July 13, 2021

#BookTour: Up All Night: 13 Stories between Sunset and Sunrise by @ljsilverman1 (Editor) @algonquinyr

Synopsis: 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


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: So I did initially rate this 3 stars since a few stories I actually DNFed. But after some thought I decided to give this 4 full stars because although I didn't care for a few others stories. Overall, this book was great. The ones that I just totally fell in love with are listed below! 

1. 5 Stars:  Never Have I Ever by Karen McManus: This one LORD it reminded me of My Sister Rosa!  I so need a full fledged story to this short story. It was so shocking towards the end that I was like speechless.  It was a total shocker!! 

2. 4 Stars: Like Before by Maurene Goo: This one made me kind of sad.  I never had a close friend growing up and seeing these three girls fall out of friendship was just heartbreaking. 

3. 5 Stars: Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley: This one was adorable!! I would love a full fledged story with this short as well.  I loved both characters and I just need more!! This one features a disabled MC that spoke to my heart. 

4. 5 Stars: Creature Capture by Laura Silverman: This one made my Pokemon heart fly!  I love playing that game and the HP one and man this one was wonderful!! It was exciting and I need more! 

Go Into This One Knowing: Some stories are better than others. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-This collection of stories, all set in the nighttime, seamlessly brings together some of the biggest names in YA fiction. While most stories fall into the genres of realistic fiction or romance, the collection also includes a thrilling tale of a party game gone wrong ("Never Have I Ever" by Karen M. McManus), a bone-chilling haunted house horror ("Missing" by Kathleen Glasgow), and a genre-defying superhero story ("Under Our Masks" by Julian Winters). The mix of genres and diverse casts allows the collection to address many issues plaguing teens: first love, self-acceptance, growing apart from friends, and navigating new experiences; many of the entries center around graduating high school and leaving one's hometown and friends behind. Each author shares their own unique voice, yet nothing here feels disjointed or out of place. The volume includes representation of characters with disabilities, characters who are LGBTQIA+, nonbinary characters, and many BIPOC characters without making their identities the central plot point. Similarly, tough topics such as racism, mental illness, and sexuality are included and discussed frankly without seeming preachy. It should be noted that one story (Marieke Nijkamp's "Con Nights, Parallel Hearts") centers abuse and may be triggering for some. VERDICT High-interest stories by popular authors make this a first purchase for high school libraries and teen collections, especially those where YA anthologies, such as Jennifer L. Armentrout's Meet Cute and Sangu Mandanna's Color Outside the Lines are popular.-Mary Kamela, Kenmore West H.S., Buffalo, NY╬▒(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"This collection of stories, all set in the nighttime, seamlessly brings together some of the biggest names in YA fiction. The mix of genres and diverse casts allows the collection to address many issues plaguing teens . . . High-interest stories by popular authors make this a first purchase for high school libraries and teen collections." 

“Editor Silverman compiles an impressive collection that explores coming-of-age themes, including the thrill of teenage crushes, the whirlwind of preparing for prom, and the adjustments needed to create a blended family, while also featuring a mix of characters diverse in race, sexuality, and gender identity. … A thoughtful volume that will appeal to a broad range of readers.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Multiple genres find a home in this intriguing anthology . . . Representing multiple forms of love—between crushes, friends, pets, and siblings—this group of stories offers an inclusive range of narratives and twisty endings alongside sound lessons about love, joy, and life’s natural changes."
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Laura Silverman is an author and freelance editor in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School. Her books include Girl Out of Water, You Asked for Perfect, It’s a Whole Spiel, and Recommended for You. You can contact Laura on Twitter @LJSilverman1 or through her website LauraSilvermanWrites.com.

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