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Title: Summer Days and Summer Nights
Authors: Various, edited by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin/ Raincoast Books
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
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.
Summer Days and Summer Nights is the summery companion to My True Love Gave to Me. This anthology has something from almost every genre and is very diverse. I especially enjoyed Veronica Roth’s and Jennifer E. Smith’s stories. Though I liked this one, I enjoyed the first winter themed anthology more.
Summer Days and Summer Nights literally has a story for everyone. I’m pretty sure that there is something from every genre in this book. I especially loved how no two stories are alike, since reading the same old contemporary can get boring. If you’re looking for something different that is a fairly quick read, this is definitely the book for you.
I really enjoyed all the diversity in Summer Days and Summer Nights. There are stories with LGBT couples and mental health awareness, such as autism. I actually haven’t seen too many YA books out there that are about autism, so this really interested me. I feel like the diversity in the book made everything more realistic. Each story features a new set of characters, and of course, not everyone you meet is going to be white, for example. I always appreciate a nice, diverse story, and this anthology was definitely one of them.
I always find it difficult to review anthologies because each story is different, and not every story is for everyone. Instead of discussing each individual story, I feel like it would be better to just highlight my personal favourites. I adored Veronica Roth’s story, Inertia. This one is a sci-fi, I believe, that is about a girl who relives her favourite memories with her best friend as he is about to die through a special program. It is honestly classic Veronica Roth, which is why I loved it so much. Out of all the stories, I would have to say that my favourite is A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith. This is the story about a boy with autism, and I found it so cute and inspiring. It also takes place at a summer camp, a setting that I always enjoy.
Summer Days and Summer Nights is an anthology with something for everyone. There is so much diversity in this anthology, which I really appreciated. My favourite stories were Inertia by Veronica Roth and A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith. I would recommend this book to everyone, as there is definitely at least a couple stories that each person will enjoy.