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Up All Night: A Short Story Collection

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  604 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
A brush with the supernatural? A rock concert? A reunion? A poolside revelation? The need to know what's up? The confessions of a friend? The dream of escape? A sick pet? An English assignment? The rear-window view of a murder next door? The search for the mother you never met? What keeps you up all night?

This remarkable collection of award-winning and bestselling authors
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published April 18th 2008 by Laura Geringer Book
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Airiz C
Heaps upon heaps of schoolwork. Thesis project. A meteor shower as announced in the evening news. A phone call from a friend. Whatever it may be, there must be something that kept you up all night at least once in your life, a night that made you feel as if you’re drifting betwixt wakefulness and sleep, a night that shot a different kind of energy up your veins and made you witness how it melted into sunrise, how the city lifts its eyelids again…

This is the theme of the Lara Geringer anthology U
Mr. Cool
Jul 13, 2013 Mr. Cool rated it liked it
I am usually a sucker for short story comps. But for some reason, this one, not so much.

When I read the theme 'what keeps you up at night' I expected mysteries, shock endings, thought provoking, and original pieces. I liked the short comic (by the author of American-Born Chinese) the most because it captured a specific feeling perfectly that indeed, keeps us up at night.

'Orange Alert' dealt with a girl with a sexually harassing step-father, her nighttime rides, and control in one's life. The en
Anna Bowling
Apr 21, 2017 Anna Bowling rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I picked up this anthology for the David Levithan entry, "The Vulnerable Hours," and, as always, Mr. Levithan more than delivered, with the story of what happens when one boy decides not to take the polite answer to "what's up?" and one girl makes the amazing discovery that she doesn't have to be where she doesn't want to be. . The other authors were new to me, each with a distinctive voice, each presenting a poignant slice of life, themed around characters who are awake while the rest of the wo ...more
Kelly Moore
Not Just for Breakfast Anymore by Libba Bray- These stories are longer than the other collections I've been looking through. This story was slightly excruciating, but in the end I liked it. It's 1980 in Texas, and four girls act stupid, go to a concert, get high and drunk, and think they can sneak into the hotel where the band is staying to hang out with the famous guys. It's all so stupid that you feel embarrassed for the girls, but it's kind of funny and believable too. The sub-plot is t
Jennifer Wardrip
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Six stories relate to the darkness and the wonder of staying up all night.

Libba Bray writes about four best friends going to a concert and looking for the band's after party. When they need a place to crash, they spend the night at one girl's father's new apartment, almost exposing a huge family secret.

The family in Peter Abraham's story attempt to move on after the death of a loved one, but can they reach him from beyond the grave before they le
Linda Dexheimer
Linda Dexheimer
Short Stories.

These were some fun and interesting stories with an interesting theme: what keeps the characters up all night. The stories have a variety of interesting themes from science fiction to contemporary realistic fiction. Some of the stories make you laugh and others make you cry but overall, great stories that will keep most young readers interested.
Aug 26, 2012 Joanne rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, short-stories
Some fun short stories by various authors - theme of staying up all night. My favorite was Agent Orange, about a girl whose stepfather is starting to make sexual overtures to her. Her reaction is strong and powerful.
Rebecca McNutt
Feb 05, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
Up All Night's stories are all different, but they all have one thing in common - they're all absolutely amazing and really fun to read! :)
May 29, 2017 Cherrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short reads for fellow night owls! Great compilation of short stories about identity, authenticity, and inner strength. Even though this compilation is written for teens, even adults have a thing or two to take away. Love that Gene Yang's comic strip closes the entire book.
Jun 17, 2011 Terry rated it really liked it
The best stories in this collection are the ones that capture that feeling of being up all night--the exuberance of being awake in this alternate time and space, when most are asleep but you are awake watching night change to day in a way most people don't witness and think about. The authors make good use of thoughtful, observant narrators and plots with a dose of humor and melancholy as they create the feeling of enjoying life, no matter what difficulties one is facing.

First, the good: Libba
This collection of stories was a bit different from the other collections I've read recently. The stories seemed longer, and there were only six of them, including one in graphic novel format. The theme was different too, "up all night", which seemed like a tenuous story theme. I can't say I loved most of the stories. They were generally sad stories involving family dysfunction, especially paternal issues.
Peter Abraham's story was sad and strange. the ending was sort of sweet, and sort of weird
Sep 18, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it
Up All Night
Peter Abrahams, Patricia McCormick,Libba Bray,Sarah Weeks, David Levithan,Gene Luen Yang

Up all night, is about many different stories. These stories can relate to many people in many different ways.

Phase2, is the dealing with the death of their husband and father and sleepless nights needing closure.

Not Just For Breakfast Anymore, Maggie is having sleepless nights and is not happy about her parents divorce and her fathers new life style but after having a crazy night with her friends
Mar 27, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it
In this anthology, six phenomenal authors answer the question “What would keep you up all night?” The authors are Peter Abrahams, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Patricia McCormick, Sarah Weeks, and Gene Luen Yang.

At first, I thought this book would contain personal stories from these authors, but I soon realized they were fictional short stories. My favorite of the six had to be Libba Bray’s short story about a group of four friends who go to a rock concert. Libba Bray, the author of the Great and
This is a very difficult book to classify. There are some supernatural elements, but it is not a supernatural book. There are a few love stories, horror stories, stories of family, stories of life, but it doesn't fall into just one category.

