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Blackout – Collection of six short stories | Book Review

About The Book:

Authors: Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon.
Pages: 258.
Publisher: Electric Monkey.
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021.
Buy Here: Amazon India.


When a heatwave plunges New York City into darkness, sparks fly for thirteen teenagers caught up in the blackout. From the exes who have to bury their rivalry and walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn in time to kick off a block party, to the two boys trapped on the subway who come face-to-face with their feelings and the pair of best friends stuck in the library and surrounded by love stories and one very big secret, they are all about to see that when the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendship transforms, and all possibilities take flight.

Six of today’s biggest stars of the YA world bring all the electricity of love to a collection of charming, hilarious and heartbreaking tales that shine the brightest light through the dark.

My Thoughts:

I got this beautiful copy from HarperCollins India.

“Blackout” is a compilation of six short stories, all of which take place on a summer evening in New York City when the city goes black for a few hours. It’s clear that all the characters are related in some manner to a large, dynamic, intergenerational community of individuals. In this book, you’ll read about first dates and heartbreak, as well as the revival of old affections. Every form of love and sexuality is highlighted in the book. Black teenagers’ pleasures, heartbreaks, and dreams are the center of this anthology.

It was a great idea to have various characters see the same universal event from diverse points of view.

The narrative of Tiffany D. Jackson‘s story – “The Long Walk” was divided up into segments throughout the anthology, and I found it to be engaging. There was a great chemistry between Tammi and Kareem, and the narration was appropriate for certain scenes. 

“Mask Off” by Nic Stone is the story of two individuals and their adventure. It would have been an admirable book. I’m sad we only got to see a few portions of it. In its short time, it did an excellent job of discussing sexuality, identity, and mental health. This was a standout, in my opinion.

Ashley Woodfolk‘s story “Made To Fit” is a charming Sapphic tale. What a joy it was to see these girls connect so harmoniously with one other. This one has a similar bright, breezy tone. This facility’s family dynamic gave a special touch.

“All the Great Love Stories” by Dhonielle Clayton: I didn’t think it was particularly noteworthy, although the best friends to lovers trope was effectively executed. I suppose I enjoyed the ‘storyline,’ but I didn’t care for the characters, and the footnote style didn’t work for me in this case.

“No Sleep til Brooklyn” by Angie Thomas was my least favourite one, but I did like the ending message of it despite not liking how we got there.

“Seymour and Grace”Nicola Yoon was really refreshing. I adored her narrative about a young cab driver who develops a bond with his passenger.

I really enjoyed the following stories in the given order:

  • Made to Fit
  • The Long Walk
  • Seymur and Grace
  • Mask off

As the stories were interwoven, I was expecting a more interesting end, but it wasn’t.

What to expect?

  • Black rep.
  • MM, FF couples.
  • Anxiety issue.
  • New York tour.


15 thoughts on “Blackout – Collection of six short stories | Book Review

  1. Have had this on my TBR for quite some time! But you know I usually don’t pick up anthologies that often so was wondering to finally check it out!

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