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Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark. A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity spar Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark. A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks… A first meeting.  Long-time friends.  Bitter exes.  And maybe the beginning of something new. When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight. Beloved authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—celebrate the beauty of six couples and the unforgettable magic that can be found on a sweltering starry night in the city.


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Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark. A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity spar Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark. A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks… A first meeting.  Long-time friends.  Bitter exes.  And maybe the beginning of something new. When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight. Beloved authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—celebrate the beauty of six couples and the unforgettable magic that can be found on a sweltering starry night in the city.

30 review for Blackout

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    3.5 stars I think this book successfully achieves what it had set out to do - to feature stories of Black kids in love. Blackout is essentially a collection of 6 short stories, all set over one summer evening in NYC, when the city goes dark for a few hours. All characters are a part of a big, vibrant, multigenerational group of people connected to each other in various ways. You'll read about first meetings and heartbreaks and rekindling of old feelings. The book makes a point to highlight all k 3.5 stars I think this book successfully achieves what it had set out to do - to feature stories of Black kids in love. Blackout is essentially a collection of 6 short stories, all set over one summer evening in NYC, when the city goes dark for a few hours. All characters are a part of a big, vibrant, multigenerational group of people connected to each other in various ways. You'll read about first meetings and heartbreaks and rekindling of old feelings. The book makes a point to highlight all kinds of love and all kinds of sexualities. And what I liked the most - the authors of this anthology are absolutely disinterested in the white gaze, focusing on Black teens, and their joys, heartbreaks and hopes. The unifying theme is pretty neat, but I felt it was limiting in a way too. All of the stories are very similar - they all are a celebration on NYC and diversity, they all are similarly plotted and very similar in tone and message. What makes each of the Black authors unique kind of all melts together, presenting a too uniform narrative that at some point becomes repetitive. If the names of the authors weren't attached to the stories, I don't think I could have been able to match the stories to authors on my own. There were no strong standouts, and none of the authors struck me as natural short story writers. Although as a whole, reading this anthology was a positive experience. And here are the stories in the order on my enjoyment: "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn" by Angie Thomas - the best in the bunch, unsurprisingly. An emerging love triangle, characters that are memorable, and some sharp Karen jokes. "Seymour and Grace" by Nicola Yoon - two strangers meeting on an Uber-type ride. Second mention of The Ship of Theseus over the last month (first - on WandaVision). "The Long Walk" by Tiffany D. Jackson - exes confronting their breakup. I felt the ending didn't fit the rest of the story. "Mask Off" by Nic Stone - two former friends explore their possible connection while stuck inside a dark train. This one packed the most messages - from consent to homosexuality in sports to breastfeeding in public. "Made to Fit" by Ashley Woodfolk - two girls possibly fall in love while visiting a senior living facility. I liked the setting and residents of the retirement home a lot, but the instalove didn't quite work for me. "All the Great Love Stories... and Dust" by Dhonielle Clayton - two childhood friends decide if they want to take their relationship somewhere new. Here, the writing just didn't work for me. I had a hard time staying with it and felt like the flow of the story stumbled at the end of each sentence. Pick this up if you are looking for some short stories that are cute and joyful. Perfect for summer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey (munnyreads)

    This was so CHARMING and perfect for a late night summer read. I loved the layout of this book, like little novellas that subtly intertwine together as we see how a blackout in NYC affects different groups of people on their way to a party. Each chapter stood out on its own, and I was rooting for all of the characters. Cute and fluffy romances, I wish this was longer.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Misha (Heartsfullofreads)

    I wasn't sure what to expect when going into this one. I'm not usually a fan of short stories. I always feel like I need more. This book of short stories pleasantly surprised me. The stories were so beautifully interconnected. We start with two EXES who are competing for a job. We follow their story across New York. While we walk with them we meet Jacorey. Jacorey is a gay athlete who has yet to come out. I almost screamed in delight when I heard Dion Graham's voice. (SERIOUSLY. THAT MAN CAN REA I wasn't sure what to expect when going into this one. I'm not usually a fan of short stories. I always feel like I need more. This book of short stories pleasantly surprised me. The stories were so beautifully interconnected. We start with two EXES who are competing for a job. We follow their story across New York. While we walk with them we meet Jacorey. Jacorey is a gay athlete who has yet to come out. I almost screamed in delight when I heard Dion Graham's voice. (SERIOUSLY. THAT MAN CAN READ A BOOK). We met Nella who deserves more than she thinks she does. Lana, who is pretty sure she knows what she wants and is lost in a library. Kayla, who is in a relationship BUT, may possibly want something else. Then Seymour and Grace who are sharing a ride through the city. What an amazing collection of love stories for Black teens everywhere.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars In Blackout , even love stories can glow when the lights go out. I love this concept! Six best-selling Black YA authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—got together and wrote a collection of interconnected stories that all take place when a blackout hits NYC during a heatwave. Each story focuses on a relationship—a reunion of exes, meeting and being intrigued by someone new, revealing a longtime crush on your best friend, 4.5 stars In Blackout , even love stories can glow when the lights go out. I love this concept! Six best-selling Black YA authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—got together and wrote a collection of interconnected stories that all take place when a blackout hits NYC during a heatwave. Each story focuses on a relationship—a reunion of exes, meeting and being intrigued by someone new, revealing a longtime crush on your best friend, even showing your true self to someone for the first time. Characters in one story are connected to those in another, sometimes significantly and sometimes in passing. For many authors who usually write heavy, emotional stories, this is an opportunity to share stories of Black joy and Black teen love, and the results are fun, sweet, moving, and hopeful. Jackson’s story, “The Long Walk,” is divided into five parts, and is scattered throughout the book. I enjoyed all of the stories but my favorites were “Mask Off” by Nic Stone, in which a young man encounters a classmate on a subway train during the blackout and it forces him to come to terms with who he really is; “Made to Fit” by Ashley Woodfolk, about a young woman brooding over an unrequited crush on her best friend when she meets someone new at her grandfather’s senior home; and Nicola Yoon’s “Seymour and Grace,” which recounts the discovery a young woman makes after an intriguing ride share. You know I love short stories, YA books, and rom-coms, so Blackout was a fun read. Having experienced the NYC blackout of 2003, this brought back some memories!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    Anthologies are harder to get into for me. This one has less writers and stories than the usual ones I come across which allowed for longer more fleshed out stories. They all follow the central theme of taking place during a blackout in NYC and there are even characters that connected each story as nods to each other. I listened to this via audio courtesy of Harper Audio in exchange for an honest review. Listening to the audiobook was an experience especially with the different narrators. A good Anthologies are harder to get into for me. This one has less writers and stories than the usual ones I come across which allowed for longer more fleshed out stories. They all follow the central theme of taking place during a blackout in NYC and there are even characters that connected each story as nods to each other. I listened to this via audio courtesy of Harper Audio in exchange for an honest review. Listening to the audiobook was an experience especially with the different narrators. A good narrator can make or break the story and bring the characters to life. And with the different authors you experience their different writing styles. I'm all for including pop culture in a story but there's a good way to do it that doesn't leave the story feeling dated. And sometimes it came off a little try hard when incorporating phrases and trying to tackle certain social justice issues. I wish Black kids could be free of having to always have activism all up and down their stories. And I say this as someone who loves to use my platform to speak out. A lot of teens are not trying to be activists. They just aren't! And they shouldn't have to. I didn't start becoming more active until college. Nic Stone's story in particular was jampacked full of messages it was trying to convey in a short amount of space. There was a scene where the boy's inner dialogue was commenting on breastfeeding in public that felt so forced. Tiffany D. Jackson's story was broken down into parts throughout the anthology and I enjoyed it. I thought it was perfectly balanced. Tammi and Kareem had a fun dynamic and the narration was perfect for those sections. It was easily the most memorable story of this collection for me. Ashley Woodfolk's story was a cute Sapphic story. The chemistry between the girls sold their connection for me. And the family dynamic included at the senior living facility added some heart. I can't even remember Dhonielle Clayton's story beyond two childhood friends being at a library. The narration for Angie Thomas' story was so bad I can't even really share my thoughts on that one because it was a struggle to follow along. It follows Southern kids visiting NYC for the first time on a trip and the accents were dreadful! The main character's Southern accent was bad and then there was an equally horrible attempt at a Jamaican accent. Whew! I can't tell you if the story was good or bad because the accents were distracting. Nicola Yoon's had a Jamaican lead who I believe was related to the Jamaican character from Angie's story and this was another case of bad accent. There was no Jamaican voice actress available? This story was cute enough and I liked how heavy the cultural aspects were and how Grace was adjusting to her life in America. While this anthology boasted big names in the industry I don't feel like romance is everyone's lane here. And I don't think all the authors were suited for the short story format. Anthologies are very hit and miss and I usually go in expecting to like about half of them. I think romance anthologies are even harder because you have a short amount of space to sell a love story. The chemistry just wasn't there with most of the couples for me to connect. The stories weren't very memorable either. Mostly this collection thrives off being from big name authors. There were no stories in this to really keep you running back for more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Camryn

    I liked this a lot! I probably also had the same question as Dhonielle's niece who inspired this, wondering why Black kids didn't have something like Let It Snow, and I have to say it's incredibly refreshing to finally get one that's all about Black kids. I think my favorite stories were Ashley Woodfolk's and Nicola Yoon's; Ashley's seemed a lot like instalove, but I feel like that's pretty realistic for queer girls, ha. New York is my favorite city, so it was amazing to have so much love for it I liked this a lot! I probably also had the same question as Dhonielle's niece who inspired this, wondering why Black kids didn't have something like Let It Snow, and I have to say it's incredibly refreshing to finally get one that's all about Black kids. I think my favorite stories were Ashley Woodfolk's and Nicola Yoon's; Ashley's seemed a lot like instalove, but I feel like that's pretty realistic for queer girls, ha. New York is my favorite city, so it was amazing to have so much love for it here, especially the parts that don't always get highlighted, primarily all of the places with Black people. I got emotional during the parts about Washington Square and NYU, even though I haven't graduated yet. I also loved all of the Jamaican rep! My mom's Jamaican and I honestly don't feel very Jamaican, but it was really nice to have it here, anyway.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Stringfield

    Pleeeease let someone turn this into a movie.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Six love stories featuring Black teens -- what more do you want?! I'm so glad this book exists. My favorite stories were the ones by Tiffany D. Jackson and Nicola Yoon, but every author has something sweet and romantic to offer! Six love stories featuring Black teens -- what more do you want?! I'm so glad this book exists. My favorite stories were the ones by Tiffany D. Jackson and Nicola Yoon, but every author has something sweet and romantic to offer!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    The six incredible authors of this book have crafted something truly special within its pages. Not only are the individual stories gorgeous, they’re also formatted and flawlessly weaved together in a way that acts as further proof of the sheer talent these authors hold. I devoured this book in one sitting, which is something I’ve not done in many years and honestly? I’d happily read it again tomorrow. Blackout was a story filled with love and joy in all its forms and is without a doubt one of my The six incredible authors of this book have crafted something truly special within its pages. Not only are the individual stories gorgeous, they’re also formatted and flawlessly weaved together in a way that acts as further proof of the sheer talent these authors hold. I devoured this book in one sitting, which is something I’ve not done in many years and honestly? I’d happily read it again tomorrow. Blackout was a story filled with love and joy in all its forms and is without a doubt one of my favourite reads of 2021 so far. (Side-note: I also don’t think I’ve ever read a book with such obvious potential for a movie/tv adaptation? Because holy crap this needs to be adapted asap!)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    *Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me this copy of Blackout for review!* Ok this is a bunch of mini interconnected stories written by six different authors, so I’m going to review it as a whole, then include some thoughts on each individual bit at the end! For such a short book, this review is probably going to look super lengthy. Sorry in advance. I think the concept for this book was so cool, following multiple characters all experiencing the same universal event but from completely *Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me this copy of Blackout for review!* Ok this is a bunch of mini interconnected stories written by six different authors, so I’m going to review it as a whole, then include some thoughts on each individual bit at the end! For such a short book, this review is probably going to look super lengthy. Sorry in advance. I think the concept for this book was so cool, following multiple characters all experiencing the same universal event but from completely different perspectives. It’s been done before, but not quite like this. At the heart of this book is romance, and they weren;t kidding when they said you’d find a little bit of everything in here. There’s lgbt romance, insta-love, second chance romance, forced proximity… the girls have got you covered in here this book had range. My heart was smiling at the sheer scope of representation is such a short number of pages, it did it so well. I will say that while I enjoyed it all as a whole, it could’ve been longer and a bit more cohesive. Some authors got a lot less page time than others meaning some of the chapters were super short and felt rushed to me. Like, the formatting worked for the most part but was a tad touch-and-go and could’ve been organised differently. I adore the overall message of the book though and it was definitely a quick, enjoyable and easy read. I especially loved all of the bonus content at the back from all six authors, I usually skip stuff like that but I read it so closely. It made me smile! The Long Walk – Tiffany D. Jackson This is an author I haven’t read before, but their story was the one we spent the most time with. I think it’s why I liked it a lot more as we have more to go off and it just felt somehow more fleshed out than some of the other segments. I liked the characters and the writing a long, and thought it was pretty well paced. Mask Off – Nic Stone I am SO sad we only got a couple of parts of this because I literally would’ve read a whole book about these two and their journey. But… it ends so suddenly and we never see them again, it just felt a bit abrupt. It did a great job in its limited time of talking about sexuality, identity and mental health. I think this was definitely a stand out. Made to Fit - Ashley Woodfolk The characters in this were my favourites of the bunch I think. These girls were so just cute and completely wholesome in their interactions with each other, it made me so happy. The tone of this one was also pretty light and easy breezy to read. Again, a criticism that it was over too soon but that’s just the nature of this book I think. Was a bit instalove-esque but a) they’re women loving women so, very on brand and b) it’s a romance book told over 24hr so I can’t be too nitpicky. All the Great Love Stories - Dhonielle Clayton Not really a notable one for me but the best friends to lovers trope was done ridiculously well. I liked the ‘plot’ of it I guess but I just didn’t care for the characters and the formatting with the footnotes didn’t work for me in this instance. The protagonist being a hopeless romantic bookworm was a highlight though, same girl. No Sleep til Brooklyn - Angie Thomas I think this was my least favourite one, but I have to admit I did like the ending message of it despite not liking how we got there. It just felt a tad all over the place and, yeah like the book says – a bit of a love square. It all happened so quickly and was over before it really began so I felt like I got whiplash. It was also a bit corny, but maybe that’s just a me problem. Still good though – it’s Angie Thomas, come on. Seymour and Grace - Nicola Yoon The queen of dual points of view and insta love was here yet again to hit us with some dual POV and insta love. I’m not saying I hated this one, because it wasn’t bad at all, but in reflecting on it… what on earth? Like, if this happened in real life it would feel a bit creepy I think. I liked the writing but not sure I liked the ‘romance’ aspect of it if you can call it that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Oyinda

    Book 191 of 2021 3.5 ✨ Blackout is an anthology of interconnected short stories, set in NYC during a Blackout. The six contributors to this book are YA powerhouses, some of whom I love so much. I really enjoyed the short stories in this collection. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by a full cast of narrators. The narrators were great and they brought the stories to life. The first story by Tiffany D Jackson spanned 5 acts. The structure of the book is one act of TDJ's story, followed by anothe Book 191 of 2021 3.5 ✨ Blackout is an anthology of interconnected short stories, set in NYC during a Blackout. The six contributors to this book are YA powerhouses, some of whom I love so much. I really enjoyed the short stories in this collection. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by a full cast of narrators. The narrators were great and they brought the stories to life. The first story by Tiffany D Jackson spanned 5 acts. The structure of the book is one act of TDJ's story, followed by another author's story. It followed two high school seniors who are exes, reconnecting during the blackout. It was a fun story, and I enjoyed following them through the city and them dealing with their issues. The second story by Ashley Woodfolk focused on two sapphic girls, who met in a retirement home where they volunteer. This one was heavy on the insta love and the writing was so soft and cute. The third story by Nic Stone was an MLM romance about two high school boys who had the hots for each other and some history between them. They're stuck in a train car during the blackout and they get a chance to reconnect and light the spark between them. The fourth story by Dhonielle Clayton was about two lifelong friends having more than friendship feelings towards each other. The last one by Nicola Yoon had protagonists that were older than the other protagonists in the book and didn't really come off as YA to me. The story was fun and it was a romance beween a ride share driver and his passenger. Overall, the stories were good but not great/mind-blowing. They showed off black love, black joy, and celebration of life as opposed to traumatic black stories. I also love the interconnectedness of the stories. I have not read a book by Nicola Yoon and Ashley Woodfolk yet, I plan to change that soon. I have read the Tiny Pretty Things duology by Dhonielle. I have also read tons of books by Nic, Angie, and Tiffany, and they are some of my faves. I would definitely recommend this collection.

