Friday, November 18, 2011

Top 5: Up All Night Books

Used under the Creative Commons Licence with permission from tjgiordano

 There is something magical about the all-nighter, seeing the world at its quietest and burning your body to stay up just a little bit longer. A book that takes place all in one night has to pack a big punch into just a few hours. That means you get a tighter, faster plot and I think they are some of the most fun books to read.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Nick and Norah didn't know each other before tonight. But through chance and circumstance they have been thrown together this evening. Now they're off in search of a secret show that one of their favorite bands is supposed to be playing that evening. It's a fast paced, punk-rock evening and you'll want to keep up.

Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castelluci
This one falls into the one night of freedom category. Rose has lived next door to Yrena for a while, but she's never met her. They are in the cold-war-tastic 1980s and Yrena's family works for the Russian government, which means Yrena seems to always be trailed by a security detail (either from the USSR or CIA, both annoying). Tomorrow she's being sent back to Moscow, but tonight she has the chance to get to see what America is really like with Rose as her guide. They embark on an all night New York adventure that neither girl is going to forget.

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Myracle
One of the best books featuring a Waffle House ever. Three intertwined stories that take place on Christmas Eve and include stranded cheer leaders, parents arrested over Christmas figurines and one very misguided car trip to deliver a board game. There is seriously nothing that is not awesome (double negative! woo!) about this book. The holidays are approaching and this one is the perfect late night-escaping-from-relatives reading pick. Pick it up and keep it with you for emergencies. We only hope that one day it will also be a fabulous holiday movie for late night viewing.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight  by Jennifer E. Smith
We just talked about this one (here), but Ms. Smith packs so much into one night then we had to include it on the list. There's trans-Atlantic traveling, weddings, romance, ridiculous job title inventing and more. It's easy to get swept up in the just-met-you-only-have-a-few-hours-with-you buzz that these characters have and before you know it, you'll be checking prices on the British Airways website.

Au Revoir Crazy European Chick by Joe Schrieber
Perry was desperately hoping his night was going to be like Nick and Norah's, instead it's feeling a lot more like he's trapped in Mission Impossible and he never signed up to be Tom Cruise. He was supposed to take his family's exchange student to prom (under duress), but when his prom date turns out to be a trained assassin, he knows that there's going to be A LOT more expected from him than smiling in the photo and pinning on the corsage. This is one seriously wild night.

Runner up:
Where She Went by Gayle Forman (we've shown this one an awful lot of love already, but man is it good)


Kady said...

I call this the Hocus Pocus effect after the most awesome all-the-action-in-one-night movie ever.

nico said...

I go with "Before Sunrise," but I like yours maybe even better :)