Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
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 twelve brand new short stories from:
• Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss, My True Love Gave To Me)
• Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, The Grisha Trilogy)
• Francesca Lia Block (Love in the Time of Global Warming)
• Veronica Roth (The Divergent Trilogy)
• Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy)
• Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments Series)
• Jennifer E. Smith (The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love, The Geography of You and Me)
• Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty)
• Tim Federle (The Great American Whatever)
• Nina LaCour (Everything Leads to You, You Know Me Well)
• Jon Skovron (Misfits, Man Made Boy)
• Brandy Colbert (Pointe)
SUMMER DAY AND SUMMER NIGHTS, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling 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.
I love a good anthology. There is just something so satisfying about seeing a bunch of wonderful authors sitting down to all write stories centering around a similar theme. It is instant gratification. As soon as you get done with one story, you know you have more great stories after. And with an editor like Stephanie Perkins and authors like Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith, how can you go wrong? Not to mention the theme is summer love. One of my very favorites for feel good romances. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I really, really enjoyed Summer Days & Summer Nights.
Summer Days & Summer Nights features 12 short stories. The book on a whole is about 400 pages, which seems long, but when you divide that into 12, you get about 33-34 pages per story, so you can breeze through each of them really quickly. I devoured this book, and what I found myself doing was reading a story or two here and there in between my full length novels, to spread out my fun and enjoyment.
What I liked most about Summer Days & Summer Nights is that it is a “small but thoughtfully curated” selection of stories that worked really well together. (and for anyone that has read the book, that is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite short stories in the anthology. I think I laughed for 3 straight minutes after reading it. I am still chuckling about it now…) The stories all worked well together, but at the same time, they were all very different. It was just a very fun book.I will say, that there were a surprising number of books on the more somber side, and even though most of them ended on a hopeful note it was certainly unexpected. I thought most, if not all, of the stories would be happy go lucky lighter reads. But I suppose that love is not always happy go lucky in real life. Still, I gravitated towards the lighter, happier stories in this one. (No surprise there.)
I still have not read the Christmas anthology, but after reading Summer Days & Summer Nights, I can’t wait. I have heard a few people say that the Christmas one is still their favorite, and that makes me even more excited because I thought this was a very strong anthology. That one must be kick ass!
Bottom line: Fans of anthologies, as well as fans of reading about all the sides and faces of love, should check out Summer Days & Summer Nights. I think there is a little something for everyone in these stories. I really enjoyed it.#SummerDaysandSummerNights by @naturallysteph @Lbardugo @francescablock @libbabray @cassieclare @JenESmith Click To Tweet #SummerDaysandSummerNights by @nina_lacour @VeronicaRoth @jonnyskov @TimFederle @leverus @brandycolbert Click To Tweet