By Jensen Argyle
Summer Days and Summer Nights is a summer anthology compiled of short stories written by your favorite young adult authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins, the lovely woman behind Anna and the French Kiss.
This anthology includes twelve summer romances written by twelve YA authors: 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. There is a delightful variety, as there are stories about straight, gay, and lesbian romances. The stories are not all what you would expect either.
These are not your cutesy, heartwarming summer romances (although some of them are.) These stories are not afraid to delve into the deep and difficult issues like divorce, sexuality, and family deaths. Some stories do not end the way you expect them too. And this variety of stories and circumstances makes this anthology all the more beautiful and enjoyable.
Each author has their own voice and take on summer romance. One I particularly enjoyed was Libba Bray’s “Last Stand at the Cinegore”, because it mixes in a little bit of horror with the romance element. It’s about the manager of a movie theatre that only shows classic horror movies.
On the night before the movie theatre closes forever, he is determined to ask out his coworker who he has had a crush on forever. But things may not be smooth sailing, as they show a cursed movie that threatens to end their lives and ruin his chances of ever being with the girl of his dreams. I thought this was a fun and quirky tale that added a lot of spunk to the anthology.
So there you have it. Twelve new short stories from your favorite YA authors just in time for summer. Be sure to pick it up and let me know which story is your favorite. And as always, happy reading!