Summer Days and Summer Nights

Book: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance Novel

This may be long. So buckle up.

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories book cover

I’ve always wanted to read this book since I saw Siena Mirabella mentioned it in her summer book recommendations for 2017. Having that awful experience with a different book with the same concept, I decided to postpone reading this. Until I rewatched Siena’s Youtube video (the same video where she mentioned this book) as a last resort to get a recommendation for a summer read.

According to my good pal – GoodreadsSummer 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.

Despite the urge to pass on this book, again, I decided to finally read it. How bad can it be, right? I know I am not a fan of YA, but I can’t ignore the fact that I enjoyed reading some this past few months. So I dove in. Since this book is a compilation of twelve stories, I will be reviewing them separately before I judge the book as a whole. I will also not include blurbs in regards to all twelve stories. I read this with no clue of what type of love story is ahead of me. My only clue was the title of each story,and I am planning to share to you the same curiosity I felt. I hope you’re ok with that. Let’s begin.


HEAD, SCALES, TONGUE, TAIL BY LEIGH BARDUGO

I have to say that this story is really interesting. I wasn’t expecting it to be weird. I was honestly looking forward to thr typical cheesy love story, but this one is unique to the point that it actually gave me this whole mythology vibes. I like it despite the weirdness and this, for me, is unforgettable.

Paw of Approval from Heihei


THE END OF LOVE BY NINA LACOUR

I was a bit confused by the story of this one. The idea was good but I didn’t like the execution.


LAST STAND AT THE CINEGORE BY LIBBA BRAY

Incoming rant.
I was just starting the story and I already hate the character.
Dear guy protag that I didn’t even care to remember the name,
Your imaginary movie sucks. So shut up.
Love,
Angela
I was annoyed with how the author described everything. It was like reading a child’s essay by the way the demons are described and how the characters killed them. There are so many things I hated in this story, but it’ll be a waste of time to list them all. I still stayed and finished the story, hoping that it will improve somehow. It didn’t.


SICK PLEASURE BY FRANCESCA LIA BLOCK

This story made me realized that I found it hard to remember letters. I mean letters of the alphabet, simply because the author decided to use a single letter to name her characters. There is also a scene in this story that seemed to be a “copy pasted and edited a bit” version of a previous scene. After reading this, I just mentally shouted, OKAY???? NEXT!!!


IN NINETY MINUTES, TURN NORTH BY STEPHANIE PERKINS

First of all . . . Marigold = PvZ???

Marigold Plants vs Zombies

This is one of those generic story that every time I read one, I always wished for a bad ending. Spoiler alert. It ended happily. This made me think that the whole issue started from a miscommunication between the two lovers; Marigold and North. I mean, I bet if they just talked things out instead of jumping to the good ‘ol break up solution, then everything will be ok. After all, clear communication is one of the keys to a good relationship. That, and your other half giving you food.


SOUVENIRS BY TIM FEDERLE

Ahh . . . BL. ( if you get this, High Five!!)

This story is like listening to a friend vent about his lousy boyfriend, which, I honestly don’t mind. I can somewhat relate to how Matty perceived his boyfriend. Listing down all the things he hates about the guy, but always ending up to a single thing that makes him ignore all the bad things. Very cheesy, but for me, relatable because I once went down a similar path when I was 18. Lesson learned and I am actually glad that Matty made the right decision.

Paw of Approval from Heihei


INERTIA BY VERONICA ROTH

This story dug a bit deeper than the previous ones. It discusses how a person’s influence can somehow help those who experience depression, and how a person can help himself if he truly wanted to. Overall, a good story, but this reminds me heavily of Divergent. You can actually just switch this story’s protag to Trish and Four. Too similar.

Paw of Approval from Heihei


LOVE IS THE LAST RESORT BY JON SKOVRON

One word. Boinkable.
I liked this author’s style of writing. Light with a sprinkle of humor, and a dash or two of sarcasm. Perfect. This is very well played. I salute the author for making me believe that this is somehow different from the banal love stories that I just read. Cringey and cheesy, but it entertained me.

Paw of Approval from Heihei


GOOD LUCK AND FAREWELL BY BRANDY COLBERT

By the time I read this story, my tolerance for annoying teenagers is in an all time low. I hated the main protag, Rashida. I am so close at DNF this one, good thing the story is somewhat interesting.


BRAND NEW ATTRACTION BY CASSANDRA CLARE

This is a nice story, unlike the other one that tried so hard sound scary and interesting. Well, I guess Clare knows her way around monsters. Aside from that, I liked how this story also tackled the different kinds of love other than the typical one. Also, this is how I imagined the demon Mephit,although the description in the story different.

Spinel-Sun


A THOUSAND WAYS THIS COULD ALL GO WRONG BY JENNIFER E. SMITH

Of all the stories in this book, this one flowed naturally in comparison. This actually reminded me of a book by another author. Despite the fact that this is also a light read, I found that there is nothing memorable about it.

Paw of Approval from Heihei


THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS BY LEV GROSSMAN

DNF. Maybe someday I will read this, but not today.

Arya Stark season1


This book received 5 Paw of Approval out of 12. That is not a good sign for me.

Now,will I recommend this? Yes, only because I want you to read the five stories that I liked from this book, and see what you think of them.

That is it for today guys. Have you read this book? What is your favorite story? Let me know.

Enjoy the weekend and as always, I’ll talk to you on my next blog post!

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    1. I usually like reading anthologies especially if I am looking for a new author to check out. I liked Leigh Bardugo’s story in this book. 😮 Planning to read a book by her. Any you can recommend?

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