Edited By: Laura Silverman
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: July 15, 2021
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!
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
About the Book
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.
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
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
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