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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  16,882 ratings  ·  3,238 reviews
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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 22nd 2021 by Quill Tree Books
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Mo Kerdijk There’s two queer stories, a mlm and wlw one. There is a non-binary character and queer couples/parents mentioned.
Sydney | sydneys.books The stories are much too short for any explicit romance, but there is some language, varying between the stories. Nothing as bad as what you'd hear at…moreThe stories are much too short for any explicit romance, but there is some language, varying between the stories. Nothing as bad as what you'd hear at high school.(less)

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I just want everyone to understand that I completely get what the authors were attempting to do with this book; however, I think that this book needed a little more work in terms of execution. Black love representation is important, but I also believe that having that representation doesn't automatically make it a 5 star book. I always find it hard to rate anthologies especially the way that this one was told, but I'll discuss each story individually and then how I think it came together as a fu ...more
Mar 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, short-stories, ya
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
Sep 28, 2022 rated it really liked it

New York is going through a power outage and during those hours, six separate romance stories take place that all have very different plot lines, characters and personalities.

The long walk: 5/5
I absolutely loved this little second chance story. This story is about Kareem Tammi who broke up a while ago but during the black out they are thrust together and have to hash out their past, problems and fears.

Mask off: 4/5
this was the shortest story
Kelsey (munnyreads)
Jun 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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.
Shawna Finnigan
Nov 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
*3.5, rounded up

Blackout is a romance short story anthology that focuses on black love stories and it’s written by several amazing black authors. The stories are interconnected and they all revolve around a power outage that occurs in New York. There’s lots of LGBTQ+ representation in these romance stories, which was a pleasant surprise for me.

The Long Walk: 3 stars - This story was really creative. It was a longer story that was split up in little sections between the other short stories. I wa
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i can’t WAIT for this to be adapted into a movie. i can see it so clearly in my head. this is definitely worth the read if you’re a romance lover❤️ +lots of LGBT rep in here!
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
I’m on BookTube now! =)

What can I say about this collection of short stories? Well, I might just start with the basics and take it from there. ;-) For me this was a really nice collection and I enjoyed reading a different story each night. I loved that there were stories with LGBTQIA+ reps as well and that all of the stories were pretty diverse and varied. They all played during a blackout in NYC that was caused by an extreme heatwave and it was very interesting to follow the characters around w
Avani ✨
Aug 28, 2021 rated it liked it
The purpose of the book is met.
Beautiful stories, about black teens.
Loved them, but I have definitely read better books in the same format and genre.
The book has beautiful cover though.
I enjoyed only Angie Thomas's story and none others. :(
Misha (Heartsfullofreads)
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Chelsea Stringfield
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, staff-rec
Pleeeease let someone turn this into a movie.
Aug 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun anthology! I do love that all of the short stories were connected by taking place during the same blackout in New York City. We also got snippets of one story all throughout the book between the other short stories, which I also thought was a fun way to thread everything together. I did enjoy some stories more than others, which is why I'm giving this four stars. Ashley Woodfolk's story was one of my favorites! I'd definitely recommend picking this up! ...more
Ms. Woc Reader
Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
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
Larry H
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
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,
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked 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
What a great collection. I loved the idea of authors getting together to have characters set in the same place/time/date with them all spinning their individual stories. This was honestly lovely and I had no problem with any of the storylines. To have a young adult romance book starring mostly Black characters was wonderful to read. I started wishing for this to get turned into a miniseries. I miss really good romantic movies/tv shows. It feels like they have gotten out of vogue the past few yea ...more
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
May 27, 2021 added it
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! ...more
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 ...more
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I'm leaving this unrated and instead rating the stories separately with mini reviews. But if you do the math, overall, this is probably a three.

Tiffany D Jackson's story, THE LONG WALK, is the main driving force of these interconnected stories of Black kids during a city-wide blackout, with four parts that break up the anthology. This story focuses on a couple who have since broken up and both happen to arrive an internship there's only one spot for. Before it can be resolved, the blackout hits.

I haven't read any anthologies before, so I wasn't sure what to expect when diving into Blackout. I definitely really enjoyed it, and it made me excited to check out some books by authors I haven't read yet. My favorite story was probably The Long Walk by Tiffany D. Jackson, and her writing only affirmed by expectations for her work (I'm sooo excited to read Grown. The book lacked the cohesiveness that was promised in "interconnecting stories," but nevertheless I really enjoyed the stor
Grapie Deltaco
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
I am absolutely in love with this collection of interconnected love stories during a NYC blackout.

There was Achillean romance. There was sapphic romance. There were straight romances. There were meet cutes and friends-to-lovers and second chance romances.

This book has everything and has no business being that good while being so short!!

My favorite story had to be 'All the Great Love Stories...and Dust' by Dhonielle Clayton but this was such an amazing group of authors.

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Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is terrific and I **really** liked the way the anthology was set up, with the story The Long Walk interspersed into the other stories.
Ryan Buckby
Oct 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
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.

I absolutely enjoyed this book and i'm only familiar with three authors works who i've read previously in the past but i still enjoyed the other authors who i haven't had the chance to read yet. The lineup for this book is crazy good and all of the stories written in this were so well done i was pleased with how much i ended up liking it.

All of the stories linked u
Jun 24, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The cover though! 💜✨
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I loved all of the stories, I couldn't pick a favorite! ...more
Aug 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and full of love <3
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
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 ...more
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Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Dhonielle spent much of her childhood hiding beneath her grandmother's dining table with a stack of books. As an English teacher at a ballet academy, Clayton rediscovered her passion for children's and young adult literature. To ground herself in the canon, she pursued her Masters in Children's Literature from Hollins University before receiving ...more

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