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"How I Survived My Summer Vacation" is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer anthology of short stories. It was originally published on August 2000 by Pocket Books.


A collection of short stories set during the summer after sophomore year at Sunnydale High.

When sophomore year ended with Buffy's defeat — just barely — of the Master, she headed off to spend the summer with her father in L.A. The theme was R&R, parties, and an occasional shopping spree. But things that go bump in the night don't take vacation. So Buffy's trying desperately to keep a lid on things in L.A. — and to keep her secret identity from her father.

Meanwhile, back in Sunnydale, trouble keeps popping up in the darnedest places. Giles wants Willow and Xander to have a "normal" summer, so he and Jenny Calendar, whose budding romance is progressing to full bloom, attempt to stave off the forces of darkness sans Slayer and Slayerettes. And Angel, grappling with Buffy's brush with death, must decide: Does he want to be a more permanent member of the Scooby Gang?

Concerts. Picnics. The resurrection of an ancient monster or two. Just your typical fun in the sun.[1]


  • The stories take place between Buffy the Vampire Slayer first and second seasons.



Behind the scenes


  • The full title "How I Survived My Summer Vacation, Volume 1" seems to suggest the publisher considered releasing future volumes of short stories about the Scooby Gang in the summers which were not covered by the TV series. Future volumes failed to materialize.

International titles

  • German: "Blutsommer" (Blood Summer)


  1. "How I Survived My Summer Vacation eBook Various". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
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