  12. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    A novel of six interlinked stories of Black love, the book is set on a single day during a summer heatwave that causes a power outage across New York City. this line up is *chef's kiss* Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram A novel of six interlinked stories of Black love, the book is set on a single day during a summer heatwave that causes a power outage across New York City. this line up is *chef's kiss* Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tabatha (tab.talks.books)

    BOOKSTAGRAM | BOOK BLOG | AMAZON I’m not a huge fan of short stories crammed into a book where it’s all the same story and all the characters are interconnected somehow. It reminds me of “Let it Snow” which I didn’t like what so ever. This one I enjoyed more because the cast of characters were so diverse, there was something in here for everyone. My favorite couple was Kareem and Tammi, I feel their story was the first and the most talked about though Twig the DJ I feel is the one who everyone is BOOKSTAGRAM | BOOK BLOG | AMAZON I’m not a huge fan of short stories crammed into a book where it’s all the same story and all the characters are interconnected somehow. It reminds me of “Let it Snow” which I didn’t like what so ever. This one I enjoyed more because the cast of characters were so diverse, there was something in here for everyone. My favorite couple was Kareem and Tammi, I feel their story was the first and the most talked about though Twig the DJ I feel is the one who everyone is connected to. My second favorite couple is Tremaine and JJ, they are so swoony! All the other characters had good stories too, however it just didn’t do much for me. It’s a YA romance book and I can’t really get into the high school romance aspect so I didn’t go into this having high hopes but it actually surpassed my expectations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beenish

    The cover though! 💜✨

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zoraida

    Beautiful and full of love <3

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    YA Romance overload! There are way too many stilted dialogues around social justice issues for me, to the point where most didn’t come across as natural. Conversations around homosexuality, pan sexuality, long lasting love, breastfeeding, and the need to love yourself more than a significant other or other’s expectations of you are all great topics but the way they were forced into some of the stories felt too driven by pop culture rather than actually feeling genuine and heartfelt. The only YA YA Romance overload! There are way too many stilted dialogues around social justice issues for me, to the point where most didn’t come across as natural. Conversations around homosexuality, pan sexuality, long lasting love, breastfeeding, and the need to love yourself more than a significant other or other’s expectations of you are all great topics but the way they were forced into some of the stories felt too driven by pop culture rather than actually feeling genuine and heartfelt. The only YA I really enjoy is of the fantasy genre but this was a quick, okay read for me. 3 stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tomes And Textiles

    This was the PERFECT YA summer romance! I loved how all the author's contributions were undoubtedly written in their specific voices and yet the stories all overlapped in one small way or another. I'll have more thoughts soon... This was the PERFECT YA summer romance! I loved how all the author's contributions were undoubtedly written in their specific voices and yet the stories all overlapped in one small way or another. I'll have more thoughts soon...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you to Epic Reads for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Blackout is an anthology written by six amazing black authors. What makes this anthology so unique is that while they’re six different stories being told, they all take place NYC during a black out and all six stories end at the same location. I really loved that this book was about black teens and love, even when it was somewhat cheesy. Once I started this I didn’t stop. Each story weaves into the next story so flawlessly. I l Thank you to Epic Reads for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Blackout is an anthology written by six amazing black authors. What makes this anthology so unique is that while they’re six different stories being told, they all take place NYC during a black out and all six stories end at the same location. I really loved that this book was about black teens and love, even when it was somewhat cheesy. Once I started this I didn’t stop. Each story weaves into the next story so flawlessly. I loved how I could pick apart which author was writing which story without looking. This story had great queer rep and was just such a lovely story full of summertime, love, and friendships. I think this would make an excellent movie! My favorite stories in this anthology would definitely be Mask Off by Nic Stone and The Long Walk by Tiffany D. Jackson. I really did enjoy all of the incredible stories!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Books and More with Kristin G

    I loved all of the stories, I couldn't pick a favorite! I loved all of the stories, I couldn't pick a favorite!

