Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins
Feeling like some summer love? Summer Days and Summer Nights is a book of twelve short stories written by some bestselling YA authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins. Each of the stories has their own flavor and tone but with a high level of imagination. I particularly enjoyed “The End of Love” by Nina LaCour, “A Thousand Ways This Could Go All Wrong” by Jennifer E. Smith and “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” by Lev Grossman. So grab your sunscreen and hit the beach with this fun compilation of summer stories.
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Man, am I a sucker for happy endings and this one is completely swoon worthy! “Isla and the Happily Ever After” is the final book in Stephanie Perkins’ trilogy which also includes “Anna and the French Kiss” and “Lola and the Boy Next Door.” Ms. Perkins’ prose is sassy, escapist and romantic without being saccharine. I wanted to float away with her two protagonists, Isla and Josh, while they fell in love. This novel is a satisfying end to the trilogy, complete with fun cameos by the main characters from the previous entries. I tore through this book and was slightly sad to see it end, but mostly it left me with a fuzzy, warm feeling. I suggest you read Stephanie Perkins’ books and experience it for yourself.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Total Reading Time: 3.5 hours
Review: I will admit that before my current endeavor I rarely read books of “substance.” I’m glad to say that I’ve learned my lesson and will make a concerted effort to read more non-fiction books going forward. However, there’s really nothing like an easy, escapism yarn which brings me to this week’s assignment. Yes, as a consummate chick-lit book, I’m most likely right inside Ms. Perkins’ target audience (although probably toward the higher age range now but that’s a whole other discussion), yet I still found that I couldn’t put this one down. Highly enjoyable!