“Each author tells a love story about teenagers – maybe a dozen young people in total. Their lives are loosely but seamlessly interlinked through brief appearances in each others’ stories. No doubt, the writers’ email trails, agreeing details of plots, characterisation and so on, would be fertile ground for future PhD Sherlocks. Tiffany D. Jackson’s ‘The Long Walk’ gives structure to the whole through 5 ‘Acts’, set between the other authors’ narratives. Jackson’s story reflects a sustained conversation between Tammi and her ex, Kareem, thrown together by chance on this extraordinary evening, four months after they had broken up. For them Blackout brings illumination and renewal as they make their way across the city to a party in Brooklyn where Kareem is scheduled to deejay.”
BfK 5-star review
‘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.
When a heatwave plunges New York City into darkness, sparks fly for thirteen teenagers caught up in the blackout.
A first meeting.
And maybe the beginning of something new…
When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendship transforms and new possibilities take flight.
Six of today’s biggest stars of the YA world, Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, bring all the electricity of love to a collection of charming, hilarious and heartbreaking tales that shine the brightest light through the dark.