It seemed impossible to review this volume of short stories in one post, but here I am– trying. Please keep in mind that I’m sure one review can’t do this collection justice, as each story has such fun quirks and it would be easy (but time consuming) to review each one individually.
Purchasing this book was a bit uncharacteristic for me. While I love short stories, I admittedly hadn’t bought a book of them since college. But with the Arizona summer heat settling in, and a collection of stories from such wonderful YA authors, it was too hard to pass up.
I get so wrapped up in each story I find myself always wanting more. I think that’s my trouble with short stories. The desire for more backstory, more details, more development– it’s always in me. So these little blips of love stories that are so easy to gobble up, I have a little heartache wishing for more.
With so many great contributing authors, I don’t want to pick and choose since each author has his/her own style, and each story is great for different reasons. But in the first five stories, I have to say that Libba Bray’s Last Stand at the Cinegore had me laughing out loud the most.
Here is what Goodreads has to say about the book:
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.
Overall, if you are looking for something to read before the end of the summer, this should be it. These summer romances are perfect for long, sunny days lounging on the beach.
(Or, in my case, acting like you’re in hibernation until “normal” summer temperatures arrive. Thanks a lot, Arizona.)