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Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

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by Stephanie Perkins

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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 and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins, will have


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 and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 02/22/2016
Readers will be enticed by more than steamy romance in this volume of contemporary love stories from 12 popular authors, a summery companion to My True Love Gave to Me. The selections, ranging in tone from heartfelt to spooky to downright outlandish, find passion springing from some very unexpected places. Lev Grossman’s protagonists, Mark and Margaret, are drawn together in a Boston suburb where time stands still. Cassandra Clare’s Lulu Darke unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit at her father’s dark carnival: “You know the drill. Evil clowns lurching out of the shadows, blood on their puffy white gloves.” Even stories with more conventional settings—like Jennifer E. Smith’s tale recounting the growing affection between a day-camp counselor and a withdrawn, disabled young man—offer unexpected twists and turns. In all cases, the authors captivatingly render the vulnerabilities of teenagers tentatively navigating the confusing maze of first love. Offering a sampling of many different genres, bright and distinct narrative voices, and a generous portion of tender moments, this book has something for everyone who has loved or longs for it. Ages 13–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary. (May)
From the Publisher

“Holiday canoodling stories by twelve of the top YA authors? It's a Christmas miracle! This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect a snug evening next to the fire.” —Booklist (Starred Review) on My True Love Gave to Me

“This collection of holiday stories reminds readers that while the season can be painful, it's also a time of hope. It's a marvelous collection, certain to earn a treasured spot on many Y.A. shelves.” —The New York Times Book Review on My True Love Gave to Me

“Stunning and diverse, this holiday anthology is pure magic. This is what all anthologies should aspire to be.” —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, "Top Pick" on My True Love Gave to Me

School Library Journal
★ 04/01/2016
Gr 10 Up—In this latest anthology and follow-up to 2014's My True Love Gave to Me, Perkins returns with an enthralling collection of steamy summer love stories penned by an all-star cast, which includes Lev Grossman, Veronica Roth, and Libba Bray. The stories are by turns bittersweet, unexpected, and unapologetically hopeful, and themes of endurance, bravery, and determination emerge as the teens navigate issues such as broken families, ending relationships, life after high school, and identity. Standouts include Brandy Colbert's "Good Luck and Farewell," a realistic look at two Chicago teens who have lost family members, one to South Side violence, the other to depression, and Grossman's "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things," the story of two teens who live the same day repeatedly, which enables them to create the titular item. Francesca Lia Block offers up a gloomy look at love lost, but the vast majority of the selections end on a hopeful, if not an altogether happy, note. Fantasy, soft horror, science fiction, and paranormal all take their place beside the prevalent realistic pieces, and it seems that the authors took the call for diversity to heart, providing not only racial but sexual and developmental diversity as well. There is a fair amount of cursing and sexually charged language, Block's story presents a matter-of-fact sexual encounter, and not all tales will appeal to all readers, but there is something for everyone here. VERDICT This title is a sizzling must-have that will be too hot to keep on the shelves.—Alea Perez, Westmont Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-03-02
Summer meets love in both fantasy and reality in this anthology featuring renowned writers of both teen and adult fiction. Punk-romance regret reigns in Francesca Lia Block's rich-yet-minimalist "Sick Pleasures," while the pressure of making life-changing choices underlies Libba Bray's hilarious zombie horror "Last Stand at the Cinegore," Veronica Roth's "Inertia," and editor Perkins' heart-smart "In Ninety Minutes, Turn North." In this summer companion to Perkins' previous winter holiday romance anthology, My True Love Gave to Me (2014), characters are universally deftly drawn, and the language is typically distinct and compelling. Repeated themes include struggling with well-being, witnessing separation or divorce, or being left by one or more parents, as well as the impacts of those experiences on building trust and new relationships. While the collection holds variety in setting and genre, as well as in sexual orientation, the racial and ethnic diversity of characters isn't as broad as one might hope. Yet this is a star-studded lineup that doesn't disappoint, wisely capped by Lev Grossman's brilliant "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things," in which the protagonists experience time repeating in an endless loop—until it doesn't. An intelligent beach read with heart, soul, and sizzle. (Short stories. 12-18)

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St. Martin's Press
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5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
HL800L (what's this?)
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13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

