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When everyone else goes to bed, the ones who stay up feel like they’re the only people in the world. As the hours tick by deeper into the night, the familiar drops away and the unfamiliar beckons. Adults are asleep, and a hush falls over the hum of daily life. Anything is possible. It’s a time for romance and adventure. For prom night and ghost hunts. It’s a time for break When everyone else goes to bed, the ones who stay up feel like they’re the only people in the world. As the hours tick by deeper into the night, the familiar drops away and the unfamiliar beckons. Adults are asleep, and a hush falls over the hum of daily life. Anything is possible. It’s a time for romance and adventure. For prom night and ghost hunts. It’s a time for breaking up, for falling in love—for finding yourself. Stay up all night with these thirteen short stories from bestselling and award-winning YA authors like Karen McManus, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nina LaCour, and Brandy Colbert, as they take readers deep into these rarely seen, magical hours. Full contributor list: Brandy Colbert, Kathleen Glasgow, Maurene Goo, Tiffany D. Jackson, Amanda Joy, Nina LaCour, Karen M. McManus, Anna Meriano, Marieke Nijkamp, Laura Silverman, Kayla Whaley, Julian Winters, Francesca Zappia


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When everyone else goes to bed, the ones who stay up feel like they’re the only people in the world. As the hours tick by deeper into the night, the familiar drops away and the unfamiliar beckons. Adults are asleep, and a hush falls over the hum of daily life. Anything is possible. It’s a time for romance and adventure. For prom night and ghost hunts. It’s a time for break When everyone else goes to bed, the ones who stay up feel like they’re the only people in the world. As the hours tick by deeper into the night, the familiar drops away and the unfamiliar beckons. Adults are asleep, and a hush falls over the hum of daily life. Anything is possible. It’s a time for romance and adventure. For prom night and ghost hunts. It’s a time for breaking up, for falling in love—for finding yourself. Stay up all night with these thirteen short stories from bestselling and award-winning YA authors like Karen McManus, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nina LaCour, and Brandy Colbert, as they take readers deep into these rarely seen, magical hours. Full contributor list: Brandy Colbert, Kathleen Glasgow, Maurene Goo, Tiffany D. Jackson, Amanda Joy, Nina LaCour, Karen M. McManus, Anna Meriano, Marieke Nijkamp, Laura Silverman, Kayla Whaley, Julian Winters, Francesca Zappia

30 review for Up All Night: 13 Stories between Sunset and Sunrise

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    4.5 stars! This was a fantastic collection with very few duds for me. All taking place from sunset to sunrise... what a fun concept that left the authors with a LOT of wiggle room. For anthologies, I love to do a short breakdown for each story with individual star ratings. They're listed below! Also, as a note, I am in love with the diversity in topics, sexuality, gender, race, physical abilities, wealth, and more in this collection. This truly felt like a representation for teens anywhere in the 4.5 stars! This was a fantastic collection with very few duds for me. All taking place from sunset to sunrise... what a fun concept that left the authors with a LOT of wiggle room. For anthologies, I love to do a short breakdown for each story with individual star ratings. They're listed below! Also, as a note, I am in love with the diversity in topics, sexuality, gender, race, physical abilities, wealth, and more in this collection. This truly felt like a representation for teens anywhere in the country. (All stories were USA based.) Never Have I Ever - Karen M McManus (4 stars) A classic game, an overnight party with band nerds...when one dare ends up with the group discovering their neighbor has been murdered, what's next? Like Before - Maureen Goo (3.5 stars) Three high school girls have fallen apart, and one third of their triangle is desperate to bring then back together. If she can just make them relive their memories, then everything will work out, right? RIGHT? Old Rifts and Snowdrifts - Kayla Whaley (5 stars) A wheelchair-bound teen and her ex-best friend are caught in his mom's florist shop during a dangerous snowstorm—it's time to unpack what led to their issues, and if there's something they can do about it. Con Nights, Parallel Hearts - Marieke Nijkamp (5 stars) The first, but not the last, story that made me tear up. One night, three friends are camping out before a convention. One of them wants to share their childhood trauma... and we see three parallel versions of that situation. Kiss the Boy - Amanda Joy (2.5 stars) A personal dud for me, but then I'm not a teen and my days of fretting over kissing boys and high school drama are behind me. A cute story amongst some harder-hitting ones. Creature Capture - Laura Silverman (3 stars) An overnight adventure featuring a Pokemon Go lookalike game, one girl who's convinced she's too weird to be a friend, and a very on-the-nose message about realizing that sometimes it's up to you to play the first move. Shark Bait - Tiffany D. Jackson (5 stars) Jackson's readers will know this story was always going to be a deep cut—and of course it was. A Black teen escaping reality at Martha's Vineyard with her boyfriend who can pass for white. A late-night accident. What now? A Place to Start - Nina LaCour (4 stars) Two new stepsiblings are left alone in their new, combined household while their moms go off to their honeymoon. Will they break down the walls, metaphorically or physically, before the morning? When You Bring a Dog to Prom - Anna Meriano (4.5 stars) Very cute post-prom situation that shows the blended and ever-complicated dramas of teens today. With some angst with a happy ending thrown in for some fun. This one made me tear up in a happy way. Missing - Kathleen Glasgow (4.5 stars) Even though this collection's concept was about stories taking place at night, for some reason I was surprised to see a horror story in here. I shouldn't have been! This creepy asylum adventure was chilling, seriously sad, and completely absorbing. What About Your Friends - Brandy Colbert (4 stars) An all-night dance marathon at a college takes a turn when our main character discovers one of her old best friends—who she ghosted the year before—is on the opposing team. Will emotions dance themselves out too? Under Our Masks - Julian Winters (5 stars) A cute and adorable geek story about a teen boy superhero and his crush, who is determined to stake out said superhero one night. Is it time for romance, or the truth about his identity? (Fans of TJ Klune's The Extraordinaries will LOVE this one.) The Ghost of Goon Creek - Francesca Zappia (3.5 stars) A loner "ghost hunter" girl ends up taking a group of teens out to a haunted spot one night. She thinks they're humoring her for weird reasons, when really they just want to get to know her. Cute, but a bit of let down after the earlier spooky story if I'm honest. Thank you to Algonquin for Young Readers for my copy in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    I usually like anthologies, but this anthology unfortunately didn't quite work for me. - A young adult anthology with a range of genres (romance, contemporary, and even horror!) with a common theme that they all take place between sunset and sunrise. - Thematically, I loved how the stories were centered on vulnerability, decisions, and the discovery that comes with night-time. - My favourite stories: Like Before by Maurene Goo (this was just so bittersweet and a refreshing take on friendship), Cre I usually like anthologies, but this anthology unfortunately didn't quite work for me. - A young adult anthology with a range of genres (romance, contemporary, and even horror!) with a common theme that they all take place between sunset and sunrise. - Thematically, I loved how the stories were centered on vulnerability, decisions, and the discovery that comes with night-time. - My favourite stories: Like Before by Maurene Goo (this was just so bittersweet and a refreshing take on friendship), Creature Capture by Laura Silverman (I loved how this reminded me of the blissful days of Pokemon Go), Under Our Mask by Julian Winters (I want Julian to write superhero stories now). - My least favourite stories: Never Have I Ever by Karen M. McManus (the plot twist and sudden tonal shift did not work for me), and Shark Bait by Tiffany D. Jackson (this didn't quite land). I received a digital advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sofie |

