Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories | Review

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Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories | ReviewSummer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins, Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Jennifer E. Smith
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 17, 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 388
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley

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 review:

This anthology is literally perfect for summer. The stories are all so interesting and it’s awesome because some of them are very summery and fun yet others are dark and twisted. The wide variety of authors were great because each one wrote in their own genre. I’d highly suggest picking this one up if you’d like something different for the summer!  

Reviews by story: 

Head, Scales, Tongue, Tale by Leigh Bardugo-5 stars
I haven’t ever read anything by Leigh Bardugo, but I have heard nothing but good things about all of her novels. It was exciting to finally read something by her, even though it was just a short story! I thought this was a perfect introduction story, especially because it’s about mermaids. It took me a while to figure that out, but I did eventually! I loved how creepy this one was at times, especially with that end twist.  

The End of Love by Nina LaCour-3 stars
For some reason I didn’t love this one that much, which was kind of sad for me because I have read and loved one of Nina’s books in the past. It follows a girl named Flora who is taking a summer geometry class that she had already taken just because she wants to be out of her house for the summer. I didn’t really connect with the characters much and therefore didn’t enjoy this one much.  

Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray-5 stars
I was so pumped that there was a short story by Libba Bray! I absolutely love her writing style because she’s so witty and hilarious. This short story as no exception! It takes place at a movie theater’s last open night and creepy things start to go down. So awesome! It was definitely one of my favorites from the anthology.  

Sick Pleasures by Francesca Lia Block-2 stars
I didn’t have the best of luck with this short story either. I had a hard time following the story because there were letters used instead of names, which was a bit confusing. By the time I finally could follow who all the characters were, the story was already over.  

In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins-5 stars
I love Stephanie’s romantic contemporaries, so I was quite excited for a short story by her! This one was so cute and amazing. I really felt for the characters, North and Marigold. I was rooting for them the whole time and I loved how emotional the story was.  

Souvenirs by Tim Federle-2 stars
I found this story to be alright, though I wasn’t completely blown away. It’s about Matty and Kieth, both of whom are dating. However, we meet them on their breakup day, which they had decided on a while ago. I really liked the message behind this one but didn’t enjoy it all that much.  

Inertia by Veronica Roth-5 stars
SO THIS WAS MY FAVORITE SHORT STORY. I really loved how it was futuristic, especially since I’m a huge science fiction fan. It’s about a girl named Claire whose ex-best friend Matthew was injured. In this future, people can choose others for their last visitation, which is basically their last chance to talk to their friends, but it’s through memories. It’s kind of hard to explain, but seriously, THIS ONE WAS AMAZING.  

Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron-4 stars
I enjoyed this one! It reminded me a lot of a romantic comedy which is perfect in the summer, at least in my opinion. It was kind of funny at times and I was just rooting for the different couples! It was great!  

Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert-3 stars
This story took place in Chicago, which I found pretty awesome. I liked the romance, but this story didn’t stick out too much to me.  

Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare-4 stars
I was so ecstatic for this story because I love City of Bones! This one happened at a carnival which was pretty awesome. I thought the story definitely had a Cassandra Clare touch. You’ll understand when you get the chance to read this one!  

A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith-4 stars
This was a short story by yet another author that I had heard awesome things about! I still haven’t read any of Jennifer’s books, but I know that I for sure will after this. The short story was cute and I really liked it! I think this was your typical summery romance, but I ate it up.  

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman-4 stars
I thought this story was very interesting. I liked how it had that special magical touch. This was my first read by Lev Grossman and I know that I’m going to be checking out The Magicians in the future!

About Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks and has worked as an editor for several national magazines. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old.

Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (and which later inspired her current pen name).

After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids where she reported on Brad and Angelina’s world travels and Britney Spears’ wardrobe malfunctions. She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again.

Cassie’s first professional writing sale was a short story called “The Girl’s Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord” in a Baen anthology of humor fantasy. Cassie hates working at home alone because she always gets distracted by reality TV shows and the antics of her two cats, so she usually sets out to write in local coffee shops and restaurants. She likes to work in the company of her friends, who see that she sticks to her deadlines.

City of Bones was her first novel.

