Summer Days And Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins

summer days and summer nights

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: Contemporary, Short Stories, YA

Links: Amazon | Goodreads

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.

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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: ⭐️⭐️

Yallwest 2015!

I went to Yallwest today! I was beyond excited when I first learned about it. I went with my boyfriend and had such a fun time! I got some of my books signed, but sadly not all of them! Anyways, I hope there will be another one next year 😀

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Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: Book Review

“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

I read Lola and the Boy Next Door last month, but I kept procrastinating on this book review. Ha ha. Anyways, I read Anna and the French Kiss and I loved it. Then I read “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” and loved it. I was really excited to read Lola and the Boy Next Door because I’ve read great reviews.

Goodreads Synopsis: Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Characters: Lola was a bit annoying in some of the chapters. She was very childish in the beginning of the book. I did not like her at all when I first began. I am glad that she had some character development, otherwise this book would have gotten a lower rating. She was indecisive, irritating, and impulsive, but despite her flaws, this book felt a little more realistic than Anna and the French Kiss. Moving onto Max, I liked him at the beginning. He was sweet and understanding when he was first introduced. He was likable, but I was just bothered by the whole “age” gap. The characters kept making such a big deal that Max was too old for Lola. I felt it was a bit ridiculous how everyone kept mentioning it as well. Another issue I had with Max is how he turned out to be a huge jerk. I wish he were introduced as a jerk instead of being a nice guy. I couldn’t hate him even after reading the whole breakup scene. Lastly, Cricket Bell, what can I say about Cricket Bell. He was adorable, awkward, and his mannerisms were cute. I loved how he kept drawing a star on his hand. I liked him a little more than Etienne. Sorry Etienne, Cricket Bell has my heart.

Commentary:  When Lola mentions the reason why she can’t like Cricket, I did roll my eyes. I felt that she could have tried listening to his side of the story. I thought the reason was going to be far much darker. I loved how Anna and Etienne were in the book. They had really cute moments and it’s amazing to see how the characters are connected. The major theme of this story is first love. She experienced pain and loss when the Bells moved away. She vowed never to fall for him again, but Lola was never over Cricket even when she was dating Max. Even though she kept reminding herself that Max was perfect for her, Cricket would forever be in her heart. Secondly, another main theme of the story was about second chances. I was rooting for Cricket the whole time. My heart was crushed when Lola told him that she had a boyfriend. He tried being friends with Lola, but it was impossible for him because he loved her and he couldn’t seem to get away from her. Andy and Nathan were my favorite characters in the book. The were funny and I couldn’t stop laughing at how they tried to encourage her to be with Cricket. Lastly, the ending was so cute and memorable. I would recommend this book because the romance is perfect, the story was amazing, and it was very realistic.

Final Thought: i can’t wait to read Isla and the Happily Ever After, and I’m crossing my fingers that Lola and Cricket, and Anna and Etienne make an appearance.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My True Love Gave To Me (Anthology): Book Review

Long, Cold Nights Are For Falling In Love

I finished my first book of the year which was “My True Love Gave To Me”, an anthology which was edited by Stephanie Perkins.  My mom got me the UK edition for Christmas! I really wanted to finish the book before my holiday vacation ended, but I ended up working for most of my vacation. At least I got to finish it before class started!
In this book, there are 12 stories by several young adult novels and all of the holidays deal with the holidays.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. I really wish this short story would have been longer. I read it three times and had fun with it. The romance was adorable.

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link 🌟. I liked the plot, but I did not like the protagonist. The protagonist was a bit of a brat. It was a bit confusing to read.

Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena 🌟🌟🌟. It was a cute story. I could relate with Shy (the protagonist), but I did find that the romance was a bit rushed.

Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. I found this story very memorable, and I liked the plot very much. I really wanted this story to be longer, and I found the ending of the story to be a little sad. Oh forbidden love.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. This short story was the one I was looking most forward to reading because I love Stephanie Perkins writing style. I totally ship Marigold and North, they had a cute romance! Again, I wish it were longer.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan 🌟🌟🌟. This story was the quickest read for me, and what the protagonist was doing for his boyfriend was adorable. It was about keeping childlike wonder alive, like believing in Santa Claus.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black 🌟🌟. This one was darker than the other stories. I liked the fantasy element and the protagonist was likable compared to the other characters.