    Thank you NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for the eARC for review! I'm no stranger to anthologies; I devoured My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories and Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet, which were, for the most part, cute and fluffy and atmospheric. Up All Night: 13 Stories between Sunset and Sunrise is a fun addition to my anthology collection! Like all of these types of books, it had some stories I loved, some I didn Thank you NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for the eARC for review! I'm no stranger to anthologies; I devoured My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories and Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet, which were, for the most part, cute and fluffy and atmospheric. Up All Night: 13 Stories between Sunset and Sunrise is a fun addition to my anthology collection! Like all of these types of books, it had some stories I loved, some I didn't, and some that bored me. I've made some verrrry rudimentary notes on each story, and have included my personal star rating. Never Have I Ever - Karen McManus 3.5 Stars - good plot twist Like Before - Maureen Goo 2 Stars - a bit boring. sad. - friends can grow apart but not sure why Alma and Britt were making Pepper feel bad about trying to fix their friendship? Old Rifts and Snow Drifts - Kayla Whaley 4 Stars - so dang cute. - wheelchair rep!! bi lead!! Con Nights, Parallel Hearts - Marieke Nijkamp 4 Stars - so sad and lovely. loved the friendship. - a bit jarring but once I understood what was happening, it was so sweet Kiss the Boy - Amanda Joy 4.5 Stars - LOVE. - Actually made me nostalgic for hs?? somehow?? Creature Capture - Laura Silverman 3 Stars - super cute but felt incomplete Shark Bait - Tiffany D Jackson 3 Stars - poignant and very sad. A Nice Place to Start - Nina LaCour 3.75 Stars - really cute. - loved the new-sibling dynamic (ngl thought it might get into gross lovey territory) When You Bring a Dog to Prom - Anna Meriano 3.5 Stars - cute but wanted more. that’s the romance lover in me Missing - Kathleen Glasgow 3 Stars so creepy. started slow but ended up very intrigued! What About Your Friends - Brandy Colbert 3 Stars - not the most exciting of all the stories Under our Masks - Julian Winters 5 Stars - lovveeeddd this one. got the tingles. The Ghost of Goon Creek - Francesca Zappia 3.5 Stars - nice story of perceptions and new friendships. hopeful I was expecting a few more romance focused stories, given the title and cover - looks so gorgeous!! Wish there had been a few more. I can think of plenttyyyy of lovey-dovey things that happen between sunset and sunrise. But LOVED how diverse every single story was. It was so seamless. Honestly, would love to see a few of these as full-length books!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Up All Night , the YA short story collection edited by Laura Silverman, contains stories that take place between sunrise and sunset. (Literally, not metaphorically.) I recently read a collection of YA short stories called Blackout, which took place during a blackout, so when I saw Bookstagram friends reading one called Up All Night , how could I resist? The 13 stories in this collection all take place between late afternoon/early evening and sunrise. They’re a mixed bag—some are love stories Up All Night , the YA short story collection edited by Laura Silverman, contains stories that take place between sunrise and sunset. (Literally, not metaphorically.) I recently read a collection of YA short stories called Blackout, which took place during a blackout, so when I saw Bookstagram friends reading one called Up All Night , how could I resist? The 13 stories in this collection all take place between late afternoon/early evening and sunrise. They’re a mixed bag—some are love stories, some are about friendship, and there are even a few creepy stories. There are a lot of YA authors whose work I enjoy in this collection—Julian Winters, Nina LaCour, Tiffany D. Jackson, Karen M. McManus—and some I’ve either never read before or I’m not familiar with. I loved the diversity in these stories—racial, gender, sexual, even characters with disabilities—but I never felt like those stories threw that in for effect. As with any short story collection, there are some stories that were stronger or resonated more with me. My favorites included “Under Our Masks” by Julian Winters, about a young superhero whose crush is the same person determined to reveal his identity; “Con Nights, Parallel Hearts” by Marieke Nijkamp, which reflected on a young woman’s desire to share her darkest secret with her best friend; “Old Rifts and Snowdrifts” by Kayla Whaley, about getting stranded during a snowstorm with your former best friend; and “Never Have I Ever” by Karen M. McManus, in which an innocent drinking game turns into something else. I continue to be amazed by the depth of talent among YA writers. There’s a reason why it’s among my favorite genres to read. We can debate the effectiveness of short stories for each of us—I’m clearly a fan—but it’s great to see so many writers sharing stories which might eventually become full-length works. (And even if they don't, they're still fun to read.) Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    When I cracked the spine of my ARC I was delighted to be greeted by an author whose work I had enjoyed. The first story Never Have I Ever by Karen McManus rocked me with its ending. I thought to myself if the rest of the stories are this good then this is going to be a delicious treat. But there was a part of me that was nervous. I put the book down and paused, What if the other stories aren't this good? I needn't have worried. There was not one story in this collection I did not like. When I got When I cracked the spine of my ARC I was delighted to be greeted by an author whose work I had enjoyed. The first story Never Have I Ever by Karen McManus rocked me with its ending. I thought to myself if the rest of the stories are this good then this is going to be a delicious treat. But there was a part of me that was nervous. I put the book down and paused, What if the other stories aren't this good? I needn't have worried. There was not one story in this collection I did not like. When I got to Silverman's Creature Capture the Pokenerd in me leaped for joy. But the game was just the setting. The real spark comes from this story's message: "Look." Emily leans toward me, eyes conspiratorial, voice lowered. "I'll let you in on a little secret. No one really cares about you--" My stomach drops. Wait? What-- "--and no one really cares about me, and no one really cares about anyone all that much except for themselves. We're all too focused being worried about what people think of us to spend time judging others, you know? So, like screw it. Be who you are." No one really cares. . . . I've spent so much of high school worried what other people will think of me, that I'm not like them, but maybe Emily is right. Maybe no one cares that I play Creature Capture or like knitting glow-in-the-dark scarves or think a wild Saturday night involves a Scrabble tournament with my parents. Maybe I should say screw it and just be me. And maybe, maybe then if someone does care, it'll be in a good way. There was a moment after reading Shark Bait where I turned the page to the next chapter, excited to see what would happen next. I got so lost in the story I forgot that was it. That was the end. Those characters were gone from me. I had to remind myself that this was a short story collection. Up All Night was not only representative of many genres, but also had characters of different abilities, cultures and sexualities. There was a range of themes covering friendship, blended families, first love, new horizons, letting down your mask and being genuine to yourself and your feelings. There is something for everyone here young and old. I am glad that I got the chance to check out 11 new-to-me authors. My TBR just got larger and richer for it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    Average Rating: 3.158 Stars Most Anticipated Stories: "Kiss the Boy" by Amanda Joy; "What About Your Friends" by Brandy Colbert; "Like Before" by Maureen Goo Favorite Stories: "Old Rifts and Snowdrifts" by Kayla Whaley; "Kiss the Boy" by Amanda Joy; "When You Bring a Dog to Prom" by Anna Meriano; "The Ghost of Goon Creek" by Francesca Zappia Least Favorite Stories: "Never Have I Ever" by Karen M. McManus; "Missing" by Kathleen Glasgow As a night owl, I was beyond excited for this anthology set betwe Average Rating: 3.158 Stars Most Anticipated Stories: "Kiss the Boy" by Amanda Joy; "What About Your Friends" by Brandy Colbert; "Like Before" by Maureen Goo Favorite Stories: "Old Rifts and Snowdrifts" by Kayla Whaley; "Kiss the Boy" by Amanda Joy; "When You Bring a Dog to Prom" by Anna Meriano; "The Ghost of Goon Creek" by Francesca Zappia Least Favorite Stories: "Never Have I Ever" by Karen M. McManus; "Missing" by Kathleen Glasgow As a night owl, I was beyond excited for this anthology set between dusk and dawn. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this and found some great stories by authors I love, and a few by some new-to-me authors as well -which I always my favorite part of anthologies! Never Have I Ever by Karen M McManus | ★★☆☆☆ (Mystery/Thriller) I have to say, I think the anthology had a bit of a weak start for me. While the premise of Never Have I Ever is a classic, and the addition of a 'haunted' house was fun. I think the story just didn't deliver on the build up - it was a bit rushed. Grace Finch sneaks out to a party and wants to shed some of her good girl image, but things take an unsuspected (and deadly) turn as the game progresses. Like Before by Maureen Goo | ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars) (Contemporary) This story features a sleepover, a scavenger hunt, and a group of friends who have drifted apart over high school. And while I do think it was done well, and paced well, it was a bit of a downer and I didn't love that. Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley | ★★★★☆ (Romance) Eleanor works in her best friends, Melanie's family floral shop, and has been crushing on Melanie's twin brother Owen for ages. But the two have barely spoken since a fall out the year before, but Nori's crush remains strong. When an unexpected snow storm leaves the two stranded in the florist greenhouse, a new romance might just bloom. This was just so adorable! And it was amazing to see Eleanor use a wheelchair in the story! Con Nights and Parallel Hearts by Marieke Nijkamp | ★★☆☆☆ (SciFi) Quinn and her two best friends, Clara and McKenna, are camping out for meet and greet tickets to one of their favorite shows, Parallel Hearts. I was a bit confused by the story structure at first, but we get to see parallel 'what-ifs' showing Quinn confiding in McKenna or keeping her struggles to herself. Trigger Warning for parental abuse Kiss the Boy by Amanda Joy | ★★★★★ (Romance) Class president Ayanna is determined to make this year's senior game night great - and finally complete her kiss pact she and her two best friends started at the beginning of high school, to kiss their crush before graduation. And with only hours to go before the school year ends, Ayanna and Khalil grown closer over the night. I would love a full story of them in college living their best life. Creature Capture by Laura Silverman | ★★★☆☆ (Contemporary) Abby and her best friend Curtis stay out all night playing this world s version of Pokemon-Go, called "Creature Capture" and Abby only needs the very rare Loch Ness monster to beat the game. They run into some classmates on their journey and Abby learns a lesson about unapologetic passions. Shark Bait by Tiffany D. Jackson | ★★★☆☆ (Contemporary) This story was a wild ride. Candice and her mother are spending the summer in Martha's Vineyard, trying to get away from her father's cheating scandal. But she finds that being one of the only Black people on the island can be isolating. And after a bonfire party turns bad, Candice has some decisions to make about where she's going to spend her next school year. A Place to Start by Nina LaCour | ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars) (Contemporary) Claude is moving into her new house while her mom and new stepmom are away on their honeymoon. With new step-sibling Jaime, the two decide to redecorate the house a bit and make it a more homey and welcoming space. This was a sweet bonding, family story that I really enjoyed. When You Bring a Dog to Prom by Anna Meriano | ★★★★☆ (Romance) After being ditched on prom night (so her date could go to the queer anti-Prom with his boyfriend) Noemi is hoping that her long-standing crush on Jayden (her best friend Jayla's twin brother) might actually go somewhere. I really liked this entire group, I got a great feeling form them and the friendship felt genuine. There was also some good humor too! Missing by Kathleen Glasgow | ★☆☆☆☆ (Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal) This story just felt like it was all over the play. I couldn't pin down the characters ages, their relationships to each other. And none of them was likeable at all. But these four friends, along with a younger sibling in tow, decide to mess around with ghosts and break into an abandoned asylum. What About Your Friends by Brandy Colbert | | ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars) (Contemporary) Michaela comes back from her gap year early and runs into her former best friend Eleanor at a charity dance marathon at the school. The two start to reconnect and Eleanor shares about the community she found with her Black Sorority. It was nice to see a former friend story where the two reconnect - and while it's not what it was before there's hope. Under Our Masks by Julian Winters | ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars) (SciFi) Tristian Jackson is a vigilante, who wants a break from some of the confining rules of his superhero family. Tristian decides to help Arash catch Raven (aka Tristian) in the act so he can interview him. As the two boys spend the night on a rooftop, they bond and are just all around super cute. The Goon Creek Ghost by Francesca Zappia | ★★★★☆☆ (Contemporary) Self proclaimed loner and local lore expert, Sydney Endrizzi agrees to help Gracie Cheng try and capture the local ghosts. A few unexpected people show up along the way and the group spends the night sharing stories and waiting for a ghost to show up. This was a great friendship story and had a lot of heart. I feel like this is the perfect anthology to read right before bed. You can read a story a night and it would feel all the more perfect. While I don't think I can say this is my favorite anthology, I had a great time with the stories and look forward to more from all of these amazing and talented authors. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah {The Clever Reader}