STEPHANIE PERKINS is the New York Times and international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After, as well as the editor of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. She lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
Are you looking for a cute collection of romantic stories? Well, good news. Stephanie Perkin’s is following up 2014’s Christmas collection with a new collection focussing on summer romance: appropriately titled Summer Days and Summer Nights (though there are no Grease themed stories). And I think I enjoyed this go-around even more the the previous collection. This new collection includes stories from YA heavy hitters: Stephanie Perkins, Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith. A return of Stephanie Perkin’s characters from her story in My True Love Gave to Me Collection (but a story that still stands completely independent). The staff at a summer resort play matchmakers, and maybe get caught in a web themselves. Two teens relive August 4th over and over, and end up making a map of all the small, beautiful moments they encounter over and over throughout the day. The local horror cinema is closing down. Crushes must be resolved before the night ends, but an urban legend about a film turns out to have a grain of truth. And much, much more. A lot of these stories have pretty straightforward premises (even if some are tinged with supernatural), but that is why they work. I tried to hold off closer to pub date, but I failed. But, as expected, I was utterly charmed. This is just a really well written and curated collection. And I was beyond, beyond ecstatic to see a traditional love story with an autistic love interest. This collection knows what it is, and it does it well. An absolute joy, and it will make a great summer (or winter obviously) read!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Summer Days, Summer Nights edited by Stephanie PerkinsAfter My True Love Gave to Me was greeted with critical praise and success, it's no surprise that Stephanie Perkins is back editing another anthology featuring popular YA authors. This time around the stories all center around summer romances in Summer Days and Summer Nights. With the exception of Perkins herself, every author is a new contributor. There is more diversity among the authors and a better split between men and women which makes this a more balanced collection in that respect. With several noted fantasy authors, Summer Days and Summer Nights also boasts some excellent speculative fiction. Summer Days, Summer Nights is a lot of fun, but it is also more of a mixed bag for me (but I am a winter person and Christmas is my favorite holiday so I suspect I was always more inclined to favor My True Love Gave to Me just a bit more). Because of that I'm including thoughts on each story below instead of a more cohesive/generalized review. Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo: This is an intense story--something I'm realizing is Bardugo's signature--and an interesting choice to start the anthology. The writing is very atmospheric and almost reads like magic realism (I say almost because at the end of the day it is just straight fantasy). An eerie story that is a bit creepy and a bit romantic which seems fitting when it's centered around a mysterious lake monster. The End of Love by Nina Lacour: My first encounter with Lacour's writing. This is a sweet story with two girls as the romantic leads. There is not much here to give Flora presence as a main character or narrator (perhaps intentionally because so much of what she goes through in this story revolves around how she relates to others?). BUT the story does have great atmosphere and really strongly depicted emotions. Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray: Libba's story is one of my top three favorites in the entire collection. Reading it made me really want to read Beauty Queens which has been languishing on my shelves forever. This story follows Kevin at the end of his high school career on his last night working at the Cinegore theater. It's his last chance to ask his dream girl, Dani, out. Which is great and totally doable. Except, you know, everything goes wrong when they start showing the last copy of a cult classic horror movie in the theater. This story also includes two of my favorite quotes from the entire book: "Dress codes are basically fascism." and "Maybe sometimes the best thing you can do is to burn it all down and start over." Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block: Block is not an author I would pick up for myself. Her style sometimes gets a bit too high-concept for my tastes. Such was the case here were all of the characters names are simply initials. Although this is not a fantasy it is still a bit . . . weird for reasons that are hard to explain in a paragraph. I will say that I really liked that that the main love here was self love in this story. In Ninety Miles, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins: This story features Marigold and North (the characters from Stephanie's Christmas story) and picks up the summer after they first meet. Of course this story was a lot of fun and super cute and I loved it. Why wouldn't I when I already know and love Marigold and North? That said, I am not totally sure this story is as readable without knowing the background from their Christmas story. Souvenirs by Tim
Shelly_Z More than 1 year ago
I loved Stephanie Perkins’ winter anthology, My True Love Gave to Me, and I knew I’d love her summer anthology. In the same vein as the first anthology, Summer Days & Summer Nights is a cute anthology perfect for a day at the beach or wanting to escape the harsh sun while reading all about it. The authors in this anthology were just fantastic; Tim Federle and Nina LaCour wrote amazing LGBT romances, Stephanie Perkins delivered a follow-up to her short story from the first anthology, Lev Grossman created a wonderful and mind-bending world that was existential but deeply romantic, Jon Skorvon created a narrative that had more than one romance and much more. I won’t review every single story because I don’t want to give away any details, the stories are short enough that I think part of the magic is discovering them. But I will say that I enjoyed most of the stories. I was pleasantly surprised by how some of the stories had elements of fantasy, but all the stories were deeply romantic. Overall, I highly recommend Summer Days & Summer Nights to those looking for heart-warming and unique stories that are perfect for a day on the beach.