What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman 🌟🌟🌟🌟. I liked Sophie Roth, she was awkward and funny. I’m glad that both Sophie and Russell had so much chemistry. I really could connect with Sophie’s character such as her feeling like a foreigner in a crowd of people.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire 🌟🌟🌟. Vaughn was able to redeem himself in the end of the story. I was glad that he realized that he was loved and not hated as he thought. This short story was more about second chances, than his relationship with Gracie.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. This story had to be my favorite and I really loved both Maria and Ben. They were the cutest couple, and I liked their chemistry. Ben was adorable while Maria was feisty, they were definitely a good match. This story made me really happy.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter 🌟🌟🌟. The romance was a bit rushed, but this story kinda reminded me of a lifetime movie. I was not expecting her to be famous at all, what a twist. It was heartwarming that Ethan’s family was open to having Lydia in their lives despite what the fact that she lied to them about being Huda (the Icelandic student).

The Girl Who Woke Up The Dreamer by Laini Taylor 🌟. I liked the magical element, but I had the hardest time reading and understanding the story. I felt that it didn’t match well with the holiday theme like the rest of the stories. It was definitely the most unique out of the bunch. I felt that it was more description than dialogue. The priest of the village was creepy, and the protagonist was okay.

Final Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3.5)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Book Review

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

I started Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins last week, and I had no idea what to expect about the book. I was really in the mood to read a cute romance book and the book is highly rated, so I decided to give it a try. I am so happy beyond words. Anna and the French Kiss was adorable and filled with a lot of teenage angst, and lastly it was perfect.

Synopsis: Anna Oliphant is sent away to the School of America in Paris for her senior year in high school. Her father is a best selling author and feels that Anna’s education should be spent away from Atlanta. Anna is afraid of being in a foreign land where she doesn’t know the language and thinks French stereotypes are accurate. She was sad to leave behind Bridgette and her major crush Toph. Anna feels lonely at first, but she is introduced to many new friends at her new school. Anna meets Etienne St. Clair, who becomes her new best friend while living in Paris. Throughout the book, Anna starts falling for Etienne, who is really handsome, likeable, charming, and popular, but he has a girlfriend. Anna tries really hard to ignore her feelings for him, but eventually she realizes that she loves him.

Characters: How could you not fall for Etienne St. Clair? He was born in America, has a British accent, and lives in France. I really adored his character, and his relationship with Anna. I have to agree that he was not the best boyfriend. He could have broken up with Ellie at the beginning when he realizes he has feelings for Anna, but then again, I love the overall pacing of the story. I liked Anna, she was cute and clumsy, and she went through many ups and downs with a lot of the characters. I did like the fallout between Bridgette and Anna, I had a feeling that she was going to get with Toph from beginning. The whole reunion scene during Anna’s Christmas break was dramatic, and I really felt bad for Anna. Anna and Etienne are so adorable together, I was really happy when they finally admitted their feelings to each other in the end. I liked the group of friends as well. I really felt bad for Meredith because I could relate to her. She did like Etienne and hoped to be in a relationship with him before Anna came to Paris, but I am glad that she was able to move on and accept their relationship. In a weird way, Anna’s father reminded me of Nicholas Sparks…and I couldn’t get that image from my head whenever he showed up in the book. I wish the book did include more of Ellie; I really wanted to see a fight against Anna and her. Lastly, Isla Martin, I will keep her character in mind till I read Isla and the Happily Ever After!

Setting: I really want to go to France and eat food. I loved the details of the whole scenery. I loved Anna and Etienne’s dates throughout the city. It was magical. If I am given the opportunity to go to Paris in the future, I will most definitely go to Point Zero!

Concluding thoughts: Why didn’t I read this book sooner when I was still a teenager? Also, I cannot wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door.

My rating for Anna and the French kiss is a 5 out of 5. 🙂