    This was such a fun read. I enjoyed each of the stories and appreciated how different each one of them was. There was a broad selection of topics from lighter to more seriously themed. The collection of stories are relatable to a variety of readers and I thought that was well done. I discovered new authors and revisited some of my favorites. I picked up the audio and the variety of narrators also lent so much to each individual story and I could hear the tone of each author in each story. I woul This was such a fun read. I enjoyed each of the stories and appreciated how different each one of them was. There was a broad selection of topics from lighter to more seriously themed. The collection of stories are relatable to a variety of readers and I thought that was well done. I discovered new authors and revisited some of my favorites. I picked up the audio and the variety of narrators also lent so much to each individual story and I could hear the tone of each author in each story. I would recommend the audio for those who are avid audiobook listeners because it was a great experience. If you're not sure what you're looking for something to read but aren't sure what you're in the mood for than I definitely recommend this anthology. These stories range from romantic to spooky to emotional to comedic. There's even a story that makes a play on Pokemon Go but with monsters. You'll get a taste of different genres which made this a great experience. I definitely recommend this!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    Individual story ratings: Never Have I Ever by Karen M. McManus: 3.5 stars Like Before by Maureen Goo: 3 stars Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley: 4.5 stars Con Nights and Parallel Hearts by Marieke Nijkamp: 4 stars (TW for discussion of parental abuse) Kiss the Boy by Amanda Joy: 4 stars Creature Capture by Laura Silverman: 3.5 stars Shark Bait by Tiffany D. Jackson: 3.5 stars A Place to Start by Nina LaCour: 4 stars When You Bring a Dog to Prom by Anna Meriano: 4.5 stars Missing by Kathleen Glasno Individual story ratings: Never Have I Ever by Karen M. McManus: 3.5 stars Like Before by Maureen Goo: 3 stars Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley: 4.5 stars Con Nights and Parallel Hearts by Marieke Nijkamp: 4 stars (TW for discussion of parental abuse) Kiss the Boy by Amanda Joy: 4 stars Creature Capture by Laura Silverman: 3.5 stars Shark Bait by Tiffany D. Jackson: 3.5 stars A Place to Start by Nina LaCour: 4 stars When You Bring a Dog to Prom by Anna Meriano: 4.5 stars Missing by Kathleen Glasnow: 2.5 stars What About Your Friends by Brandy Colbert: 3 stars Under Our Masks by Julian Winters: 4 stars The Goon Creek Ghost by Francesca Zappia: 4 stars General thoughts: This was such a fun idea for an anthology and I’m really happy with the stories that were included. Being a night owl myself, I definitely think there’s something a little magical about the nighttime; everyone’s a little bit braver, everything is a little bit more potent. I felt that this anthology captured that feeling really well. I think this has something for everyone! There’s a good mix of stories from different genres from contemporary and romance to sci-fi and thriller. The diversity represented with race, disability and LGBTQ rep throughout all of the stories was really great and it’d so important to see more of this in literature, especially the YA genre. Some of the stories had surprising twists that kept me on my toes and changed my whole outlook on the story in the very last sentence. I’ve only recently started reading anthologies and this one made me want to check out more!

  9. 5 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    Thank you Algonquin for an ARC of this book for an honest review. This anthology contains 13 stories that all take place overnight. It is also written by 13 different authors such as Tiffany D. Jackson and Kathleen Glasgow. I loved the variety of stories the book contained along from all different Genres. I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. A-

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily {ON HIATUS UNTIL THE 21ST}

    This anthology was okay. Not my favorite, but still pretty good overall. Some stories were a lot better than others. However, there was a TON of diversity and representation, and that's always cool to see. Never Have I Ever by Karen McManus - ☆☆.5 - This story was a lot shorter than the others, and there was a big plot twist that felt rushed, random, and very incomplete. Like Before by Maurene Goo - ☆☆ - This one was pretty sad and I wasn't a big fan of the storyline in general. Old Rifts and Snowd This anthology was okay. Not my favorite, but still pretty good overall. Some stories were a lot better than others. However, there was a TON of diversity and representation, and that's always cool to see. Never Have I Ever by Karen McManus - ☆☆.5 - This story was a lot shorter than the others, and there was a big plot twist that felt rushed, random, and very incomplete. Like Before by Maurene Goo - ☆☆ - This one was pretty sad and I wasn't a big fan of the storyline in general. Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley - ☆☆☆☆.5 - I really enjoyed this one! It was sweet and simple, and (view spoiler)[I loved the HEA! (hide spoiler)] Con Nights, Parallel Hearts by Marieke Nijkamp - ☆☆ - I was pretty confused until I understood how the story was being told, but I just didn't click with it. Had a really good message, though. Kiss the Boy by Amanda Joy - ☆☆☆ - A really cute, fluffy story about high school and senior night! Creature Capture by Laura Silverman - ☆☆☆☆☆ - My favorite out of all the stories! It was really sweet and had a great message about friendship. Shark Bait by Tiffany D. Jackson - ☆☆ - Had a lot of really important messages about the fight against racism, but the story had a really sudden plot twist and (view spoiler)[no HEA. 😥 (hide spoiler)] I just didn't really like the sudden change in the story. A Place to Start by Nina LaCour - ☆☆☆.5 - This was a great story about new siblings, and I enjoyed reading about the growing sibling relationship between two strangers forced to be family. When You Bring Your Dog to Prom by Anna Meriano - ☆☆☆.5 - This was a sweet story about a night at prom and finding love. Missing by Kathleen Glasgow - ☆.5 - A really creepy ghost story about friends trying to find out the secrets of an abandoned women's asylum. Very scary and kinda disturbing. What About Your Friends by Brandy Colbert - ☆☆☆.5 - Sweet story about forgiveness, friendship, and misunderstandings. Eleanor and Michaela's relationship was inspiring and I loved how the story ended. Under Our Masks by Julian Winters - ☆☆.75 - This was a sweet story about heroes in disguise and requited love. The Ghost of Goon Creek by Francesca Zappia - ☆☆☆☆.5 - One of my favorite stories in the anthology, this was a wonderful story about finding friends in unexpected places and learning how to put yourself out there. So, that's it. Some great stories, and some not-so-great stories. There's something for everyone in this anthology set from dusk till dawn.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marti M

