Combining the talents of half a dozen of YA’s biggest authors, Blackout tells a series of love stories between Black teens that occur when a power failure plunges New York into darkness.
'Blackout is our love letter to love, to New York City, and to Black teens. Our reminder to them that their stories, their joy, their love is valid and worthy of being spotlighted.' - Dhonielle Clayton
The irresistible blockbuster YA romance of summer 2021 that celebrates Black love stories, by six of the biggest voices in YA. Perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Netflix's Let it Snow and Bolu Babalola's Love in Colour.
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.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
'Perfect summer reading' - The Stylist
'A moving story of black teenage love. Perfect for bringing a taste of romance and American city life to your staycation' - The Times
'Blackout is a novel of a moment in time, capturing the radiance, joy and possibility of teen romance' - Time magazine
'YA's biggest stars have written the collab of the year with Blackout' - Entertainment Weekly
" A delightful, sprawling, warm and funny YA novel" - Culture Fly
'Not one, not two, but six bestselling and award-winning authors come together to write a moving story of Black teen love, set against the backdrop of New York City in the summer.' - Buzzfeed
'Young Black love glows throughout this collaboration.' Publishers' Weekly STARRED REVIEW
"This beautiful collaboration hits different from your typical romance novel, ultimately evoking the warmth of greater connection, community, and belonging. Each of these six powerhouse authors would draw a crowd on her own; together, watch out."-Booklist STARRED REVIEW
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“Gorgeous - loved it!”
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
When I started this book I wasn't sure what to expect... short stories, linked short stories, a novel... it's actually perhaps all of these.
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“A fantastic collection of YA romance stories with great representation!”
Thank you to the publishers for an advance copy of this book.
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