Up All Night
Up All Night is a short story anthology with stories by Peter Abrahams, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Patricia McCormick, Sarah Weeks, and Gene Luen Yang.
Phase 2 by Peter Abrahams: This story is very real and relatable to many teens in today's world. The story centers on two kids and their mom who have just lost their dad to the war. It is a very touching story.
Not Just For Breakfast Anymore by Libba Bray: This story is real, believable and well written. The only problem is that there is no real ending. It just sort of stops. I would have liked to have had a little more defined ending.
The Vulnerable Hours by David Levithan: Great concept for this story. It really makes you think. The short story is actually broken down into a few separate stories itself, but they all do connect. I did feel like the beginning (and start of the first story) was a little less than realistic. It made me bored at first until the other stories began.
Orange Alert by Patricia McCormick: I think this was the best story in the anthology. It was very real and I was in suspense as to what happened next. I actually felt like I needed to know what happened next.
Superman Is Dead by Sarah Weeks: Good short story; however, the character's own story for a school assignment was better than his actual story told by Weeks.
The Motherless One by Gene Luen Yang: This story was written in a graphic novel style. I really liked the difference of how it was written from the other stories.
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 Brays short story about a group of four friends who go to a rock concert. Libba Bray, the author of the Great and Terrible Beauty series, is an amazing author. Out of the six stories, hers was the longest and most enjoyable one for me to read.
I also enjoyed the stories by David Levithan and Patricia McCormick. Davids story was a little confusing and pointless at first, but I liked the ending. Patricias story was just plain creepy until the ending, which was hilarious. Sarah Weeks story was the saddest. And the other two were okay, but nothing something I would remember for a long time.
I have to say I had my doubts about reading this book because Im not usually a fan of anthologies. I would say that this book is only okay; its not something I would rush out to buy.