  20. 5 out of 5

    kelseyandherbooks

    After barely reading over the last few days, I happily spend yesterday evening and this morning binging Blackout (swipe for synopsis). I really loved the concept of this book - six authors writing six different stories about Black teen love in NYC. The way the authors weaved all of the stories and characters together was magic - there were Easter eggs to pick up everywhere! Let’s take a quick look at all six stories. • the long walk • Split up into multiple acts within the book, The Long Walk focuse After barely reading over the last few days, I happily spend yesterday evening and this morning binging Blackout (swipe for synopsis). I really loved the concept of this book - six authors writing six different stories about Black teen love in NYC. The way the authors weaved all of the stories and characters together was magic - there were Easter eggs to pick up everywhere! Let’s take a quick look at all six stories. • the long walk • Split up into multiple acts within the book, The Long Walk focuses on exes making their way from Harlem to Bed Stuy for a block party. I loved how their story took us through Manhattan to the Brooklyn Bridge, and loved how they opened up to each other as they walked. “That’s the thing about finding the right person to love. When someone loves you, all their hang-ups don’t really mean much. Because loving that person is a choice you have to make every day, even when that day isn’t what you expect.” • mask off • A story of a Black boy struggling with his identity, this story touched on toxic masculinity and the expectations placed on people to act a specific way. JJ is a popular, talented basketball player who has feelings for a boy named Tremaine, but has a hard time reconciling those feelings with who he has been told to be. “”Thing is though,” he said, “if I can’t love and accept myself just as I am, why the hell would I expect anybody else to?”” • made to fit • A story about broken hearts, fate and being brave even when it’s hard. Nella is heart sick after her best friend, who she believed to be dating, tells her she’s straight and leaves the city for the summer. Joss is bold and open and challenges Nella’s pessimism in the very best way. “What if you, with your sweetness and your too-soft heart, those pretty eyes and very short skirts, are exactly what I’ve been waiting for?” • all the great love stories… and dust • My favourite of the six stories, All The Great Love stories focuses on childhood best friends who are in the New York Public Library when the blackout occurs. There are footnotes throughout, which is a fun way to get inside of our narrators head, and the love between the two characters is obvious from the first page. It’s absolutely beautiful. “I’ve always loved you, but I never though you had space to love me back.” • no sleep till brooklyn • Another favourite, I loved that this story focused on loving ourselves first. That you can love someone else, maybe multiple people, but still need to walk away and put yourself at the top of your own priority list. “Your heart will never lead you wrong, but it can be hard to hear it. You have to give it space to speak. That’s a form of love, too.” • seymour and grace • My second favourite story, I loved that we got a quick dual perspective! This story focuses on a first meeting and opening yourself up to the possibility of something you were never really expecting. “Our future selves will be nothing like us. Different tastes, different friends, different cells. Our future self is a complete stranger, a totally different person. So, why do we spend all this time making plans and doing this for a person we don’t even know?” Coming in at 243 pages, this book is small but mighty. I highly recommend it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bookofied

    "...Why Black girls didn’t get big love stories..." is what Dhonielle Clayton's neice asked her and if you are also wondering the same then this book is what you got to read. Not for a classic love story or a tragic heartbreak instead read this book for those sweet heartwarming stories from regular lives that engulf you right in. Six authors coming together to create this thoughtful and enjoyable collection of six stories taking place on same day but starring different pair of teenagers all inter "...Why Black girls didn’t get big love stories..." is what Dhonielle Clayton's neice asked her and if you are also wondering the same then this book is what you got to read. Not for a classic love story or a tragic heartbreak instead read this book for those sweet heartwarming stories from regular lives that engulf you right in. Six authors coming together to create this thoughtful and enjoyable collection of six stories taking place on same day but starring different pair of teenagers all interconnected in a way. Each story is unique and together they present you with a fair share of romance and heartbreaks and not to ignore across diverse sexualities. All little nuances, emotions and philosophies are hard to ignore. I loved it how in a span of few pages authors covered the chemistry between the characters as well as highlighted important topics. The start was bit off for me but I caught up right after that. And I am glad I did! It was a light and quick read from romance genre. Surely recommended! By the way I love that cover😍😍!! Contains stories from authors (in no particular order): Dhonielle Clayton Tiffany D. Jackson Angie Thomas Nick Stone Ashley Woodfolk Nicola Yoon

  22. 5 out of 5

    Khushboo Aneja

    It's a fast and short read. Kind of sweet. I liked the conversations and how miraculous yet normal it felt. Good vibes romantic read. It's a fast and short read. Kind of sweet. I liked the conversations and how miraculous yet normal it felt. Good vibes romantic read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Star

