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Review: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories (anthology)

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories (anthology)
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Young Adult, Seasonal, Romance
Digital/Print/Audio (400 pages, ST. MARTIN'S)
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.

Didn't feel like summer love stories to me... (2 stars)

After delighting in the My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories anthology so much I couldn't wait to see what could be done with summer. I'm devastated that this was so intensely awful. The stories were generally so... off topic might be the right phrasing... that I had a hard time making myself read it. I'd get so bored I'd put it down and then struggle to pick it back up. That these are such notable and well received authors made it really disappointing. The only stories I actually really enjoyed at all were The End of Love, Brand New Attraction, and Souvenirs. The rest were either meh, utterly forgettable, or so bad I had to skim. 

The big issue I had with a lot of the stories was that they were about new adult aged characters, not young adult characters and/or they were very unromantic. I was especially disappointed that Libba Bray's story didn't work for me as I usually love her work.

I hate to say it but I just can't recommend this one unless maybe you're borrowing it from the library. I don't feel like these are good examples of many of these authors' work but also, too few of them had felt like they fit the anthology's theme. I went in expecting summer romances between teens and got something completely different.

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