Editor: Stephanie Perkins
Authors: Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: May 17, 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.Firstly, I want to point your attention to the cover of this book. Click on it. Make it bigger. If that isn’t enough to get you to read it, I don’t know what is, because it’s pretty damn gorgeous.
Unfortunately, the cover was probably my favorite part of this book.
Each story is written by a different author, and each author is pretty recognizable, so I thought there would be at least one that I really liked. Sadly, I was left disappointed. There were stories that I enjoyed more than others, of course, (namely “The End of Love” by Nina LaCour, “In Ninety Minutes, Turn North” by Stephanie Perkins, and “A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong” by Jennifer E. Smith), but none stood out to me as special or particularly memorable.
What this book is good for, however, is summer vacationing. Each story is (fairly) light and easy to get through, and, as evidenced by the title, each is centered around a summer romance. It’s the perfect book to bring to the beach or to read beside the swimming pool. I also love to bring anthologies with me while travelling just because I know I’ll be reading in quick bursts, and short stories are perfect for this.
After reading this book, I’m not left with much to say about it. It was a good one to start off my summer with, though, and I feel much more ready to get back into reading now.
This is a really short review, but that in itself is pretty telling of how I feel about this book. I’m not left with much to say after reading it. It was a good book to start off my summer with, though, and I feel much more ready to get back into reading now. It’s good, but it’s nothing to write home about.
My rating: 3.5/5 badly drawn books