the stories, Summer Days and Summer Nights didn’t have a lasting impression on me. It was enjoyable for only the time being and I don’t feel that I would reconsider rereading it.
- Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Magical story that would have been amazing if it weren’t a short story.
- The End of Love by Nina Lacour ⭐️⭐️
- It was cute, but definitely felt like it had a lot going to it.
- Last Stand At the Cinegore by Libba Bray ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- I loved the creepy atmosphere, this one didn’t really have a summer-ish feel to it. It was more of a horror story that would have been perfect if it was in a Halloween anthology.
- Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block ⭐️
- Skip this story. Skip. It.
- In Ninety Minutes Turn North by Stephanie Perkins ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Though the story was definitely gushy and cute, but somehow this one didn’t have a “effect” on me.
- Souvenirs by Tim Federle ⭐️⭐️
- This one was a bit depressing, and the narrator made it hard to like him.
- Inertia by Veronica Roth ⭐️⭐️
- One of odd ones from the bunch. The world building was cool, but it was a bit confusing. This one could have been a standalone, and I didn’t feel the chemistry between the characters.
- Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- A bit cheesy, but this one was really cute. It felt like a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Several pairings, but this one had a definite summer feel.
- Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- POV characters! Diversity! There is chemistry between the characters, and this one felt one very relatable, though I wish this one were longer.
- Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare ⭐️⭐️
- Again, this one had a Halloween feel to it. I’m not a huge fan of the incest, but interesting premise.
- A Thousand Ways this Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Loved how the author portrays autism. Cute romance.
- The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Basically like Groundhog Day, and this was my second favorite story from the bunch. I liked the two protagonists and their adventures. It was a bit sad at times.
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️