    This was such a lovely little collection of YA short stories all set in the very early hours of the morning. I loved the diversity of both authors and characters as well as genres, from romcom to fantasy to even spooky ghost stories. I think there’s a story here for everyone. Breakdown: Never Have I Ever by Karen M McManus: 5⭐️ -hoooooooly shit that was amazing Like Before by Maureen Goo: 4⭐️ -damn this is so realistic and sad Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley: 3⭐️ -cute and fluffy Con Nights, This was such a lovely little collection of YA short stories all set in the very early hours of the morning. I loved the diversity of both authors and characters as well as genres, from romcom to fantasy to even spooky ghost stories. I think there’s a story here for everyone. Breakdown: Never Have I Ever by Karen M McManus: 5⭐️ -hoooooooly shit that was amazing Like Before by Maureen Goo: 4⭐️ -damn this is so realistic and sad Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley: 3⭐️ -cute and fluffy Con Nights, Parallel hearts by Marieke Nijkamp: 4⭐️ -this one was heavy but lovely, tw for child sexual abuse Kiss The Boy by Amanda Joy: 3⭐️ -cute and sweet and innocent Creature Capture by Laura Silverman: 4⭐️ -like Pokémon Go but with all the Natalia is of senior year Shark Bait by Tiffany D Jackson: 4⭐️ -ummmm excuse me what was that ending!!!??? A Place To Start by Nina Lacour: 4⭐️ -this was so fun and sweet When You Bring A Dog To Prom by Anna Meriano: 4⭐️ -this one made me miss high school and prom Missing by Kathleen Glasgow: 3⭐️ -spoopy What About Your Friends by Brandy Colbert: 3.5⭐️ -I kinda want a whole book on this one and not just a short story Under Our Masks by Julian Winters: 5⭐️ -gay superheroes are my weakness The Ghost of Goon Creak by Francesca Zappia 4⭐️ -I love ghost stories and I love friendship stories

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    This was a really nice set of stories, all happening in the middle of the night, sometimes for a short time, sometimes all night long. I really liked the diversity of the stories, all different from one another, and also in terms of queerness, POC, disabilities or mental illness. A nice bunch of representation, not necessarily the main aspect of the story. I really liked the last two ones, by Julian Winters and Francesca Zappia

  13. 5 out of 5

    babs.books

    E-ARC Review - Thank you so much to NetGalley for this ARC! 4.5⭐️ “We’re all too focused being worried about what people think of us to spend time judging others, you know? So, like screw it. Be who you are.” - My new life motto, but also a quote from one of the several amazing stories included in this anthology. I had such a great time reading this glorious collection. It had a little bit of everything: romance, friendships, coming of age stories, mysteries, superheroes, you name it! But the best E-ARC Review - Thank you so much to NetGalley for this ARC! 4.5⭐️ “We’re all too focused being worried about what people think of us to spend time judging others, you know? So, like screw it. Be who you are.” - My new life motto, but also a quote from one of the several amazing stories included in this anthology. I had such a great time reading this glorious collection. It had a little bit of everything: romance, friendships, coming of age stories, mysteries, superheroes, you name it! But the best part about all of these stories was the constant LGBTQIAP+, POC, and disability rep. They were such awesome, personal, lovely, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyful stories that I know I will carry in my heart for a long time. Can’t wait to read more from all of these authors! Here’s a bit more about each of the stories featured in this collection: - Never Have I Ever, by Karen M. McManus A good girl, a bad boy, and a game of Never Have I Ever gone all the way wrong. It was equal parts funny, tense, and surprising! I thought I knew where the story was going, but nope! Loved the ending! - Like Before, by Maurene Goo It’s the summer before senior year, and Pepper plans one last Hail Mary sleepover to save her friendships. This story packed a punch, it was sweet and raw and super emotional. Get your tissues out for this one! - Old Rifts and Snowdrifts, by Kayla Whaley An unexpected snowstorm traps Eleanor at her job in the flower shop, alongside someone she swore she’d never speak to again. This was such a heartwarming story and I adored Eleanor’s POV. Loved the disability rep, especially when portrayed as the love interest! I could read a whole novel with Nori as the main character. - Con Nights, Parallel Hearts, by Marieke Nijkamp Friends camp out overnight outside the big Con center to meet the creator of their favorite show. The city air feels full of possibility, and Quinn wonders if tonight will finally be the night she shares her deepest, darkest secret with them. This story was so damn gut wrenching. Many a hot, angry tear was shed. But I loved the parallel universe theme, it gave the story a really cool twist! - Kiss the Boy, by Amanda Joy As president of student council, Ayana’s in charge of making sure the school’s most anticipated event of the year goes without a hitch. But she and her friends have a more important plan to see through: finally get Ayana to kiss her longtime crush. This adorable “will they/won’t they” love story is the perfect amounts of funny, nostalgic, and sweet. It almost made me miss high school! Almost! - Creature Capture, by Laura Silverman Abby likes the game Creature Capture. A lot. And on the night they release the long sought after Loch Ness, Abby drags her best friend Curtis along in the hopes of catching one to complete her index, and finally putting away these so-called childish things for good. My younger inner self has probably never identified with a character more than with Abby. This “day in the life of a shy, nerdy girl” story was like looking into my past! I adored it! Especially the important lesson she learns at the end of the story. A+ for originality. - Shark Bait, by Tiffany D. Jackson Candice and her mom moved to Martha’s Vineyard to start a new life after an awful split with her dad. And that’s where she meets blue-eyed, blond haired Hunter. He’s a peaceful place for Candice to land, but is he really everything he seems? And is this new life what she really wants? This story touched on some great discussions about race and family dynamics. I enjoyed the premise a lot, though I feel like it would have fit better in a longer format, because I wanted to know so much more about the main characters! Also, that ending was excellent! - A Place to Start, by Nina LaCour Claude and Jamie are new stepsiblings, and after their mothers’ long wedding day, all they want to do is head home. But what do they do when their brand new, perfectly decorated house doesn’t make them feel at home? I’m such a sucker for sibling stories, so this was a real treat. It was a little sweet, a little sad, and a lot relatable. Nina LaCour painted a really vivid picture with her words. - When You Bring a Dog to Prom, by Anna Meriano Noemi is helping her best friend Jayla pull off her vision of the perfect prom, even though Noemi’s version of that included Jayla’s twin brother Jayden as her prom date. But Jayden shows up with a last minute date, and their emotional support golden retriever. Will this end up being the perfect prom or a perfect disaster? This story was really fun, it had great pacing, and I loved seeing a diverse cast of characters just letting loose and not having the story center around their diversity. Just a group of friends having the perfect, chaotic night. I want more stories like this! - Missing, by Kathleen Glasgow Kate had just lost her mother, which was why the idea of ghost hunting with her group of friends, or ghosts in general, intrigued her. Their destination was the local abandoned Lunatic Asylum, and Kate had to drag her quiet, weird little sister Lissy along with them while their dad worked. But their visit to the asylum started off strange and only got stranger from there. This story was such a great break from the lighter, happier stories in this collection. It was so spooky and weird, and I wanted to know so much more!! Kathleen Glasgow set the eerie scene beautifully, and the way the story ended was perfection. - What About Your Friends, by Brandy Colbert In her freshman year, Michaela joins Brockert College’s annual dance marathon, but she didn’t expect to run into her former best friend Eleanor there... whom she had completely ghosted while traveling through Europe. Can these two friends find a way to bridge the gap between them after Michaela’s failed gap year? This was such a sweet friendship story, and the awkward “are we still friends” situation is so relatable. The dance marathon was a really creative setting for this story. Also, now I’m going to have TLC’s What About Your Friends stuck in my head, so thanks Brandy! - Under Our Masks, by Julian Winters Tristan Jackson is a masked vigilante, studying for Algebra by day and fighting supervillains by night. But when his school crush asks for his help to stake out Tristan’s alter alter-ego Raven, he seizes the opportunity to get closer to him. Will Tristan reveal his true identity to Arash? Or, more importantly, his true feelings? Ok, this is it. This is my favorite story in this collection. A teenaged superhero hanging out with his crush all night? I need someone to make this into a TV show. Also, I adored Julian’s writing. Those lines about feeling obligated to announce ourselves to make others comfortable? I felt those words in my sternum. More of this, please! - The Ghost of Goon Creek, by Francesca Zappia Sydney Endrizzi is known all over Goon Creek as the resident expert on the paranormal, which always made her feel like an outsider at school. So when a few of her classmates ask to tag along on her yearly outing to find the Ghost of Goon Creek, she’s very confused and a little apprehensive. But Sydney quickly learns appearances can be deceiving, and that making friends may actually be easier than finding a ghost. This story is one I wish my younger self had read. I kind of want to buy a copy of just this story and distribute it across all my local high schools, so kids can realize sooner how many more friends they could have if they just put themselves out there! I loved this story and the spooky setting! I kind of wanted it to be a little spookier, but the fact that it ended up being the origin story of a Scooby-doo-like gang was enough for me. I would love to follow them on more adventures.

