Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
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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 heard that Stephanie Perkins was editing (and contributing to) another collection of young adult short stories, I was beyond ecstatic. I was a fan of My True Love Gave to Me and I’ve really come to love collections like this one.
This is a little hard for me to review since if I had the time, I’d review each story separately. Who knows, maybe I’ll get around to doing that eventually but today I’m just going to touch on the book as a whole!
- Authors: Summer Days and Summer Nights has a wide variety of authors, some I’ve read before and others that were new to me. It’s also great that it’s not just one genre represented. It didn’t hurt that a few of my favorite authors were included here (Leigh Bardugo, anyone?) I feel like readers who already love these authors will enjoy getting even a little bit more from them and if the book includes new authors for you, maybe you’ll find some new books to check out.
Okay, that’s really the only point I can make in a pros and cons review. The rest is just going to have to be more traditional. I tried but I just don’t know how to word it to make things fit with all the stories.
Let’s break it down here:
My favorite story would have to be Stephanie Perkins’ (no surprise there) but I also loved Brandy Colbert’s and Tim Federle’s and I’ve never read any of their books. I also really enjoyed Nina LaCour’s and look forward to reading more of her work. A few others that were up there on my list were Lev Grossman’s, Jennifer E. Smith’s, and Jon Skovron’s.
Stories that were right in the middle for me were Libba Bray’s and Francesca Lia Block’s. I’m not really a huge fan of either author so I didn’t know what to expect with these two which actually helped me like them more, I think. I went in with no expectations so they couldn’t really disappoint me. I know that’s sad but it’s true. I think if you enjoy either (or both) author you will like these stories from them.
I was let down a bit by both Leigh Bardugo and Cassie Clare’s stories. I think for Leigh Bardugo’s it had more to do with the subject than the author. I still love her writing but I wasn’t impressed with the story and just didn’t get into it. As for Cassie Clare, I think I’ve just read too much of her work and need a break from it all. I find her stories to be really fun and that’s what I expected from this one but it just didn’t hit the right note with me.
Overall, while Summer Days and Summer Nights had a few stories I didn’t love, I really did enjoy it as a whole. Overall, take some time to read through this one. Not only did I get the chance to read some new things from some of my favorite authors, I got to read a couple new authors (Lev Grossman is a new one for me) that I’ll have to check out more from now. Summer Days and Summer Nights really is the perfect book to take out with you on a summer day!