I went into this book thinking the stories would be very easy, cute reads and was pleasantly surprised to find a wide range of genres, with diverse characters, talking about real issues. This is the perfect book to avoid the dreaded summer reading slump or to flip through lazily at the beach.
Heads, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo- 4/5
This was probably one of my favourite stories in the whole book. It is adorable while still throwing in some fantastical elements. The perfect start to the anthology!
The End of Love by Nina Lacour- 3/5
A very realistic story about love and friendship. My only problem is I felt we didn’t get to know anyone, besides the protagonist, very well.
Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray- 2.5/5
This book definitely focused more on the comedic moments than the romantic ones. It had a very similar style of joke as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, but a lot of jokes fell flat.
Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block- 3/5
I spent most of this book thinking it was just okay, but once I got to the last page I was completely blown away.
In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins- 3/5
Stephanie Perkins never fails to write the cutest love stories.
Souvenirs by Tim Federle- 2.5/5
I wasn’t a huge fan of the love interest, which made me kind of uninterested in how things would end up. I did however love the interactions the protagonist had with his mother.
Inertia by Veronica Roth- 2.5/5
While I think this is a creative concept, the lack of character depth and simple writing style made it feel boring.
Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron- 3/5
This felt like I was reading an old sitcom in good and bad ways. It was a very light easy read, but the dialogue sounded very unrealistic (especially during arguments.)
Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert- 3.5/5
The actual romance in this book seemed unimportant compared to weight of the plot. The characters were very realistic both in what they had been through and how they were handling it. Another one of my favourites.
Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Claire- 2/5
I feel like this would have been better suited for a full length novel. It was so rushed I felt like we went from the beginning straight to the end. However, I did think the writing style was very immersive.
A Thousand Ways this could all go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith- 3.5/5
This might be my new favourite Jennifer E. Smith story. It perfectly handled a very delicate subject and was adorable the whole way through.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman- 2.5/5
This was another very creative concept but I spent the entire book frustrated that the characters didn’t want answers, that the romance aspect was lost on me.