    This was all kinds of awesome. I loved the way each novella connected under the main theme, and so much more. I was so kindly gifted a finished copy of Blackout from Harper Collins Australia. This has no way impacted my review. Blackout is a collection of short stories that centres around a Blackout that happens in New York. I loved that these stories were all interwoven in the slightest of ways. It made it read like I was watching a movie (think Love, Actually or Valentine’s Day) and I thoroughly This was all kinds of awesome. I loved the way each novella connected under the main theme, and so much more. I was so kindly gifted a finished copy of Blackout from Harper Collins Australia. This has no way impacted my review. Blackout is a collection of short stories that centres around a Blackout that happens in New York. I loved that these stories were all interwoven in the slightest of ways. It made it read like I was watching a movie (think Love, Actually or Valentine’s Day) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my favourite things was the way that The Long Walk was the one that wove between each of the other short stories. This novella collection has something for everyone – friendships, romances, and adventures. If you are needing a quick read, something to just relax and read, then I highly recommend this one! 4/5 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Very enjoyable! The Long Walk by Tiffany D. Jackson Rating: 4.5 My favorite part of this story was how it was wound around and in between all the other stories. This was a super cute second chance story. I liked that we really get to know Tammi in the various acts. I loved seeing how Kareem supported her with her anxiety/anxiety attack. I feel like I'm still a little confused as to why they originally broke up, but I really liked this pairing. Rep: Black female MC with anxiety, Black male love int Very enjoyable! The Long Walk by Tiffany D. Jackson Rating: 4.5 My favorite part of this story was how it was wound around and in between all the other stories. This was a super cute second chance story. I liked that we really get to know Tammi in the various acts. I loved seeing how Kareem supported her with her anxiety/anxiety attack. I feel like I'm still a little confused as to why they originally broke up, but I really liked this pairing. Rep: Black female MC with anxiety, Black male love interest. Mask Off by Nic Stone Rating: 5 Easily my favorite of this anthology. Nic Stone is a goddess. I loved Jacorey and his story. I loved seeing his questioning journey and then his memories of Tremaine and then how they reconnected. God they were so cute. I felt so much for these two boys and I want the rest of their lives to be happy and blessed. *Cries forever* Rep: Black bisexual male MC, Black bisexual love interest with claustrophobia and panic disorder/anxiety. Made to Fit by Ashley Woodfolk Rating: 5 This was a super cute story! Definitely my second fave! Nellie is at a senior living center with her grandpa when the blackout happens. Soon after, Jocelyn and her therapy dog, Ziggy, arrive. Nellie has been avoiding her ever since her grandpa told her Joss might also like girls. When Nellie's grandpa's photo of his late wife goes missing, Nellie and Joss must explore the center to find it. This story was the most plot driven one and I really liked the whole search for the photo. Also these two are seriously adorable. Such a cute will they won't they story! Rep: Black lesbian female MC, sapphic Black Love interest with glasses, side nonbinary character, two side achillean married couple (two men), side Muslim woman married to Jewish man in a wheelchair. Several side characters are living in a senior living center. All The Great Love Stories...And Dust by Dhonielle Clayton Rating: 4.5 Lana wants to tell her best friend Tristan how she feels before she leaves for the summer to study abroad. But she's scared he won't feel the same way. In this story we follow Lana and Tristan in the New York Public Library trying to find the best love story. These two have a history of setting up bets and the winner will receive something. This was a cute friends to lovers story. Something about the way Lana described her feelings made me think she falls somewhere in the A-spectrum, I'm unsure if Ace or Aro but she definitely is one of them. Rep: Black female MC possibly Aspec, Latine/x love interest, Jamaican-American side character. No Sleep Till Brooklyn by Angie Thomas Rating: 4 This story had the least movement of them all--probably because the characters are all stuck on a bus. Kayla is from Mississippi and is with 11 other honors students on a trip to NYC when the blackout hits. Kayla is with her boyfriend and the other boy she has a crush on and she's uncertain of what to do about it all. I wasn't super invested in either of the love interests but Kayla picks herself and I loved that for her. Rep: Black female MC. Black side characters. Seymour & Grace by Nicola Yoon Rating: 4 This story is about Seymour and Grace, two Jamaican-American teens. Grace is on the way to a party and Seymour is her Ryde driver. These two don't hint it off very well, but throughout the story they open up to each other and I really liked seeing that. I loved their philosophical debates. This is the story where everyone has finally showed up to the party. I liked that we got to see almost everyone, but I wish we had kind of gotten a little more at the party. I wanted to see all the connections the characters in each story had. Rep: Jamaican-American female MC, Jamaican-American male MC. Side queer characters from the earlier stories show up in passing. Overall: This was a celebration of Black love and joy in all its forms. This was such a fun collaboration and I loved all the connections the characters had. I just wish this was a little longer! CWs: Mental illness (anxiety), grief, death of grandparent, panic attack/disorder, cursing, bullying (flashback).

