Have you guys ever looked at a copy of Chase’s Calendar of Events? If you haven’t, it’s a big book that’s put out every year with every sort of holiday, anniversary, and notable day you can ever imagine in it. (If you’re a total nerd like me and that sounds awesome to you, your local library probably has a copy hanging out somewhere.)
So, I was flipping through my Chase’s the other day when I noticed that May 12 is Stay Up All Night Night. Stay Up All Night Night is a celebration of how awesome it is to stay up late when you’re a kid, and it encourages people to stay up and relive some of that magic once they’re older. It’s celebrated annually on the second Saturday in May.
Thinking about Stay Up All Night Night got me thinking about books where most or all of the action takes place at night. Here are some of my favorites!
Paper Towns by John Green
Margo Roth Spiegelman is the girl Quentin Jacobsen can’t help dreaming about. She’s quirky and funny and smart and lives right next door. One night she knocks on his window in the middle of the night for a series of adventures that require, among other things, a fish, a bouquet of flowers, and a can of spray paint. Q thinks his dreams are finally coming true–until Margo disappears. Q knows something bad has happened, but can he find her in time?
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan
Nick and Nora didn’t plan to have their first date last an entire night. In fact, they didn’t plan to have a first date at all. But an emergency ex situation requires desperate measures, and one small kiss leads to one long night. This love letter to New York City was made in to a movie starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, but check out the original novel for a bit of a different story. Don’t worry–it’s short enough to read in one night!
Ditched by Robin Mellom
Justina Griffith wakes up in a ditch, in an iridescent blue dress that has a number of suspicious stains on it, with no memory of how she got there. She also has an oddly french-fry-shaped bruise on her shin. How did her prom night go from the night she was planning to finally kiss her best friend and make the leap to girlfriend status to … this? Billed as “The Hangover for teens,” this comedy of errors will make you laugh–and cringe–as you hear all about Justina’s prom night gone bad.
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
Jack Perdu (the French pun is, I am fairly certain, intended) is a bit of a caricature: he’s very smart, but very shy, and he spends his time wandering the Yale campus, where he lives with his father. Jack may be able to read classics with an understanding that is far beyond his fourteen years, but he simply cannot comprehend his mother’s death. When his father sends him to a mysterious doctor in NYC, where his mother died, Jack ends up making a trip to the New York Underworld to find her. He’s dedicated to his task–but will he be able to get back to the land of the living before his relocation to the land of the dead is permanent? More importantly, does he even want to?
— Ariel Cummins, currently reading I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella