Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 14th 2016
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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.
Since it was -3 the other night in Chicago and the East coast is getting like 2 feet of snow, I thought I’d start reading Summer Days and Summer Nights, the second anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins, and brings a little slice of summer into my life. The anthology is 12 short, 30ish pages, stories all focused on summer love. I read the first short story and thought I’d give you a little Friday tease and hopefully warm up your cold weekend.
Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo is the first short story in the anthology. The story has Bardugo’s typical pacing, it starts off a little slow, but totally gets you invested in this quirky story that has you wondering why Annalee Saperstein really did move to Little Spindle and what this has to do with a love story.
Bardugo’s weaves a tale of two teens, Gracie and Eli, who fall in love over the course of several summers. Gracie lives in Little Spindle, a small lake town that’s always over shadowed by it’s larger neighbor Greater Spindle, year round. Eli is this curious boy who is only in Little Spindle for the summer and spends all of his time at the library. The two start talking after Annalee suggests Eli would be a good person to talk to about the local legend of a water monster, Idgy Pidgy, living in Little Spindle Lake after Gracie thinks she may have seen it. The two become quick friends and their relationship grows over the years.
It’s a cute story with a fun little twist at the end answering the two questions posed at the start, what’s the story behind Annalee and what’s the deal with Idgy Pidgy. I think it sets the mood well for the anthology, I’m excited to see what other stories lie ahead. I also think this short story does a great job of showing that Perkin’s anthologies aren’t cookie cutter. They all surround a theme, finding summer love, but the stories included are everything from sci-fi/fantasy to contemporary, just like the larger YA genera.