  25. 5 out of 5

    alysa

    all the stories were so cute omg this rlly just made me want to start reading more romance. also the connections between all the characters & the fact that they're all heading towards the same thing was so fun & had me !!!, plus the nyc vibes in a blackout very genius very chef's kiss. literally just black teen love in many different forms as the synopsis describes & it's everything. loved dis so much, jus made me feel so smiley & happy <3 *thank you to harpercollins for an advanced copy of this all the stories were so cute omg this rlly just made me want to start reading more romance. also the connections between all the characters & the fact that they're all heading towards the same thing was so fun & had me !!!, plus the nyc vibes in a blackout very genius very chef's kiss. literally just black teen love in many different forms as the synopsis describes & it's everything. loved dis so much, jus made me feel so smiley & happy <3 *thank you to harpercollins for an advanced copy of this book*

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was extremely cute and incredible! My favorite stories were the ones by Angie Thomas and Tiffany D. Jackson, I absolutely loved those. While I enjoyed this anthology a lot, I did wish some of the stories had a bit more of a stronger ending, and one of the stories had such strong insta love that even I was like okay this is a bit too much for me. Besides that, this is one of the best anthologies I've read, and I think the authors did a phenomenal job on this anthology. I would highly recomme This was extremely cute and incredible! My favorite stories were the ones by Angie Thomas and Tiffany D. Jackson, I absolutely loved those. While I enjoyed this anthology a lot, I did wish some of the stories had a bit more of a stronger ending, and one of the stories had such strong insta love that even I was like okay this is a bit too much for me. Besides that, this is one of the best anthologies I've read, and I think the authors did a phenomenal job on this anthology. I would highly recommend, especially if you're looking for a sweet, lovely summer read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)

    Y'all, this was such a perfect summer read. These six interconnected love stories by six all-star authors, celebrating Black teens in love, come along with what almost feels like a seventh "bonus" love story underscoring everything else: an implicit love letter to the city of New York. If you want a book by and about Black people that doesn't center Black pain, this is your book. If you want a series of light romances that depict love in all of its forms, this is for you (seriously, this book ha Y'all, this was such a perfect summer read. These six interconnected love stories by six all-star authors, celebrating Black teens in love, come along with what almost feels like a seventh "bonus" love story underscoring everything else: an implicit love letter to the city of New York. If you want a book by and about Black people that doesn't center Black pain, this is your book. If you want a series of light romances that depict love in all of its forms, this is for you (seriously, this book has it all--gay and straight, old friends and love at first sight, exes grappling with unresolved feelings, and of course, self-love). If you want that fun experience of short stories that are also part of a bigger narrative, go ahead and grab this one ASAP. It's not some highbrow, fancy work of high literature, but it is a great feel-good collection that will (I hope) be a highlight of the summer for readers everywhere. I'll try and update this review in a more articulate sense, with more details on individual stories, when I have a bit more time! Huge thank you to Epic Reads for providing me with an ARC of this book! All opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hayden (bookish.hayden)

    A MUST READ

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janna

    I read "Blackout" a couple of days ago and I enjoyed it so much! It's an anthology that features multiple stories of Black teens dealing with a blackout in New York. I especially loved that the stories and characters were all kind of connected. There was amazing queer representation: queer boys and queer girls falling in love! The language that was used acknowledged that gender goes beyond a binary. There also was a mention of a former relationship with a non-binary person. I really loved how dive I read "Blackout" a couple of days ago and I enjoyed it so much! It's an anthology that features multiple stories of Black teens dealing with a blackout in New York. I especially loved that the stories and characters were all kind of connected. There was amazing queer representation: queer boys and queer girls falling in love! The language that was used acknowledged that gender goes beyond a binary. There also was a mention of a former relationship with a non-binary person. I really loved how diverse and inclusive the stories and the writing style were. There was also anxiety representation which was very relatable to me. I enjoyed all of the stories and thought they were each all cute, interesting and intriguing in their own way. And lastly, please, someone tell me this is going to be made into a movie because it's literally the perfect romcom similar to the style of "Valentine's Day". Fingers crossed for that!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelsea

    Blackout is an anthology with SUCH a cool concept! It’s interconnected — all of the stories take place in the same day and area, when the city loses power. Sometimes characters in one story will reference the characters in another. The first part of Tiffany D. Jackson’s story starts off the anthology, and each subsequent part sits between the other authors’ stories. I read Blackout in one sitting and absolutely loved it! Each story is a love story, but they all explore difference facets and paths Blackout is an anthology with SUCH a cool concept! It’s interconnected — all of the stories take place in the same day and area, when the city loses power. Sometimes characters in one story will reference the characters in another. The first part of Tiffany D. Jackson’s story starts off the anthology, and each subsequent part sits between the other authors’ stories. I read Blackout in one sitting and absolutely loved it! Each story is a love story, but they all explore difference facets and paths of love, and I just loved how complex they all were. Such a stunning book. I recommend this one for sure! Huge thanks to Epic Reads for sending a free advanced copy and swag. 4.5 stars!

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