My Review: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.
Guys, this was really bad. There were a few stories that were better than others but overall, it was pretty difficult to finish this collection of short stories and most of them were super freaking cheesy and awful. I'm not even sure that I can pinpoint what I didn't like about the collection overall except that it was so predictable, unsatisfying and almost as if very few of the authors really dedicated any time to it except to write a silly little story one afternoon without forethought. My "favorite" stories in the collection were those by Francesca Lia Block and Nina LaCour -- those stories made me want to know more about the characters in them and I wouldn't mind companion novels. The rest of the stories, however, just did not work for me -- they were so trite and felt so rushed and, honestly, I think we expect more from these big name authors. It seems like this was an anthology that was good in theory but not good in practice and not executed well. I would skip this one and instead focus on each author's individual work.
Music is so powerful and mysterious because it can bring up emotions you've buried in side of you. Dancing is a way to experience those emotions and release them so that they don't get stuck in your throat or stomach or chest. At that time it was the only thing that made me forget everything else. I became just a heartbeat, a part of the music. I was completely free.
Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block