  14. 4 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: Never Have I Ever by Karen McManus: East Asian American side character, South Asian American side characters Like Before by Maurene Goo: Korean American mc, lesbian side character Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley: bi disabled mc, Japanese American li Con Nights, Parallel Hearts by Marieke Nijkamp: sapphic mc, nonbinary li(?) Kiss the Boy by Amanda Joy: Black mcs, gay side characters, side m/m Creature Capture by Laura Silverman: Jewish bi mc Shark Bait by Tiffany D. Jackson: Black mc, bira rep: Never Have I Ever by Karen McManus: East Asian American side character, South Asian American side characters Like Before by Maurene Goo: Korean American mc, lesbian side character Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley: bi disabled mc, Japanese American li Con Nights, Parallel Hearts by Marieke Nijkamp: sapphic mc, nonbinary li(?) Kiss the Boy by Amanda Joy: Black mcs, gay side characters, side m/m Creature Capture by Laura Silverman: Jewish bi mc Shark Bait by Tiffany D. Jackson: Black mc, biracial li A Place to Start by Nina LaCour: lesbian character, bi character, side f/f, nonbinary character When You Bring a Dog to Prom by Anna Meriano: Latina mc, Filipino American li, Filipino American bi side character, nonbinary side character, side f/nb, gay side character What About Your Friends by Brandy Colbert: Black mc Under Our Masks by Julian Winters: Black gay mc, Indian American gay li The Ghost of Goon Creek by Francesca Zappia: Arab American side character tw: Con Nights, Parallel Hearts by Marieke Nijkamp: child sexual abuse, domestic abuse Shark Bait by Tiffany D. Jackson: infidelity, car crash Missing by Kathleen Glasgow: death of a parent, self harm

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    RTC on blog. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy. I really enjoyed all the stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Up all night composes of thirteen different stories that tell about some of the adventures young adults do when their parents are away, and let’s admit it been there done that, right? Lol. Anyway, these have paranormal stories, family, friendship, adventure, prom, and even superheroes! Never have I ever, and Missing are my favorite; both are creepy and entertaining. The rest of the stories are delightful, and the characters are all likable. Ge your copy today!⁣

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Silverman

    Hi y'all! I'm so thrilled for readers to experience Up All Night! This anthology was an absolute joy to work on. Every single writer created magic on the page. I am so proud and grateful. These stories all hold a special place in my heart, and I hope they will find their way into your hearts as well. A TW for those reading ARCs - there is a Harry Potter reference in my story Creature Capture. This story was written before J.K. Rowling opened her transphobic mouth. As soon as she did, I requested Hi y'all! I'm so thrilled for readers to experience Up All Night! This anthology was an absolute joy to work on. Every single writer created magic on the page. I am so proud and grateful. These stories all hold a special place in my heart, and I hope they will find their way into your hearts as well. A TW for those reading ARCs - there is a Harry Potter reference in my story Creature Capture. This story was written before J.K. Rowling opened her transphobic mouth. As soon as she did, I requested the line be removed from the story. It was too late to remove it from ARCs, but it won't be in the final copies. I 100% support the trans community and reject J.K. Rowling's hate and bullying. Thank you, Laura

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Reading Raccoon

    Up All Night is an anthology of different YA stories that take place from dusk to dawn. I like anthologies to seek out new authors but I usually find the stories are too short to really pull me in. Overall my favorites were by: Karen M McManus, Maureen Goo, Kayla Whaley and Tiffany D Jackson. Although I only had four stands outs out of thirteen I think there is enough diversity in plots (thrillers, romance, ghosts, family issues, superhero and friendships) and in characters (LBGQT, non-binary, P Up All Night is an anthology of different YA stories that take place from dusk to dawn. I like anthologies to seek out new authors but I usually find the stories are too short to really pull me in. Overall my favorites were by: Karen M McManus, Maureen Goo, Kayla Whaley and Tiffany D Jackson. Although I only had four stands outs out of thirteen I think there is enough diversity in plots (thrillers, romance, ghosts, family issues, superhero and friendships) and in characters (LBGQT, non-binary, POC and a wheel chair user) for every reader to have relatable content and a few favorite stories from the collection. “Never Have I Ever” by Karen M McManus- a truth or dare type game at a party turns into a daring trip to a haunted mansion with the local cute bad boy. Fun little story with a surprise. Four stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Like Before” by Maureen Goo- a trio of girls who have grown apart try to have an epic adventure before they go their separate ways after high school. This short story did a nice job showing the complicated dynamics between young women growing up and moving on. Four stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Old Rifts and Snowdrifts” by Kayla Whaley- a pair of former best friends are stuck together in a snow storm and are forced to dissect their relationship. This one has a lot of romance plus the representation that readers might be looking for (LBGQT, POC, main character in a wheelchair) Four stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Con Nights, Parallel Hearts” by Marieke Nijkamp- two teenage roommates wait outside a Comic Con type event and discuss their past, relationship and closely held secrets. Readers may enjoy seeing a non-gender conforming character on the page but I found the endless quotes and discussions around a fictional Sci Fi tv show too niche. Two stars ⭐️⭐️ “Kiss The Boy” by Amanda Joy- light, fluffy story about a girl who made a goal to kiss a certain boy by the time they graduated. Too many descriptions everyone’s physical appearances and clothes which took me out of the story Two stars ⭐️⭐️ “Creature Capture” by Laura Silverman- this is fictional video game type story (a similar game to Pokémon Go” about a girl feeling out of step with her contemporaries while she goes on the hunt for digital creatures. I find it really hard to connect to these super niche type plots about nerdy stuff and get bored quickly. Two stars ⭐️⭐️ “Shark Bait” by Tiffany D Jackson- a girl is forced to decide between her new home on Martha’s Vineyard with her boyfriend vs her old private school in the city. Beautiful descriptions of the island and a thought examination of teen relationships and racism. Four stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A Place to Start” by Nina LaCour- story about two new step siblings that use a long night after their mom’s wedding to make their new home their own Three stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ “When You Bring a Dog to Prom” by Anna Mariano- a group of teens have an epic prom night Three stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Missing” by Kathleen Glasgow- a group of girls explore an abandoned asylum. Very creepy and scary. Three stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ “What about your friends” by Brandy Colbert- two young women that were once best friends reunite at a college dance-a-thin after. Very character driven and not a lot happens Three stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Under Our Masks” by Julian Winters- superhero comes out to a new friend (and love interest) as both being gay and a vigilante. Not really my kind of story, a lot of chat chat chat and not much happening Two stars ⭐️⭐️ “The Ghost of Goon Creek” by Francesca Zappia- group of high school kids go on the hunt for an urban legend and a girl realizes that it’s time to make some friends. Lots of introspection and talking but not a lot of action Three stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    This was my first time reading an anthology and I loved every minute of it! On top of having the title of a classic One Direction song, this book also was an absolute blast to read. It had something for everyone with everything from mysteries to sappy romance. Truly, this book was a neverending joy. I loved that each story was so different, yet still so enjoyable. And most of them ended way too soon! Most of these short stories could have been made into a full-length novel and I would have loved This was my first time reading an anthology and I loved every minute of it! On top of having the title of a classic One Direction song, this book also was an absolute blast to read. It had something for everyone with everything from mysteries to sappy romance. Truly, this book was a neverending joy. I loved that each story was so different, yet still so enjoyable. And most of them ended way too soon! Most of these short stories could have been made into a full-length novel and I would have loved them all the same. I particularly loved NEVER HAVE I EVER by McManus, KISS THE BOY by Joy, UNDER OUR MASKS by Winters, and MISSING by Glasgow. Each of these stories was very different and so I loved them for different reasons. One thing from each of them though was the intrigue and twists in McManus', the romance in Joy's and Winters', and the extreeeeeeeme creepiness and shock factor of Glasgow's. You've gotta read this one! Even if you're not interested in all the stories, I guarantee you'll love more than one. I know you'll be glad you read it. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I mean, did you see this author lineup? Was there even a doubt that these stories would slay? In case there was, I am here to tell you that this collection absolutely lived up to (and exceeded) my expectations. Anthologies can be iffy, right? Some stories are hits, some are misses? Not so here! I enjoyed each and every story, which is kind of bananas for an anthology! I think that the se You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I mean, did you see this author lineup? Was there even a doubt that these stories would slay? In case there was, I am here to tell you that this collection absolutely lived up to (and exceeded) my expectations. Anthologies can be iffy, right? Some stories are hits, some are misses? Not so here! I enjoyed each and every story, which is kind of bananas for an anthology! I think that the setup of the stories taking place in a single night lends itself perfectly to short stories, which helps.  There was a great mix of story genres as well. I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in, but I was so glad to see the variety of stories. Also, there was a lot of diversity from many diverse authors, which was a huge win of course. None of them completely stuck with me after reading, hence the four stars, but they were all solidly good, and that is good enough for me! I was entertained throughout, and always excited for the next story, so this anthology is certainly a win.  Bottom Line: This anthology benefitted from a perfect setup and some incredible authors. If you're looking for some awesome short stories, look no further!

  21. 4 out of 5

    FloeticFlo

    This was okay. I only really liked maybe 2-3 stories. Some I liked okay. A few ended too abruptly. A few were ehhh, okay. I did appreciate the range of experiences — it was not just romance, but friendship, family issues, and other topics.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Luke Reynolds

    ARC Review (1/2/21, received through Edelweiss+) Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars This was a super fun and sweet collection, full of surprises, adventures, and heart-stopping romances beneath the dusky night sky. "Never Have I Ever" by Karen M. McManus-4 out of 5 stars: A cliche romantic comedy about an innocent game of Never Have I Ever goes south when the bad boy shows up, a murder scene is uncovered, and the sheriff's daughter reveals she might not be so lawful after all. This story surprised m ARC Review (1/2/21, received through Edelweiss+) Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars This was a super fun and sweet collection, full of surprises, adventures, and heart-stopping romances beneath the dusky night sky. "Never Have I Ever" by Karen M. McManus-4 out of 5 stars: A cliche romantic comedy about an innocent game of Never Have I Ever goes south when the bad boy shows up, a murder scene is uncovered, and the sheriff's daughter reveals she might not be so lawful after all. This story surprised me a lot; it was entertaining and fun in a predictable but fun way. "Like Before" by Maurene Goo-4.5 out of 5 stars: One girl's attempt to reignite the friendship between her and her two best friends goes from hilarious to heartbreaking as she realizes it might be impossible, maybe even selfish, because she's scared of a future without them. LGBTQIAP+ rep includes Alma, one of the friends, who is gay. "Old Rifts and Snowdrifts" by Kayla Whaley-5 out of 5 stars: An adorable short story about an unexpected January snowstorm in Georgia and two friends realizing their unvoiced feelings for each other led to a lack of communication. It's awesome to see an author with a disability writing, especially to see a lead character with a disability present in a story and in a romantic one at that. I also loved the apron bit LOL. LGBTQIAP+ rep includes Eleanor, our leading lady in a wheelchair, who is bi or pan (never stated on page directly). "Con Nights, Parallel Hearts" by Marieke Nijkamp-3 out of 5 stars: Three friends wait outside a convention on a rainy night, and one girl's confession to her closest friend play out in three alternate endings. I've always found writing about fictional fandoms a little clunky, but I like how the concept of the fictional TV show integrated into a place where Quinn, the protagonist, could decide whether or not she wanted to tell McKenna, the friend who stays awake, about the abuse she faced at the hands of her father. LGBTQIAP+ rep includes Quinn, who is gay, and McKenna, who is non-binary. "Kiss the Boy" by Amanda Joy-3 out of 5 stars: This was a cute one! A senior graduation game night becomes a quest to fulfill a best friendship pact: kiss the boy. It was really surprising to see a Black fantasy author writing realistic fiction, but it worked well! LGBTQIAP+ rep includes Malcolm, one of the BFFs, who is gay, and Detroit, his boyfriend. "Creature Capture" by Laura Silverman-2.5 out of 5 stars: This story reeked of "I'm not like other teens, WAH" energy. A nerdy girl and her best friend are joined by a soccer star and her younger sister on a quest to find the Loch Ness Monster in a fantastical creature version of Pokémon Go. LGBTQIAP+ rep includes Abby, the narrator, who is bi. "Shark Bait" by Tiffany D. Jackson-2.5 out of 5 stars: An innocent love story between a Black girl who wants to prove that she's more than just a token and a biracial boy who's white-passing turns into a discussion of racism and a gory ending. "A Place to Start" by Nina LaCour-3.5 out of 5 stars: After a slow beginning, this story really opened up in a sparse and emotionally resonant way, per LaCour's style. Two step siblings adjust to their moms getting married after they've left for their honeymoon, working together to make some changes to make home feel more like home. LGBTQIAP+ rep includes Jamie, the stepsibling, who's non-binary and queer, and both of the moms, who are both gay. "When You Bring a Dog to Prom" by Anna Meriano-2 out of 5 stars: Although refreshingly diverse and adorable by the end, I couldn't stand Noemi's jealousy and cared more about Dodge and their dog than her. Regardless, a classmate with an emotional support dog is Noemi's crush's date, for some reason, and she wants to spend more time with him. Cue miscommunication and shenanigans. LGBTQIAP+ rep includes Jayla, Noemi's queer bestie, Dodge, who is non-binary, and Austin, Noemi's ditching gay date. "Missing" by Kathleen Glasgow-5 out of 5 stars: An absolutely terrifying and gut-wrenching horror story about four girls who begrudgingly bring along one of their little sisters to a women's mental asylum full of ghosts. "What About Your Friends" by Brandy Colbert-4 out of 5 stars: Two childhood friends that separated once one went on a (surprisingly parent-funded and encouraged) gap year cut short due to racism reunite at a college all-day dance marathon. "Under Our Masks" by Julian Winters-3 out of 5 stars: Despite some cringy dialogue, this was really cute! A vigilante hides his secret identity as he and his crush scout for said vigilante. LGBTQIAP+ rep includes the lead and his love interest, who are both gay. "The Ghost of Goon Creek" by Francesca Zappia-3.5 out of 5 stars: Although filled with the sort of popularity judgment in Silverman's story, I liked this one more. A social pariah gets asked to be interviewed for the school newspaper about a local ghost, and a group of the interviewer's friends join the party. It leads to more friendship.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pine Reads Review

    “‘I’ve never stayed up all night before.’” -“A Place to Start” by Nina LaCour I’ll admit it: I’m a night owl. More often than not, I’m awake—and likely reading—in the secret hours after midnight, those moments when it feels as if I’m the only person awake in the entire city. And while that is usually true of my household, it’s definitely not true in a city of half a million people. Still, there’s something special about being awake when most people are sleeping…and that is exactly the premise of e “‘I’ve never stayed up all night before.’” -“A Place to Start” by Nina LaCour I’ll admit it: I’m a night owl. More often than not, I’m awake—and likely reading—in the secret hours after midnight, those moments when it feels as if I’m the only person awake in the entire city. And while that is usually true of my household, it’s definitely not true in a city of half a million people. Still, there’s something special about being awake when most people are sleeping…and that is exactly the premise of editor Laura Silverman’s new anthology: Up All Night: 13 Stories Between Sunset and Sunrise. Set in the hours between dusk and dawn, each story in this anthology is wonderfully unique. From a game of Never Have I Ever gone wrong to step-siblings rearranging their new house to a dance marathon raising money for a children’s hospital, every single story brings amazing representation, fun plots, and beautiful messages to the table. While I enjoyed all of the stories, six in particular stood out to me: “The Ghost of Goon Creek” by Francesca Zappia, “Creature Capture” by Laura Silverman, “Under Our Masks” by Julian Winters, “Kiss the Boy” by Amanda Joy, “When You Bring a Dog to Prom” by Anna Meriano, and “Old Rifts and Snowdrifts” by Kayla Whaley. Let’s explore them together, shall we? “‘When I go, I stay out all night. That’s part of the story. You have to stay until sunrise.’” -“The Ghost of Goon Creek” by Francesca Zappia Two of my favorite stories, “The Ghost of Goon Creek” by Francesca Zappia and “Creature Capture” by Laura Silverman, became my favorites because they tackle the idea of a character not “fitting in,” something I’ve experienced in my own life. In Zappia’s self-proclaimed ghost story, Sydney Endrizzi thinks that everyone at school considers her weird because she loves ghost stories and is usually by herself, now that her brother has left for college. When the school newspaper feature editor, Grace Chang, asks Sydney to be her guide to a supposedly haunted cemetery and three other popular students end up tagging along, Sydney discovers things about herself—and her newfound friends—that she never realized before. “The Ghost of Goon Creek” emits such campfire story vibes that I wanted to break out the graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. I loved the transformative journey Sydney goes on throughout the story as she learns that there’s more to everyone than how they may seem at school. Zappia’s story ended the anthology, and it left me with such warm feelings of hope. Sydney may not be like everyone else, but as she discovers at the cemetery, there is no one “right” way to be. Meanwhile, Silverman’s story “Creature Capture” takes readers back to the hey-days of Pokémon Go with a super cool game called Creature Capture where players capture mythological creatures. As a huge fan of mythology, I wish I could play this game! The story centers around Abby Kleinman who’s been playing Creature Capture for years, even though it’s no longer that popular anymore. She’s self-conscious about how much she plays it instead of “chilling” like everyone else her age, but she just needs one more creature to complete her index. Unfortunately for her, Loch Ness Monsters are hard to catch, so she teams up with her best friend Curtis, a new friend Emily, and Emily’s little sister. As the night wears on with no sign of a Loch Ness Monster, Abby has to decide what’s more important: trying to fit in and losing a part of herself or being who she is unapologetically. I needed this story. Silverman expertly combines the fun of Creature Capture with Abby learning to accept herself, and it’s just perfect. We can all get in our heads, wondering how people see us and what they think of us, but as Emily tells Abby: “‘We’re all too focused being worried about what people think of us to spend time judging others, you know? So, like screw it. Be who you are.’” And as Abby responds, “‘That’s weirdly comforting.’” Silverman’s story is perfect for those nostalgic for Pokémon Go or for those—like myself—who need just a little boost of self-esteem mixed with adventure. “Sunrise blooms in rose and tangerine, sweeping the purple from the sky. A golden sun backlights all the buildings until they’re only fuzzy, dark silhouettes. It’s all a cruel reminder that morning is here.” -“Under Our Masks” by Julian Winters One of the best elements of Up All Night is the mix of genres. While most reside solidly on the contemporary side of YA, some—like “Under Our Masks” by Julian Winters—stretch the boundaries of YA by adding a little bit of magic. In “Under Our Masks,” the protagonist, known to everyone at school as Tristan Jackson, has a secret second identity: Raven, a superhero with powers “only slightly above human standards.” No one except his family knows his true identity, which is how Tristan ends up on an all-night stake-out for Raven with the boy he has a crush on. As the night goes on, Arash and Tristan bond over food and homework, but with morning approaching, Tristan must decide how much he wants to reveal to keep Arash in his life. With a cute romance, an endearing protagonist, and superhero shenanigans, “Under Our Masks” is the story I didn’t know I needed. But don’t let the cuteness fool you. Winters also includes some discussions on deeper topics that many teens face. “People expect us to take off our masks and reveal our secret identities so they can decide if we’re heroes or villains,” Tristan says as he’s deciding whether or not to come out to Arash. Yes, Tristan has to deal with superhero problems most teens don’t, but the heart of this story is in Tristan realizing that there is more to him than a boy with a few supernatural abilities. And speaking of abilities, hats off to Amanda Joy for her phenomenal story “Kiss the Boy!” Classes have just ended for the seniors at Hoffman High, and class president Ayana Parker has a plan for Senior Game Night. Her two best friends are holding her to completing a promise they made as freshmen to pick out a boy and kiss him by the end of their senior year, and now Ayana is the only one left who has yet to do so. But we all know what happens with the best laid plans, and soon it’s up to Ayana alone to face her fears or leave high school behind without trying. “Kiss the Boy” is swoony, fun, and somehow made me nostalgic for those final days of high school. Senior Game Night sounds like an absolute blast, and I wish I could pop into the pages to play a few games myself. But it’s Ayana’s character that really takes the prize in this one. Classic overachiever but also nervous introvert, Ayana has to conquer her fears in order to have a chance with her crush, Khalil. As an overachiever and introvert myself, I really connected to her and appreciated how Joy chose to write her character. Overall, this story is cute, enjoyable, and perfect for those just graduating high school or those nostalgic for it. “I don’t want more of the same. I want something risky and untested, and I want to face it unafraid.” -“When You Bring a Dog to Prom” by Anna Meriano We can’t complete a discussion of this fantastic anthology without talking about the wonderful representation within. Almost every single story includes representation of BIPOC characters, queer characters, disabled characters, and more. I especially appreciated the disability and queer representation in the stories “When You Bring a Dog to Prom” by Anna Meriano and “Old Rifts and Snowdrifts” by Kayla Whaley. “When You Bring a Dog to Prom” is about…well, prom. Right off the bat, protagonist Noemi lets us know that she’s aware school dances are full of “compulsory heterosexuality,” but her best friend Jayla is super excited about prom. Noemi is sort of looking forward to it too, until she learns that her date has ditched her to go to the queer anti-prom with his boyfriend and that her other best friend—aka Jayla’s twin brother and Noemi’s unrequited crush Jayden—has decided to bring someone as well: Dodge Jenkins who has an emotional support golden retriever. Prom hijinks ensue, and Noemi has to decide how far into the spotlight she’s willing to go with her heart on the line. This story has it all: disability, queer, and BIPOC representation. Meriano handles it all beautifully, and I just have to say for the record that I really want to meet Suka the golden retriever. I love how the friend group in this story is so understanding of each other, and Noemi’s very real worries about how they will all change when they graduate high school hit me hard. But once again, this story is full of amazing messages. “I didn’t ruin everything,” Noemi says. “I messed up, but my mistakes aren’t permanent… Maybe I should trust myself a little more.” And I think we can all learn a lesson from that. I saved one of the best for last. If you’re looking for a feel-good, break-out-the-hot-cocoa, best-friends-to-enemies-to-lovers type of story, “Old Rifts and Snowdrifts” by Kayla Whaley is for you. It features Eleanor who uses a wheelchair and works in her best friend’s mom’s flower shop. What should be just a normal winter day in Atlanta suddenly turns into the snowstorm of the decade, and Eleanor ends up alone in the flower shop with only her ex-best friend and crush, Owen, for company. As the snow keeps falling and the power goes out, Eleanor learns that there’s more to the story when it comes to Owen and their past. Reading this story made me feel like I too was in the middle of a record-breaking snowstorm, even though it’s sweltering here in sunny Arizona. Whaley’s writing is so immersive, and I absolutely loved the super-cute romance. As I mentioned before, the representation is also freaking amazing. “Old Rifts and Snowdrifts” includes both disability and queer representation in the protagonist, as well as BIPOC representation with a side character. Like I said, freaking amazing. “It’s a start. And the sun rises and warms us.” -“A Place to Start” by Nina LaCour Just as night turns to day, so too must this blog come to an end. Moral of the story: read Up All Night, and when you do, expect the unexpected. Everything about the secret hours between dusk and dawn is unexpected, from a scavenger hunt between friends to exploring an old asylum to whispered secrets in line the night before a convention. All that and more lies between the pages of this book, so do yourself a favor and find a copy right away. And don’t forget: to get the best reading experience possible, you have to stay up all night. Content Warnings for Up All Night: Parental abuse, strong language, murder, ableism, blood, divorce, infidelity, anxiety, car accident, depression, underage drinking, death of a loved one, racism, homophobia, sexism, dismemberment (Pine Reads Review would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing us with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are taken from an advanced copy and may be subject to change upon final publication.) 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  24. 5 out of 5

    Emma

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    There are so many reasons to burn that midnight oil. Maybe you want an evening filled with drinking games, bonfires, or scavenger hunts. Perhaps the night is spent waiting in line for a fan convention, chasing virtual creatures, hunting ghosts, or exploring abandoned buildings. Those late night hours could also be used to get that first kiss, make new friends, say goodbye to old friends, or mend relationships. What would you do if you were up all night? I don’t know if I have changed or anthologi There are so many reasons to burn that midnight oil. Maybe you want an evening filled with drinking games, bonfires, or scavenger hunts. Perhaps the night is spent waiting in line for a fan convention, chasing virtual creatures, hunting ghosts, or exploring abandoned buildings. Those late night hours could also be used to get that first kiss, make new friends, say goodbye to old friends, or mend relationships. What would you do if you were up all night? I don’t know if I have changed or anthologies are just getting better, but I really enjoyed this collection of stories. I admit, I was drawn to it due to the stellar line-up of authors involved. I have read work from most of the authors in the past, so I was confident I would like many of the stories, and I was right. I honestly believe there is something for everyone in this collection. Not only did the authors feature a wide range of diverse characters, the stories were very diverse in genre as well. Karen McManus left me with my mouth gaping at the end of her mini-mystery, while Tiffany D. Jackson left me in tears. Julian Winters‘ story put a big stupid grin on my face(as his stories always do), and Laura Silverman‘s Pokemon Go inspired hunt made me warm and fuzzy. Sort of surprising, but not wholly based on my love of contemporary romance, two of my favorite stories were from new-to-me authors. Amanda Joy‘s grad night kiss-pact fulfillment tale was so cute and fun. I absolutely loved it! Kayla Whaley‘s story of being snowed in with your former best friend/crush was also a winner. It checked every box for me. Adorable, sweet, and who doesn’t love the snowed-in trope. Seriously, I adored every line of this story. Both these authors impressed me, and I look forward to reading more of their work. Overall: A solid collection of stories to keep you up all night. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  26. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Annie's Readingtips)

    This lovely YA anthology holds thirteen stories all taking place during the magical hours between dusk and dawn when just about everything can happen. It was such a sweet, well-written and wonderfully inclusive collection of stories, with characters that were non-binary, bi, gay and lesbian, disabled or dealing with mental health issues and problems like how to come out when you are a superhero. It was a very solid collection with stories that were all highly entertaining, yet all very different This lovely YA anthology holds thirteen stories all taking place during the magical hours between dusk and dawn when just about everything can happen. It was such a sweet, well-written and wonderfully inclusive collection of stories, with characters that were non-binary, bi, gay and lesbian, disabled or dealing with mental health issues and problems like how to come out when you are a superhero. It was a very solid collection with stories that were all highly entertaining, yet all very different, and all with added depths or twists and with a wonderful flow. I really liked the unique angle to focus on a specific time for all stories, and how they all managed to give you that feeling of being the only people in the world, the magic when the familiar drops away and how the night is a time for romance and adventure. As in all anthologies there were stories that I enjoyed more than others, but they were all very well written and added something unique. I especially appreciated the diversity of the stories and how they were all so different from one another, but how they all had some angle of queer or POC representation, disabilities or mental illness. Sometime as the main part of the story, but more often as a side detail or description of the characters without making a big deal of it, which I really found refreshing. My favorites were Creature Capture by Laura Silverman, When You Bring a Dog to Prom by Anna Meriano and Under Our Masks by Julian Winters. Creature Capture by Laura Silverman was such a sweet story about the fear of making new friends, of showing your true self and taking chances. It had such a great friendship between Abby and Curtis without any hidden feelings. A boy and a girl really can be just friends. And I loved the important message about being true to who you are and not let anyone make you feel embarrassed for not wanting the same thing as everyone else. When You Bring a Dog to Prom by Anna Meriano was a sassy second chance story about how “heteronormative bullshit” like proms can be the perfect kind of different and make dreams come true for real. Great queer representation and a wonderful non-binary character with an emotional support dog. Under Our Masks by Julian Winters was the cutest of them all! It was such a sweet story about how superheroes get crushes too and feel vulnerable about coming out. “I’m Raven but I’m also a boy with a crush who’s scared to disappoint his family or end up alone.” I also really enjoyed Never Have I Ever by Karen McManus, it was such an addictive story with a twist I never saw coming, Kiss the Boy by Amanda Joy, which was a delightful story about finally being brave enough to go after your all high school crush, and the cute second chance story Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley with its strong and lovable disabled bi main character. I also want to mention Con Nights, Parallel Hearts by Marieke Nijkamp for being such a gripping story about the scars from child abuse, about friendship and found families and about the empowerment of sharing your darkest secrets and leave them behind. I only felt that I’d wanted a little more flow in the writing style for it to be fully as gripping as it could have been. Another story with wonderful representation that deserves a special mention was A Place to Start by Nina LaCour. This was a story about new families, with non-binary and lesbian characters, and about how something you don’t think you want could turn into the best thing when Claude’s and Jamie’s mothers get married. All in all, this was such a delightful, fun and sweet collection of YA stories that each had their distinct flavor and were all full of surprises, adventures, twists and with amazing representation and relatable characters! Highly recommended! 4.5 dazzling stars rounding up to 5! Thank you Algonquin Young Readers for the blog tour invitation and opportunity to read this wonderful book! All opinions are my own and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    13 stories between sunset and sunrise. Happy Publication Day! I’m not always a huge fan of anthologies, but when I was asked to join this blog tour and read the description I knew this was for me. Young adult short stories set between sunset and sunrise written by authors likes Karen M. McManus, Nina LaCour and Tiffany D. Jackson, sign me up! Although these stories don’t connect they contain certain elements that bring them together to make this anthology work. I really respected the diversity an 13 stories between sunset and sunrise. Happy Publication Day! I’m not always a huge fan of anthologies, but when I was asked to join this blog tour and read the description I knew this was for me. Young adult short stories set between sunset and sunrise written by authors likes Karen M. McManus, Nina LaCour and Tiffany D. Jackson, sign me up! Although these stories don’t connect they contain certain elements that bring them together to make this anthology work. I really respected the diversity and inclusion shown throughout this book. I found myself relating to certain stories more than others just based on my life experiences. For example, I loved Creature Capture by Laura Silverman because I’m a Pokémon Go player, and What About Your Friends by Brandy Colbert reminded me of Dance Marathon when I went to Penn State. My favorite story was The Ghost of Goon Creek by Francesca Zappia because it made me reminisce of my high school days going to the graveyard and ghost hunting with my best friends. This book hits all different genres including thrillers, romance, drama, and horror. Full of teenage angst, these stories are about friendships, adventures, and first loves. There is a focus on diversity with many different types of characters including different races, LGBTQ+ representation, and a MC with a disability. One thing I would say is there are some trigger warnings that weren’t mentioned prior to reading including racism and physical and sexual abuse of a child. These might be good to know going in especially if you are a young reader. This is my first book tour, and I’m so excited to be included. Thank you Algonquin Young Readers and NetGalley for my advanced copies in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ShakilaMarie_Reads

    Do you remember back in your teen or young adult years the sleepovers, bestie night outs, curfews, crushes, friendships, high school dances, prom, break ups and make ups? Well Up All Night brought back some of those nostalgia moments thinking back to my mischievous stay up or out all night days. The things young adults think of and get into when there are no parents around and everyone else is sleeping. Makes me also think, What did my kids do that I don’t know about? 🤔 I really enjoyed venturing Do you remember back in your teen or young adult years the sleepovers, bestie night outs, curfews, crushes, friendships, high school dances, prom, break ups and make ups? Well Up All Night brought back some of those nostalgia moments thinking back to my mischievous stay up or out all night days. The things young adults think of and get into when there are no parents around and everyone else is sleeping. Makes me also think, What did my kids do that I don’t know about? 🤔 I really enjoyed venturing back into the minds of young adults and what they can get into at times.There were a few stories that I really loved like 𝑁𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝐻𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝐼 𝐸𝑣𝑒𝑟, by Karen McManus, 𝑆ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑘 𝐵𝑎𝑖𝑡, by Tiffany Jackson, 𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐴𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝐹𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠, by Brandy Colbert, and my most favorite was 𝑂𝑙𝑑 𝑅𝑖𝑓𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑆𝑛𝑜𝑤𝑑𝑟𝑖𝑓𝑡𝑠 by Kayla Whaley. Old Rifts and Snowdrifts was so sweet and shows how a slight miscommunication can tear things apart. But sometimes it’s just meant to be. Also how a bad situation can turn into good something good! I haven’t read many anthologies, but what I do love is that you can get a variety of things In one book. The different stories from different writers and their different styles and that’s what this one gave me! Not only that, I LOVED the diversity and inclusivity within in this book! Now let me go call my kids and question them about some of the things they did that I don’t know about!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Huge thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for sending me an e-arc of Up All Night. First Impression - Most of the stories will be contemporary romance that revolves around friendship and relationship. Overall Thoughts - I really enjoyed the LGBTQIA+ and disability rep in this book. - Some of the stories were a little boring and made me want to skim their story. - Some stories took a twist and/or another approach that I didn't expect. - This anthology makes me want to read more work from the authors Huge thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for sending me an e-arc of Up All Night. First Impression - Most of the stories will be contemporary romance that revolves around friendship and relationship. Overall Thoughts - I really enjoyed the LGBTQIA+ and disability rep in this book. - Some of the stories were a little boring and made me want to skim their story. - Some stories took a twist and/or another approach that I didn't expect. - This anthology makes me want to read more work from the authors involved with Up All Night. - Favourite stories: Shark Bait by Tiffany D. Jackson and Kiss the Boy by Amanda Joy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food)

    Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars for this collection that truly has something for everybody. Diverse doesn't even cover what this anthology offers: the ability for almost anyone to find themselves in these pages in a myriad of genres and scenarios. Every story pulls at your heartstrings, if it leaves you warm and happy is a completely other matter. Top tier stories in my opinion are: NEVER HAVE I EVER by Karen McManus, SHARK BA Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars for this collection that truly has something for everybody. Diverse doesn't even cover what this anthology offers: the ability for almost anyone to find themselves in these pages in a myriad of genres and scenarios. Every story pulls at your heartstrings, if it leaves you warm and happy is a completely other matter. Top tier stories in my opinion are: NEVER HAVE I EVER by Karen McManus, SHARK BAIT by Tiffany D Jackson and MISSING by Kathleen Glasgow but they are all worth checking out.

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