Up All Night by Laura Silverman (editor) is an exciting collection of short stories that all take place between sunset and sunrise. This open-ended prompt leaves room for many unique interpretations, and I was impressed with the wide range of stories within the anthology as well as its diversity. This is a great read for summer nights with a story to satisfy any reader.Title: Up All Night
Author: Laura Silverman
Also by this author: Game On
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
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
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: Up All Night by Laura Silverman (editor)
Featuring stories from 13 stellar authors, the Up All Night anthology centres around the moments between sunset and sunrise. I found the concept of late nights to be a great one for an anthology, as it leaves a lot of room for different interpretations of the prompt. Within the book are stories about scavenger hunts, parties, ghost hunts, and more, and I loved the way each author captures the atmosphere of being the only one awake in different ways. There is a great mix of lighthearted stories with more serious ones, and I was impressed by the anthology’s ability to keep me surprised with each contribution.
❀ A mix of diverse stories
Something I always value in anthologies is diversity, and I was so thrilled by the mix of stories within this one. There are contributions from a wide range of genres, from horror to romance, and there is representation for different genders, sexualities, races, and abilities. I was particularly excited by the disability rep in Kayla Whaley’s Old Rifts and Snow Drifts, as this is unfortunately not something I encounter very often in anthologies.
❀ Under Our Masks is a Favourite
Within this anthology, I enjoyed many of the stories. My favourite would have to be Under Our Masks by Julian Winters, a story about a superhero who spends the night on a stakeout with his crush, who is determined to uncover his identity. This was such a cute read, and I loved the superhero concept. I was also impressed by Karen McManus’s contribution, Never Have I Ever. This one features a game of dares gone wrong and kept me hooked until the final, shocking twist.
❀ An Enjoyable Collection
Up All Night by Laura Silverman (editor) is an enjoyable collection of short stories that are all set at nighttime. I loved the wide range of directions the contributors took this prompt, and the diversity was lovely to see. I came away with many favourites, and I found this book to be great way to sample new-to-me authors as well.