Short Story Collections for Teens

A few great choices for short stories.

With plenty of school work and extra-curricular activities, sometimes you can’t find time to read an entire book.   Or, perhaps you’re the type of reader who hates to leave that book untouched for days at a time.  Weeks?  Don’t even think about it!  The solution is short stories.  Popular teen authors frequently get together and write on a theme, bind it all together and provide quick and easy entertainment that is ready to read one chunk at a time.

The holiday season is upon us, and Christmas provides an interesting backdrop to everyday drama.  Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances is a compilation of stories surrounding the holiday and winter months, including a title by John Green, famous for his down-to-earth writing and unforgettable characters.  Joined by Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, it’s a trio of charming and hilarious quick stories about life and how love truly can be found at Starbucks.

Want to put the snow off for a while?  Heat things up with some paranormal romance in Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love.  This collection contains plenty of dark creatures, mystical spells and forbidden love.  Features stories are written by such powerhouses as Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races.  She’s accompanied by plenty of other awesome authors, like Sarah Rees Brennan, Daniel Marks and Carrie Ryan.  With so much to offer in one anthology, it’s a collection to come back to time and time again.

Okay, paranormal stuff not up your alley?  This next collection will make up for it.  Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd is sure to please anyone in whole wide geekdom.  Coming from a fellow geek, I say that in the best possible way.  This collection of short stories covers many spectrums in the nerdiverse.  Headed by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci, Geektastic offers Jedi Knights and Klingons, cosplayers and fanfiction writers, science lovers and theater devotees.  You’ll be graced by the splendid writing of Garth Nix, David Levithan, Sara Zarr, Scott Westerfeld and more.  Plus, it includes illustrations from Bryan Lee O’Malley, writer and illustrator of the Scott Pilgrim series.

These three collections only scratch the surface of what’s available.  Short stories fit the nooks and crannies of the busy-reader’s life perfectly.   Now you will never have to be without a good story.


Written by Kelly


Kelly is the Teen Librarian at the Cascade Branch. She loves reading fantasy books and ghost stories, along with tons of manga. In her free time, she enjoys board games, watching Doctor Who, and baking.

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