Who’s ready for summer?! To help get you into a summer state of mind, there’s a new Summer Days and Summer Nights short story collection from editor Stephanie Perkins! A couple years ago you may remember there was a winter collection called My True Love Gave to Me featuring your favorite YA authors. I may have both the US and UK editions of that collection because they are both so darn cute. Now there’s a summer collection with a new superstar author lineup. Hopefully there will be a new book for every season like the Gilmore Girls revival!
Summer Days and Summer Nights is on sale today. There’s something for everyone in this collection, from fantastical creatures to a wistful Valley-Girl-esque summer romance, to a dark carnival to a horror movie romance. I’m sure everyone will find something to entertain on those hot summer days. Reading short stories is also a great way to try out a new favorite author. Read on to hear more about Summer Days and Summer Nights.
About the Book:
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.
(5) Favorite Stories of Summer
I enjoyed each of the twelve love stories though I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorites.
In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins – This is a continuation of Perkins’ story from My True Love Gave to Me. It’s about Marigold and her crush North (he worked at a Christmas tree lot), reconnecting on a funicular tram.
Souvenirs by Tim Federle – This is Matt and Kieth’s breakup story. They are theme park coworkers which gives it a summery Adventureland vibe.
Inertia by Veronica Roth – This sci-fi story is about a girl saying goodbye to a dying friend through a mind visit. They revisit favorite memories and reveal their true feelings.
A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith – A sweet, surprising friendship-to-romance story set at a summer day-camp.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman – This was a really sweet, romantic YA Groundhog Day! Mark is reliving August 4th every day, but he’s not alone- he’s experiencing it with Margaret. And together they try to find the tiny perfect things that happen every day.
Which story are you most interested in reading?
About the Editor:
Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She’s the author of the international bestsellers Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, as well as Isla and the Happily Ever After. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories is her first anthology. Stephanie and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina.