Published by: St. Martin's Griffin on May 17, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door
One Line: Sweet and simple love stories. A perfect summer read!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
There are good and bad things about anthologies and I think as long as you keep this in mind going into, then you’ll appreciate it for what it is.
The good: Reading a bunch of short stories, some from your favorite authors, all based on a common theme so you get a well-rounded reading experience.
The bad: There’s not much depth in any of the stories and you just have to take them at face value. It’s basically just a couple pages in the life of a particular set of characters.
With that said, I’ve been waiting awhile to read this book. Granted, I haven’t read Perkins other anthology, despite owning two versions of it, but I’ve heard good things. I wanted a chance to check out at least one of them, and this was the perfect time to dive into this since summer is coming up. All in all, I really enjoyed this as a whole. Sure, there were certain stories I didn’t care for, but there were others that I really, truly enjoyed. The best part of it was that I discovered some new-to-me authors whose writing style I really liked. I feel like that’s one of the purposes of short stories, it gives you a taste of what an author can produce, a sampling if you will, and it’s definitely spurred me into checking out more books from some of these authors.
Each story was short and simple. Love in the summer. Can’t get much sweeter than that. A lot of these couples do have hurdles to overcome, but generally speaking, each story had its sweet and tender moments that could easily make any reader smile with delight.
Some readers might be tempted to pick and choose based on authors they like, but I recommend you give each story a chance, they’re short enough that you can. It’s a good mix of contemporary with paranormal and some diverse characters. If you’re looking for a quick and mindless (in a good way) summer read, then pick this up!