About Francesca Lia Block

Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. She was named Writer-in-Residence at Pasadena City College in 2014. Her work has been translated into Italian, French, German Japanese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Portuguese. Francesca has also published stories, poems, essays and interviews in The Los Angeles Times, The L.A. Review of Books, Spin, Nylon, Black Clock and Rattle among others. In addition to writing, she teaches creative writing at University of Redlands, UCLA Extension, Antioch University, and privately in Los Angeles where she was born, raised and currently still lives.

About Jennifer E. Smith

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight books for young adults, including WINDFALL and THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her writing has been translated into 33 languages.

About Jon Skovron

Jon Skovron is the author of several Young Adult fantasy novels, including Misfit, Man Made Boy and This Broken Wondrous World. His first adult fantasy series, The Empire of Storms, began last June with the release of Hope and Red, published by Orbit Books. The Barnes and Noble SF&F blog said “Skovron’s briskly-paced story doesn’t skimp on the world-building—and thank goodness, because it’s quite a world”, and author Sam Sykes described it as “Furious where it needs to be, deceptively tender where it can get away with it, adventurous all around.” The second book in the series, Bane and Shadow, will be out February 2017.

Jon’s short stories have appeared in publications like ChiZine and Baen’s Universe, and more recently in anthologies such as Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins, and GRIM from Harlequin Teen. He lives with his two sons and two cats just outside Washington DC, where he hosts a regular writing discussion series at the Arlington Public Library.

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. (To hear about new releases, tour dates, and giveaways first, sign up for Leigh’s newsletter here.) Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles.

About Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman was born in 1969, the son of two English professors, and grew up in a suburb of Boston. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in literature and went on to the Ph.D. program in comparative literature at Yale, although he left after three years without finishing a dissertation.

After Yale Grossman worked for a string a dot-coms while writing freelance articles about books, technology and culture in general for numerous magazines, newspapers and websites, until he was hired by Time in 2002 and became the magazine’s book critic as well as one of its lead technology writers.

He is also the author of the international bestseller Codex.

About Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing); the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine; Beauty Queens, an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist; and The Diviners series. She is originally from Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, son, and two sociopathic cats.

About Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first job was at fourteen in an independent bookstore, and she has since worked in two others. She has tutored and taught in various places, from a juvenile hall to a private college. She now teaches English at an independent high school.

About Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times and international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After, as well as the editor of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. She lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina.

About Tim Federle

Tim Federle is an award-winning writer whose works include the New York Times notable books “The Great American Whatever” and “Better Nate Than Ever,” the global bestseller “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist,” and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting.”

A native of San Francisco who grew up in Pittsburgh, Tim now divides his time between New York City and the internet.

About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Collection). Her short stories and essays have appeared in Summer Days and Summer Nights, Shards and Ashes, and the upcoming Three Sides of a Heart. The Divergent Series was developed into three major motion pictures.

Veronica grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University. She now lives in Chicago proper with her husband and dog and writes full-time.



  • Greg

    Nice review! I'm reading this one now and just finished the fourth story- so far so good. Although I liked The end of Love a little more than you did sounds like. I'm looking forward to reading the rest- it's nice to have short stories like this- nice quick reads. 🙂

  • Sarah

    I'm really excited to read this, especially with the weather getting warmer. But I have to admit, I am mostly excited for Veronica Roth's story. It sounds the most interesting to me. 😀

    Sarah | Kerosene Lit

  • Cyra Schaefer

    I really loved this book as well! My favorite short stories were Stephanie's, Veronica's, and Jennifer's. Oh my goodness I loved the one by Veronica Roth! When it first started out I was half skeptical because I was really getting Divergent vibes from the serum talk, but AHH I loved it! It made me cry a little! I was so pumped to get to read this one for a blog tour as well! Great review!

  • Becky Baker

    Great review. I'm in the UK so sadly my copy of the book won't arrive until next week but I'm looking forward to it I loved Perkins' last anthology that was for christmas, I discovered some really fantastic authors so I'm excited to do that again.

  • Stardust Words

    Great review! I loved most of these stories too, but I also had some trouble with Sick Pleasure. I love these anthologies 🙂

  • Lorraine

    I've seen this around a lot lately and it looks like a fun read. Plus, colourful covers are always good 😉

  • Eva @ All Books Considered

    Great review! I didn't quite get into this one but I'm glad you liked it! Seems like we liked the opposite stories ♥

    my review

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