This collection is filled with such fun, creative, joyous, and diverse stories that will leave you shocked, disturbed, in love, and laughing along with all of the characters in each story.
"Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail" by Leigh Bardugo - 5/5
Leigh Bardugo wrote this bittersweet love story that revolved around river spirits. It is full of fairy tale like qualities. It is such a fun and summery read.
"The End of Love" by Nina LaCour - 4/5
A lesbian romance about a girl whose parents are getting a divorce. She ends up escaping from home by attending summer school where she makes friends, including the girl she has a crush on. It's sweet, touching, and beautifully written.
"Last Stand At the Cinegore" by Libba Bray - 1/5
This story didn't really work for me. It didn't seem to have as much romance as I thought a love story should contain. It seemed to have some funny moments but the majority of the time I was just reading, hoping that it would end soon so I can read the next story. Overall, it was a messy novel that doesn't didn't no much for me.
"Sick Pleasure" by Francesca Lia Block - 3/5
Woah. I don't even know where to begin so I will simply state that because of this novel my emotions are all over the place. The ending left me reeling, trying to cope with it all, and trying to handle my emotions. Besides the delirious ending, the rest of the story was just alright. Nothing good, nothing bad.
"In Ninety Minutes Turn North" by Stephanie Perkins - 4/5
The continuation from Perkins' winter anthology (My True Love Gave To Me), we see a return of Marigold and North. Though I would have loved to have read something different, I can't help but adore these two characters. It seemed obvious how it would end but it was adorable just to see it al happen.
"Souvenirs" by Tim Federle - 3/5
A gay romance turn break-up, Matt and Keith have to have the day in which they break-up before they part ways. The story seemed both wellthoughout and developed. Federle was able to bring out such emotions within a small amount of time and able to capture readers attention from the very beginning.
"Inertia" by Veronica Roth -1/5
I have to be honest here and simply state that it felt to much like the Divergent world. Don't get me wrong, it was rather creative and adventurous but it seemed to lack so much. The chemistry, the characters, the overall story left me feeling rather bored.
"Love is the Last Resort" by Jon Skovron - 2/5
I don't even know where to begin with this one. There were so many characters within this rather short story that it was rather difficult to keep track of how many there actually were. I did enjoy that the story was set in a resort.
"Good Luck and Farewell" by Brandy Colbert - 3/5
Why is there such dark tales in this collection of shorts?! Opening on a Chicago beach, it may seem like it is going to be a light and fun read but it becomes something much more serious, inspirational, and deeply meaningful. This is a story about race, depression, and the simple fact that love comes in many shapes, sizes, and forms.
"Brand New Attraction" by Cassandra Clare -1/5
Why, oh why. I hate giving such low marks, seriously, but in this case there is no way to avoid it. First and foremost there is the fact that the love interests in this story are both cousins. No...just no. I am cringing like crazy well writing this. I know that they are not blood-related but still...no. The only thing that was remotely good and interesting about this story had to be the carnival. The description of it was so captivating and eerie that I couldn't help but enjoy that part.
"A Thousand Ways this Could All Go Wrong" by Jennifer E. Smith - 3/5
When I first started reading I initially thought that I would expecting a standard love story but low and behold it became something so much more than that alone. As the story progressed, it began to build and shape into such a natural love story that was a delight to read.
"The Map of Tiny Perfect Things" by Lev Grossman - 3/5
I rather enjoyed this Groundhog Day love story. Unlike the majority of the other stories, this one keeps you asking and questioning until the very end of the story.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.