Hello, people of the internet!
Back last December, I read My True Love Gave To Me. It is a collection of short stories, written by various authors (who primarily write Young Adult fiction) about romance during the winter holidays; the whole collection is edited by Stephanie Perkins. You can read my review of it here. Once I found out another collection of short stories, also edited by Stephanie Perkins, which is about romance during the summer holidays, I knew I had to get my hands on it.
Just like my My True Love Gave To Me review, I’ve ranked my Top 12 favourites stories from the book. Even though I did like them all, there were some I liked more than others. Feel free to make your own list if you wish (and if you read the book!)
Also, I’ll be discussing each story in some detail, but nothing that will spoil them for you!
Title: Summer Days, Summer Nights
Authors: Various (Edited by Stephanie Perkins)
Publication Date: 30th May 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Lazy, hazy days are for falling in love…
There’s nothing quite like a sun-drenched romance to brighten up your summer holiday. Whether you’re by the pool or having a staycation, this collection of twelve gorgeous stories will transport you to the best holiday you’ve ever had.
So grab an ice cream, stretch out on that sunlounger and indulge in some summer romance.
Before I begin my list, I want to mention that there is a variety of genres in this book as well different sexualities being represented, which is something I really love about Summer Days and Summer Nights.
Now, let’s begin the list!
12) Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block
Despite the fact that nothing much happens and it may not have a huge summery feel to it, I did like the atmosphere of this story. I couldn’t tell where it was going and what actually happened didn’t feel forced. Even though I did enjoy the other stories more, Sick Pleasure is a good story about first love.
11) Inertia by Veronica Roth
With a slight science-fiction element to it, Inertia is a well-written story which does talk about sensitive issues such as depression well. However, what kind of ruined it for me was the ending – I personally felt it wasn’t strong enough. If you have read this story, let me know what you think.
10) Souvenirs by Tim Federle
I got a strong summery feeling when I read this, but I felt the whole mood to be pretty sad. I couldn’t get invested into their relationship knowing where it was going to end up (and I did really like their relationship). It’s a good story regardless and I really enjoyed reading the witty remarks of the characters.
9) Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray
The thing is with this story is that, even though I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the plots and its characters, I feel it isn’t a summer story at all. I feel it belongs more in a Halloween-themed book instead. Other than the fact it’s set in the summer, there is nothing summery about this story. Despite that, I really liked this one!
8) Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare
Don’t be fooled by this illustration – it’s horror-based! Brand New Attraction is just like Last Stand at the Cinegore: I really enjoyed the plot, its character and the fantasy elements to it, but it isn’t a summery book – I feel it would suit a Halloween-themed book instead…Now I really want the next collection of romantic, short stories to be Halloween-themed!
7) Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo
As a huge fan of fairy tales, I did really like this story as it has the magical and mythical elements of fairy tales in a modern setting. I liked the chemistry of the main characters and wanted them to be together. A good story to start the book off with.
6) Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert
Boy, did I get emotional reading this one! Even though I feel the romance didn’t have an impact of the plot (it would have worked if there wasn’t any romance in the story at all), but how Brandy Colbert deals with grief and how relationships are affected.
5) In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins
For those who have read My True Love Gave To Me, you would like this one in particular! Even for those who haven’t, you would still follow the plot and characters well. Despite the fact that I expected more character development, this was a great read and I enjoyed reading these characters and how much they care about one another.
4) Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron
Even though I really liked Love is the Last Resort, there were a few times when I couldn’t get into it because of its lack of establishing time and setting. It mentions bikinis and Guinness Book of World Records, giving the story a modern feel, but the characters speak very old-fashioned, giving me the impression of it taking place in the 1800s. Despite that, and the fact it was very obvious what was going to happen, it’s a fun story with loveable characters – it slightly reminds me of the Shakespearean comedies.
3) The End of Love by Nina LaCour
I simply love Nina LaCour’s writing style and loved the whole vibe of The End of Love. It does have a summer feel to it and the mood shift is written smoothly – I couldn’t help but really get emotionally invested. It’s a sweet, heartwarming story.
2) The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman
A great story to end the book with, I couldn’t tell where it was going and the ending tore me up emotionally. Another story with a science-fiction (and perhaps fantasy/fairy tale?) element to it, it is an emotional and thoughtful and I thought it ended perfectly. As for the romance, I loved every bit of it.
1) A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith
This story speaks to me on so many levels as it’s the first story I’ve come across that deals with romantic relationships and autism, a condition that affects how someone communicates and interacts with people and the world, making it very difficult for them to connect with the world and the people in it and establishing relationships. This story would have a bigger impact if autism was explained in a little more detail for any readers who doesn’t know what autism is, but for those who do (like myself – I have autism), it is heartwarming to see it portrayed in a romantic relationship. It has a summery feel and I just adore all the characters.
Overall, I enjoyed the variety of the stories and I’m glad to have read them. I’ll give this book 4 stars out of 5.
Have you read this book? Which stories were your favourites?
Thank you for reading!