The book also doesn't easily fall into a book I liked or a book I disliked because of the wide variety or authors and styles. I defiantly enjoyed Libba Bray's story "It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore" the most, as I felt it had a powerful message and was be
Jun 10, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Up all night" was a collection of stories written by 6 different bestselling authors. I lowed the concept of haying 6 different short stories that revolve around the same topic, an adventure that leads the main character to be up all night. My favorite of the stories definitely has to be "Phase 2", the first story of the 6. It tells about a family who just lost their father in a war and leads the mother into a great depression. Eventually the depression makes the mother reach a medium to
Feb 09, 2009 Celestasaurus rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
My house was being invaded by a handful of raucous teenage boys when I read this. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more had it not been. Or maybe I don't enjoy short stories that much. (This is true. I think short stories are kind of lame. Not in depth enough, you know? Except Edgar Allan Poe, who was mentioned within the Introduction. Poe is amazing. I definitely recommend him for late-night readers. But I digress...) Don't let my poor rating stop you from reading this! I really doubt it will, tho ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Elena rated it really liked it
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Aug 07, 2011 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, short-stories
Six authors wrote short stories answering the question: What keeps your characters awake?
Maggie in “Not Just for Breakfast Anymore” by Libba Bray goes to a Cheap Trick concert with her girlfriends in 1980 in Dallas and tries to go the hotel where the band is staying. Maggie’s trying to keep it a secret that her Dad’s gay.
In “The Vulnerable Hours” by David Levithan teens are compelled to tell the truth to each other, in Levithan- style that is not magic or science fiction, but just is.
Oct 05, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Not what I usually read, but I read it because of the Gene L. Yang story. it was good, but not great.

David Levithan’s “The Vulnerable Hours” was a typical story of his about tens understanding themselves and their peers in NYC. It has his lyrical writing and is laced with yearning.

Peter Abrahams’ “Phase Two” was good if predictable. Patricia McCormick’s “Orange Alert” was a story of how driving gave the protagonist power over a bad home. Libb Bray had the longest story. I only stuck with it bec
Janelle Fila
Aug 22, 2014 Janelle Fila rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I stumbled across this book while looking for something from Libba Bray to read. I think the best thing about short story collections is the wide variety of good, interesting authors exposed to the reader. I loved the stories by Patricia McCormick and David Levithan (who I've just recently discovered as I'm also currently reading WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON). Sarah Weeks was also impressive, bringing me to tears at her representation of brotherly love. So glad I stumbled upon such a refreshing co ...more
Morrisania Teen
Sep 16, 2008 Morrisania Teen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teen readers
This book is a collection of short stories written by popular authors of young adult literature. Each story focuses on a young teen and their unusual experiences in the mysterious hours of the night. Whether is a female who is grieving for her deceased soldier father or a teen who is trying to stay away from her menacing stepfather, the night is when they can escape. The authors are able to create stories that have a consistent theme of self-discovery and exploration. This book is an exciting re ...more
Maria Tkachuk
Mar 02, 2012 Maria Tkachuk rated it liked it
This was a book made up of short stories. It shares six lives of different teenagers (plus a monkey), and what keeps them up all night. This book was okay, but not the best book I've ever read and so I gave it 2.5 stars. I think that you should be at least thirteen to read it. I liked how it included pieces from six different authors instead of six stories from one author, which made the writing styles and content vary. Also, I enjoyed reading some of the short stories from different character p ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Christian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I picked up this collection of short stories because it has one by David Levithan, and since I don't resist his writing . . .

The theme of this collection is a pivotal night in the night of a teen where they stay up all night for some reason. The stories were all well done. I was slightly concerned about one with a girl who was being leered at by her step-father, but the ending was extremely satisfying.
Nov 25, 2010 Cecile rated it did not like it
What age group was this book meant for? I found it in the young adult section, and that was a huge mistake. I'm pretty sure this book was made for 8 year olds who may find the poorly organized and predictable stories entertaining. I read 2 stories, read a chunk of the last (cartoon??) and returned it without flipping through another page. I found it more interesting staring at the people walking past my moms hospital room than reading this shit book.
Feb 08, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
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I think this one is another 3.5 for me.
Some of the stories were memorable and were constructed beautifully with profound messages, but others were kind of meh.
Funny, it did keep me up during the night but not for the right reasons. I suppose I am a little disappointed. I wanted for at least one of the stories to be scary. Bit well, all in all, not a bad collection at all. Plus, Libba Bray is in it. That automatically makes it awesome in my book.
Dec 28, 2009 Marina rated it liked it
This is worth reading for Libba Bray's short story alone. It follows a teenage girl and her friends from a rock concert to a hotel and ultimately to her dad's condo. The slow buildup and progression through the one-night timeline is fantastic. The others are all right, but not particularly memorable. Patricia McCormick's is good but underdeveloped, and David Levithan's was better the second time I read it.
Aug 27, 2014 Brittany rated it it was ok
Judging by the title I was expecting scary stories that was not the case. most of the stories weren't all that great least in my opinion. Only 2 of the stories caught my attention and actually made me wish they were longer. Orange Alert was by far my favorite I loved the main character and her attitude, especially given her situation.
Maggie V
Dec 21, 2010 Maggie V rated it it was ok
I was expecting scary (or at least spooky) tales, and the first short story by Abrahams delivered. The rest were all very different with the only common thread being the action took place during the night and the story would normally end at sunrise. Overall nice stories and an extremely quick read (maybe 2 hrs), but not what I expect so a bit disappointed on that front.
Apr 23, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
I found this collection of short stories by well-known teen authors such as Libba Bray, Patricia McCormick, and David Levithan to be hit or miss in terms of good stories. As with any collection, some are better than others and different ones will appeal to different readers. I enjoyed two out of the six. A good sampling of different writing styles though...

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Laura Geringer is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children and young adults, including the celebrated A Three Hat Day illustrated by Arnold Lobel; Myth Men, a popular series of graphic novels based on the classic Greek myths; and Sign of the Qin, Book l of the Outlaws of Moonshadow Marsh series, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Boom, Boom Go Away illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulli ...more
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