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3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Imagine having everything you ever wanted. A perfect family, a perfect boyfriend, perfect friends – the whole group that only exists because of you!
Then imagine waking up one morning and discovering you don’t have any of that.

It was a dream…a dream you had in a coma that was supposedly brought on by drugs.
Imagine having to start again at school, desperately trying to fit i
Published 2011 by Bug Books (first published August 1st 2005)
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Joanne Armstrong
Blackout was written in 2005, chronologically the first of seven books listed for Joey Paul on Goodreads. I haven’t read any of her later works yet, but I can see that there is room for improvement in her writing from a decade ago. With another six novels behind her, it will be really interesting to see how her writing has developed.

The first thing I noticed about Paul’s writing is that she really gets into the head of her teen character. Her protagonist, Tally, sounds just like the fifteen year
Christoph Fischer
Apr 25, 2014 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
"Blackout" by Joey Paul is a moving and cleverly told teenage drama about 15 year old Tally, a girl who longs to fit in.
The story begins with her dream life, with the hottest and most popular football player chosing her over th emore obvious choices, and with her having plenty of friends. I loved that part of the book, is was told with so much joy and happiness that I was equally gutted as Tally when she wakes up from her dream.
The mystery of the blackout from the title needs to be solved while
Brenda Perlin
Apr 14, 2014 Brenda Perlin rated it it was amazing
How far would you go to fit in?

Blackout is a touching story about a young girl named Tally. She invites you right into her life in the most realistic way. I love how she tells it like it is. I guess you would say she is blunt. Sometimes cold but that is the character and there are lessons in all of this.

This really starts out as a dream where your life is perfect, have the perfect friends, the perfect parents and the most perfect wardrobe. Life doesn't always work out as you would like. How nice
Robert Jr.
Apr 28, 2014 Robert Jr. rated it it was amazing


Having raised three daughters and the girls now having their own teenagers I wanted to read something that might give me a clue as to what modern teenagers go through, besides dreaming and talking on the phone. I liked the premise of the book. I like the plot line. I also like the thriller mystery aspect, but most of all I like the story about the struggles the main character goes through to be popular and accepted. In many ways it is sad. In many ways it is up lif
Jana Petken
May 13, 2014 Jana Petken rated it it was amazing
Tally is like every other teenage I've met. She wants to fit in, be popular and goes through life with the most important things being how and what happens in school, with friendships, and enemies. I thought her an endearing character. The story was witty and the added thriller plot was unexpected. The book was narrated by Tally in the first person, which gave it that added emotional flair.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Joey Paul does an excellent job building her characters. It is well writ
Lucinda Clarke
Sep 28, 2015 Lucinda Clarke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this YA novel was quite charming, quite tongue in cheek. I really liked the writing style. Then it took an unexpected turn, though I am not going to give anything away here but it took me by surprise. The pace was good, I could relate to the characters, although rather a lot of them were introduced at the beginning and it took a while to sort them all out – I would have preferred to meet them more gradually. The build up at the end was good. Recommended if you h
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Diana Febry
Jul 12, 2014 Diana Febry rated it it was amazing
Joey Paul excels at getting into the teenage mind set. The main character is 15 year old Tally and her school friends and frenemies. The girls are at times naïve and easily led, spiteful and cruel, and confused and selfish, as they work out the difference between true friendship and being popular.
The book opens with Tally's perfect life as the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately she is in a coma and when she regains consciousness it is to discover she is one of the social outcasts she sh
Apr 11, 2012 Sally rated it liked it
I thought this book was okay, I didnt really love it or really dislike it but I dont think ill be reading it sgain.It did keep me guessing and I was happy with the ending but I found it slightly unrealistic at times.
Mar 31, 2012 Nat rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Remember what is was like to be at school... that was the first thing this book reminded me of.

Somewhere between a thriller and a who-dunnit I couldn't put it down.
Ann Axisa
Apr 17, 2012 Ann Axisa rated it really liked it
I found the book a good read which kept me guessing. I enjoyed it.
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Joey Paul is an indie author, exploring the young adult crime genre. She has released eight books in total so far, with a ninth due out in the summer of 2016. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, and she is planning to start writing the last book. She usually writes crime and mystery fiction, with a paranormal twist, but she has been known to dabble in contemporary romance and ge ...more
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