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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  17 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
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published February 26th 2011 by Bug Books (first published August 1st 2005)
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Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
This is the story of Tally, who is the most popular girl in school. She  has a boyfriend, great friends and a perfect life. One day she attends a party, later wakes up after  6 months  from a drug induced coma, with no memory of what happened to her. Her whole world is turned upside down, when she comes in terms with reality. The perfect life was a dream, and everyone believes that she is a druggie. The story takes us through Tally's struggle to remember the past ,as well as how to fit in school ...more
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
"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
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Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
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K.J. Simmill
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tally should never have written that email. Then again, she didn't believe her doctors or her parents when they told her the life she remembered, the friends, the love, the parties, had all just been a dream within her coma. A coma she had slipped into after taking drugs. She knew she wouldn't do that. On her release she had reached out to the popular kids, her friends, but in return received only scorn and mockery. She had been popular once, if only in her dream, and she was determined to be ag ...more
Shivani Rohella
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blackout by Joey Paul(@authorjoeypaul) was her debut novel which she wrote in ten days (which is AMAZING). It is a Psychological Thriller which revolves around the life of Tally Jenkins, a teenager who has a happy and functional family.👨‍👩‍👧 Her perfect life comes to an end when she finds herself in a coma because of a drug consumption. She struggles while the people around her continue to tell her the facts that don't match up with the things that she remembers. Her 'friends' mock her and she g ...more
Jennifer Loiske
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone wants to be accepted and popular when they're teenagers. Yes, they do. Even if it's not always the traditional way of being popular but something else. Joey Paul brings a great character into the teen genre, adding a pinch of mystery in the struggle. I've always loved Joey's writing style and her way to cover all things, even the difficult ones, in teen's life. She has a gift of bringing the words alive and making every word she writes important.

Don't fool yourself with thinking this is
Joey Paul
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Blackout by Joey Paul is a novel for young adults. It revolves around fifteen-year-old Tally Jenkins. She was from a rich home, had a beautiful family, grand friends at school, and a dashing boyfriend. Tally was among the elite at school, with everyone wanting to identify with her. And so, her friend Summer invited Tally to a party at her home. It was all great fun until someone orchestrated an incident that thre
Brenda Perlin
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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
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Jana Petken
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Diana Febry
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lucinda Clarke
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ann Axisa
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the book a good read which kept me guessing. I enjoyed it.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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Joey Paul is a multi-award-winning indie author, exploring young adult. She has released eighteen books so far, with another due out in 2021. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, which is eight books, the "Lights Out" trilogy, the "Cramping Chronicles" series, as well as several standalone novels. She writes across genres, with crime, mystery, paranormal, sci-fi and dystopian bei ...more

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