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Blackout: A Novel Hardcover – June 22 2021

4.6 out of 5 stars 613 ratings

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"In Blackout, young Black love with all its insecurities, mistakes, emotion, honesty, and humanity makes for a lush read. Even amidst their fears, these characters are wonderfully respectful of each other's choices. You will root for them all to find their own right love at their own right time. And though it was written for young adults, Blackout is a must-read for all generations." — NPR

"Young Black love glows throughout this collaboration by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, which follows six couples through a summer blackout in New York City... As each teen makes their way home, this joyful collaboration brings a necessary elation to stories of Black love, queer love, and alternative forms of affection, all of which are all tenderly highlighted in these narratives." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"There’s plenty to smile, sigh, or swoon at here, and readers will happily keep the lights on to see these charming romances to the end." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

"Rich with intersectional queer representation and light with banter, humor, and even philosophy, this beautiful collaboration hits different from your typical romance novel, ultimately evoking the warmth of greater connection, community, and belonging." — Booklist (starred review)

"Readers in search of joyful stories of young Black love will adore Blackout." — Bookpage (starred review)

"Working together to deliver a fantastic mix of humor and romance, these authors offer something fun and lighthearted that is welcome during the continuing pandemic and that will bring joy long after it’s over." — Kirkus Reviews

"Each author brings an unmistakable voice to the humorous, lighthearted storytelling, affirming that Black people are not a monolith. Every character and every chapter celebrates Black culture through language, fashion and individuality."Shelf Awareness

"Six stories of romance from six Black young adult authors set this collaborative novel apart, with the tales, all set during a (fictional) summer blackout affecting all of New York City, intertwining as the characters make their way toward a block party in Brooklyn... An easy, entertaining summer read, with each author taking advantage of the premise to write into the underserved space of Black young adult rom-com." — Horn Book Magazine

About the Author

Dhonielle Clayton is the New York Times bestsellingauthor of the Bellesseries and The Marvellers andthe coauthor of The Rumor Game and the Tiny Pretty Thingsduology, which was made into a Netflix original series. She is COO of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books and the owner of Cake Creative.

Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Monday’s Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book and Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, earned her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decade in TV and film experience. The Brooklyn native still resides in the borough she loves. You can visit her at

Nic Stone is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the William C. Morris Award finalist Dear Martin, Dear Justyce, Odd One Out, Jackpot, and Clean Getaway, and the Shuri novel series with Marvel Comics.

Angie Thomas is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Hate U Give, On the Come Up, and Concrete Rose, as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at

Ashley Woodfolk worked in children’s book publishing before becoming an author full-time. Her novels include the highly acclaimed The Beauty that Remains and When You Were Everything.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Quill Tree Books (June 22 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0063088096
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0063088092
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 340 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 2.26 x 20.96 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely incredible and heart-tugging take on the anthology
Reviewed in Canada on June 23, 2021
I finished this a while ago, but I am still so completely submerged in feelings of the warmest variety. My heart, it's SO full, and I can't seem to stop sighing the deepest sighs of happiness.

BLACKOUT was a fresh take on the 'anthology', with the entire book taking place over the course of one evening in New York City, during a city-wide loss of power. Each author wrote from the perspective of a different character(s), but everyone and everything was connected—it was an absolutely BRILLIANT structure choice. If you're looking for stories where people fall in love with people, with themselves, with life, and with LOVE, you'll find that and so much more in this beautifully diverse and incredibly inclusive narrative. I adored EVERY single author's contribution, and I'm so sure that you will too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Diverse Read
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5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories from a bunch of great authors working together
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smoothing stories
Reviewed in India on February 21, 2022
Some stories are better told in the dark. Not just the scary ones where someone gets chased through the woods. Or the whodunits where a bunch of suspects are trapped in a house. But even love stories can glow when lights go out.
I agree with this lines because I had many happy little things when the lights went out🥰

Soo smoothing love stories that glow, when the lights go out. It's seems like a tiny weenie situations happening through the blackout between 6 different stories of black teens love which are well interconnected, but that's more to love this book. A book filled with fluffy romances, sassy friendship, LGBTQ+ and family but with a lesser black representation. Definitely, I recommend this book to all. I JUST freaking love this book with my whole heart. I just wished the blackout never to end. Haha😄.
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