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Great YA Short Stories

Short stories have always been on the outside of book consumption. Much like that one kid in school – the one you know is super cool but is also so quiet you fail to remember them until it’s too late, great short stories are often overlooked until they’re made into movies.

But I am here to put a stop to this. Short stories deserve their moment and they’re getting it now! Without further ado I present:

The Awesome List of Awesome YA Short Stories You Should Probably Be Reading



How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity

A boy falls in love with a soldier, a girl steals a skirt to look less like a boy, an accidental romance and a perfect melding of past and present, How Beautiful the Ordinary is brimming with contemporary short stories that perfectly capture what teenage life is all about.

Zombies vs Unicorns 

You know it’s something you’ve wondered, don’t lie, it’s an age-old question, like which came first the chicken or the egg? Many a person has wondered what’s better Zombies or Unicorns? It’s the essential question of good vs. evil and it’s wonderfully explored in this series of short stories. So whether you’re a Team Zombie or a Team Unicorn just rest assured, you’re not alone in your beliefs.

Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story

This anthology includes stories from some of the best YA authors out there. A series of “he said/she said” tales Girl Meets Boy takes a look at young love, teens and how much circumstance can lead to heartbreak.

145th Street: Short Stories by Walter Dean Myers

Take a walk down 145th Street on your way don’t be surprised if you run into the cop on the beat, Monkeyman, fighter Benny —you may even just happen upon Big Joe as he prepares to celebrate his own funeral – while he’s still around to see it! Walter Dean Myers is the king of urban YA, 145th Street only proves it’s a well deserved title.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

David Levithan, Scott Westerfield, Cassandra Clare and John Green (to name a few) come together to unite all the #NerdFighters out there under one umbrella of YA short stories. Theatre nerds, Klingon lovers, Cos players and Jedi Knights rejoice!

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Magnus Bane is arguably the best character in The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices series’.  Cassandra Clare along with Sarah Rees Brennan offers ten short stories all dedicated to the fabulous High Warlock of Brooklyn. From that unfortunate trip to Peru to his run-ins with Vampires, Werewolves and many a Shadowhunter, these ten stories unlock the mysteries surrounding one of the funniest characters in YA.

The Stories of Bradbury by Ray Bradbury

From the guy who gave us Fahrenheit 451 comes 100 (100!) short stories personally selected by Mr. Bradbury himself, it includes The ScytheThe April Witch and A Sound of Thunder to name a few.

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Written before she published her highly addictive Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Lips Touch: Three Times offers three short stories by a master of fantasy literature. Each story involves a kiss as their central or most important point. Despite this one connecting piece all three stories are uniquely their own, highlighting Laini Taylory’s unbelievable imagination. GO READ IT NOW!

Did I leave any short stories off this list? If so sound off in the comments.

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Hayley Kelman is a writer, blogger and all around social media enthusiast living in Toronto. She currently acts as Social Media coordinator for the original, Canadian web series Ruby Skye P.I. (and loves every minute of it.)

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