I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins, Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Jennifer E. Smith
Also by this author: Anna and the French Kiss, Isla and the Happily Ever After, My True Love Gave To Me, Summer Days and Summer Nights, Beauty Queens, Lair of Dreams, Clockwork Angel, Everything Leads to You, We Are Okay, Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, The Geography Of You And Me, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 17th 2016
Genres: Anthologies, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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 Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins was the perfect way to kick off summer. Some of the short stories held the promise of happiness, love, and sunshine while others were a more realistic reminder of the fact that not every summer day was going to have sunshine and that there was a possibility that one day it might all end. It was a good mixture of both of these kinds of stories while also including an array of other characteristics including sexuality, social class, and location. I enjoyed how diverse it was and how each author brought their own blend to the anthology.
The fun thing about anthologies is that I’m able to both discover and rediscover authors. It is like a fun little treasure hunt because each time I read a story by an author I’m not familiar with I often look up to see what other things the author has written. It is a fantastic way to discover new authors while also falling in love once again with the author who has always been right there for you.
If I had to pick the story that touched me the most in Summer Days and Summer Nights:Twelve Love Stories, I would have to go with Inertia by Veronica Roth. The whole concept is about memories and the human connection within them. It is beautiful crafter and really makes you think. I read this particular story on a bus traveling back from NYC, and I admit I had to fight back tears a couple of times. Especially at that ending – wonderfully done!
This is not to say I didn’t enjoy the other stories because I did. Like I said, they were all different and enjoyable in their own way. I really liked how each story had its own voice – and that there were no carbon copies. But it is human nature and my personal preference to like certain ones more. Regardless of this though, I’m still excited that Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories brought so many new authors into my life. Who knows, maybe it will be a case of true love!