Synopsis of Summer Days & Summer Nights
Twelve summer romances written by twelve of YA’s most acclaimed authors. From horror movies coming to life to time repeating the same day. This collection reflects the diversity of YA writing, life and love.
*Please note: I received this book gratis in order to provide a review. This review is my honest opinion and is unaffected by the receipt of this for free.*
I’ve decided to write a few lines about each of my favourite stories (6 in total) as it doesn’t seem quite right to review them as a whole entity. In terms of editing, Stephanie Perkins has once again brought together a great list of writers and re-invigorated the short story genre in a way that YA had yet to see before My True Love Gave to Me and Summer Days & Summer Nights.
The End of Love by Nina LaCour
I loved the complexity of this narrative. There were so many elements all interweaving into one another. Nina LaCour manages to embody the plot points in such a way that she is able to discuss LGBTQ+, discovering sexuality, parental and mental health problems. Flora and Mimi
In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins
So I just found out that the origin story for this couple is in My True Love Gave to Me so I’m going to have to find it! I absolutely loved this story following Marigold and North as she comes back home after moving out to Chicago to follow her dreams. She and North dated for several months before she left, leaving North behind to take care of his family’s business. He’s now working at the National Park and in order to see him Marigold has to travel on the furnicular. This story is heartfelt and comical.
Inertia by Veronica Roth
This story did it for me because of the concept. It had me whirring with thoughts of What if this were real? The premise is kind of similar to the part in Divergent where Tris is pulled into the faction test. You’re aware but trapped in your mind. Claire is woken in the middle of the night because she needs to go to the hospital to see her ex-boyfriend Matthew. He requested her for last visitation. They are sucked into reliving the memories of their relationship and the reader discovers all of the horrible tragedies they’ve both faced. Really in-depth plot that will tug at your heartstrings.
Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron
This was an intriguing read for me. I either love or hate when the reader is directly address as part of narrative. In this instance I enjoyed it. It gave the story a different edge and a fairytale like feel to it. Beyond that, I felt that the crossed lovers narrative was fairly predictable but an enjoyable read overall.
Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare
I enjoyed this story equally because of the premise. It has the American Horror Story vibe to it. I particularly liked the angle of a demon powering a carnival. This has a bit of action a bit of romance and was an good all-rounder.
A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith
Saving the best for last – this was my favourite of the whole bunch! I find literature that addresses characters who are on the autism spectrum in a progressive way, really moving and really powerful. Smith has managed to capture this in a very fleeting way. The connection between the two main characters is intriguing and leaves you wanting more. I could read a whole book about these characters.
Overall this was a well-collected selection of short stories by an eclectic mix of authors. You can see my individual review score below:
Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo: 3.5
The End of Love by Nina LaCour: 4
Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray: 3
Sick Pleasures by Francesca Lia Block: 2
In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins: 5
Souvenirs by Tim Federle: 3
Inertia by Veronica Roth: 5
Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron: 5
Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert: 3.5
Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare: 4
A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E Smith: 5
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman: 3