Summer Days, Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Days & Summer NightsSummer Days, Summer Nights

Authors: Stephanie Perkins (Editor), Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev GrossmanNina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon SkovronJennifer E. Smith

Genre: Young Adult, Short Stories, Contemporary

Originally Published: May 17th 2016

Format: Hard Cover (384pages)

Goodreads:        Book

Synopsis: This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. Includes: Leigh Bardugo, Nina LaCour, Libba Bray, Francesca Lia Block, Stephanie Perkins, Tim Federle, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer E Smith, Lev Grossman.

My Rating: ★★★★

I really enjoyed myself whilst reading this anthology. I wasn’t expecting such a range of stories. This anthology is so diverse: stories about gay and lesbian relationships, disabilities, mental health and that’s not to mention the range of backgrounds and relationships. It is too difficult to pick a single favourite story so I’ve broken my review down into short comments about each of the twelve stories in the collection.

Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo– I loved this short story from Leigh. I love her writing style and this story was so atmospheric and beautifully written. It felt like a fairy tale of its own. The edge of fantasy to it was great and I thought this was a great start to the anthology! 4.5 stars

The End of Love by Nina LaCour – This is a touching story about Flora, a young girl with divorcing parents. In a bid to escape her home she decides to attend summer school. Embarking on new friendships and giving in to her romantic feelings for Mimi. A touching and sweet glimpse into a lesbian relationship. I really liked this one, especially Flora as a character. 4 stars

Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray – This story is very different from the previous too and it felt kind of lacking in romance (if I’m completely honest). It is a quirky and silly story giving a nod to classic horror movies. It just wasn’t really my cup of tea. 2 stars

Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block – This was an odd and depressing little story which made me feel a little indifferent on the most part. I didn’t like the use of letters instead of names as I found it impersonal but the story itself had an interesting message. (I want to point out that there is mention of drug taking and sex in this story.) 2 stars

In Ninety Minutes Turn North by Stephanie Perkins – Aw well I absolutely loved this story! It is definitely the sweetest romance story in the anthology so far and I loved both Marigold and North. I’ve not read the first anthology so came into this short as a new reader and I thought it was very sweet, touching and it felt real. What a lovely story! 4.5 stars

Souvenirs by Tim Federle – This is by far the saddest story in the collection so far (which is not what I expected in this anthology at all!). This is a story about a summer romance and the ‘breakup day’ at the end. This is a bittersweet story about Matt and Kieth’s gay relationship. Matt’s character was very well developed and it left me feeling a little emotional at the end. 3 stars

Inertia by Veronica Roth – Ahh this was such a treat! I loved this sci-fi short from Roth. It had a very Divergent feel to it but was also completely different at the same time. I loved the concept of ‘Last Visitation’ even if it was tinged with great sadness but I just loved how this story turned out. We learnt a lot about the characters and their feelings in a short time. Great! 4.5 stars

Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron – This short story was absolutely hilarious! For such a short story there were a few too many characters but due to the good writing, this wasn’t a big problem. I loved the concept of the holiday resort team matchmaking the clients and I genuinely laughed out loud on more than a few occasions. A great story! 4 stars

Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert – I really liked this story. It was a touching story about loss but just as equally about hope and moving on. I thought the story was really well told and I really liked how the relationship between Rashida and Pierre developed. This was a really heartwarming little read. 4 stars

Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare – Hm, this one fell a little flat for me. I just wasn’t really feeling the romantic relationship that was created between Lulu and Lucas. On the other hand, I fell in love with the carnival and thought Clare did a great job with her descriptions here. I could have happily read a longer story about the carnival itself. 2 stars

A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith – I really, really enjoyed this story. I thought the way in which we see the characters develop was done in a really special and delicate way. I especially loved how more information was revealed about Griffin as the story progressed and I found it to be a really heartwarming and honest little story. 4 stars

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman – This story developed into so much more than I was expecting it to be. I wasn’t sure about it at first but it only took a few pages for me to completely enraptured by the repeating day and the moments of perfection. A very well structured story with an emotional, bittersweet ending that seemed so perfect. 4 stars

Final Thoughts

All in all I think there is really something in this anthology for everyone. From straight out fluffy romance, to some emotional angst and features from the world of sci-fi and fantasy. You won’t be disappointed!

Have you read Summer Days, Summer Nights? What did you think? 

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6 responses to “Summer Days, Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

  1. It is a really good anthology. I think my views were pretty similar. Highlights were definitely Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth and Leighton Bardugo and Cassandra Clare was a little disappointing. I think she tried to cram too much in. A simpler story would have worked better. The first anthology is also good. Has a great story by Rainbow Rowell.

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  2. One of the reasons I like short stories collections is that in one book you will get all the different characters and themes. If done right, it can be an amazing experience to read through all those different stories.

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