author: Stephanie Perkins and others
title: Summer Days and Summer Nights
publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
publication date: May 17th, 2016
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.
Summer Days and Summer Nights includes twelve short stories that turned out to be better than I actually thought. It’s the first anthology I’ve ever read in my life. I’ve never really been a big fan of short stories. It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to characters I’ve become attached to too early. But this was a great collection of short stories which I (almost) all loved. It’s diverse, creative, funny and sad. It includes contempoary short stories, also fantasy stories, sad and fun stories, thought-provoking stories – even though the cover looks all cute and summerly the book and its stories tackles a lot of important issues.
So here are my ratings for each of the stories:
„Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail“ by Leigh Bardugo – 3/5
This was a very nice story to start with. I’ve never read one of Leigh Bardugo’s books before and I discovered her writing style to be somewhat poetic but still pretty easy to read. I really enjoyed the fairytalish atmosphere and the story itself with an ending I didn’t see coming. She definitely surprised me with her story and even though I didn’t fell in love with the characters or loved the story as much as I hoped I really enjoyed this one and I’m definitely going to check out her other books as well.
„The End of Love“ by Nina Lacour – 4.5/5
This story blew me away to be honest and the only reason I’m giving it 4.5 stars and not 5 is there was one story that I liked even better but as soon as I read the first couple of sentences I fell in love with Nina Lacour’s writing style. It’s literally amazing. „The End of Love“ is a lovely lesbian romance about a girl whose parents are divorcing so she’s trying to get out of the house as much as she can by attending summer school where she meets „old“ friends again. It’s so sweet and touching and I loved every single thing about it. I’m definitely going to buy her other books as well. Can’t wait to read more from her.
„Last Stand At the Cinegore“ by Libba Bray – 2/5
This one was really weird to me to be honest. It didn’t work as well for me as the other stories. And that says somebody who actually really loves zombie and demons but this story was just all over the place. I didn’t really get the humour to be honest. It wasn’t the worst of all stories but it wasn’t the best either. I really didn’t like it that much.
„Sick Pleasure“ by Francesca Lia Block – 3/5
This story was seriously so depressing and for my taste doesn’t really belong in this collection. It was well written and all but it definitely wasn’t a summer read or anything. I liked the story; I did and it ended totally unexpected. I really enjoyed her writing style but what got me all confused (at least in the beginning) was that Francesa Lia Block didn’t use real names for her characters but only letters instead. Does she usually do this? I’ve never heard of her before so I’ve never read one of her books but I’m really curious. I might check out her books though. Even though it was very depressing it was also kinda good.
„In Ninety Minutes Turn North“ by Stephanie Perkins – 4/5
This one was soo good, it was amazing and made me so emotional. I loved everything about this story and it made me want to read all of Stephanie Perkins books like right now. It was such a cute and adorable read and I squealed more than once whilst reading it.
„Souvenirs“ by Tim Federle – 5/5
I would give this story a million stars if I could. IT WAS SO GOOD. Of course it’s a sad story, it’s „break-up day“ for Matt and Kieth before they go different ways. The characters were amazing and well developed in the very small amount of pages. This story left me with so many emotions, I was in tears when I finished it. I think I reread the story twice already and I cannot get enough of Matt and Kieth. Tim Federle’s writing style is amazing; he is a genius and even though I haven’t read more by him than this short story he’s a total add to my favorite author list and I immediately ordered all his books because damn I’m in love.
„Inertia“ by Veronica roth – 2/5
While reading it I was sure that one was going to be my least favorite story of them all. Even though I like sci-fi it just felt like another Tris and Four story. I was so confused at the beginning and didn’t quite like it. The only thing that did not made me dislike the story even more was the romance between the main characters. The ending was really cute but apart from that most of the story was pretty boring.
„Love is the last Resort“ by Jon Skovron – 1/5
Okay so this really was my least favorite story of all twelve. I couldn’t even finish it which mainly was because of the writing style, I just couldn’t deal with it and I couldn’t focus on anything. I’m really sorry but I really did not like this one.
„Good Luck and Farewell“ by Brandy Colbert – 4/5
The story starts off as a summerly read, opens up on a Chicago beach but it soon turns out to be a story about grief, depressing and race, which are such important topics. It’s about love in so many different forms – it was great and I really enjoyed this one because it was so different than all the others.
„Brand New Attraction“ by Cassandra Clare – 4/5
Cassandra Clare actually was the reason I wanted to read this book. She’s my favorite author of all time and I really wanted to see which short story she decided to add to this collection and even though I expected something different, I really really enjoyed this one. It’s not actually a real summer read to me to be honest and I would have loved to read something contemporary by her for a change but maybe that’s just not really her genre so who cares? Everything she writes is amazing anyway. I really liked the world Cassandra Clare created in the small amount of pages. I loved her characters, the atmosphere – I’m a fan of the creepy glow of carnivals. I really enjoyed this one. Cassandra Clare just never disappoints.
„A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong“ by Jennifer E. Smith – 4/5
This story definitely was unexpected. I thought it was like a standard romance but it wasn’t. It was full of surprises and the characters were great. I could read a whole book about them and it also included such an important topic. Really enjoyed this one.
„The Map of Tiny Perfect Things“ by Lev Grossman – 2/5
I didn’t quite like this one mostly because I didn’t like Margaret – at all. She was annoying and weird and even though the story was somewhat emotional and heartbreaking and the ending was cute too I didn’t like it much. I liked the fact that the story kind of reminds us that it’s very important to enjoy every second of our lives and that every day is a gift but for whatever reason it just did not work for me.
So as you can see I overall really enjoyed the whole book. I enjoyed some of the stories more than others but I’m so glad I picked this one up and if you are into short stories I could really really recommend this to you. To everyone who has read it: What was your favorite story?