Published by St. Martin's Press on May 17th 2016
Genres: Short Stories, Young Adult, YA, Romance
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 a copy of this book for review from the publisher. This does not influence my thoughts on the book or this review.
I loved Stephanie Perkins’ winter anthology, My True Love Gave to Me, and I knew I’d love her summer anthology. In the same vein as the first anthology, Summer Days & Summer Nights is a cute anthology perfect for a day at the beach or wanting to escape the harsh sun while reading all about it.
The authors in this anthology were just fantastic; Tim Federle and Nina LaCour wrote amazing LGBT romances, Stephanie Perkins delivered a follow-up to her short story from the first anthology, Lev Grossman created a wonderful and mind-bending world that was existential but deeply romantic, Jon Skorvon created a narrative that had more than one romance and much more.
I won’t review every single story because I don’t want to give away any details, the stories are short enough that I think part of the magic is discovering them. But I will say that I enjoyed most of the stories. I was pleasantly surprised by how some of the stories had elements of fantasy, but all the stories were deeply romantic.
Overall, I highly recommend Summer Days & Summer Nights to those looking for heart-warming and unique stories that are perfect for a day on the beach.