Up All Night: 13 Stories between Sunset and Sunrise

By Nina LaCour, Karen M. McManus, Francesca Zappia

57 ratings - 3.89* vote

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

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Hardcover, 352 pages
1643750410 (ISBN13: 9781643750415)
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

I usually like anthologies, but this anthology 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).

Full review to come.


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

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 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.



There are the anthologies that work and ones that don't. I usually get the feeling from the get-go as to whether it's a dud or a dream.....

What a dream! I am in love with this anthology-- thirteen stories by *amazing* authors and their only premise: "up all night / stories between sunset and sunrise". Check and check. And I think the thing that I love most is that for as different as the stories are, they're not so discordant that it pulls the book in too many different directions. They flow and fit and highlight teen experiences. Each has its own flavor and approach to the "clock" of being the middle-of-the-night.

There is prom and scavenger hunts. Romance and robbery. Friendship and superheroes. I adored EACH one of them. With my favorites being: "Never Have I Ever" by McManus because it's unequivocally HER kind of short story. "Creature Capture" by Silverman with a thread of nerddom but also the loss of friendship and the fear of making new ones (which is one of the threads that was sweetly saccharine about Goo's "Like Before"), "Old Rifts and Snowdrifts" by Whaley for its disability representation, "Shark Bait" by Jackson, and "Under Our Masks" by Winters because superhero stake-outs are cool.


Great mix of short stories. Once I got into it I couldn’t put it down!


This was a delightful short story collection that has something for everyone. I will definitely recommend this to teens when it's released.


E-ARC Review - Thank you so much to NetGalley for this ARC!


“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.


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