Blackout | Sticky Note Reviews

Last summer we spent a lot of time with the power out. This is a thing that really sucks when you live in the desert. No power + two story house + southwestern New Mexico summer = very cranky family.

I read Blackout and thought, well, they seem to be making it a whole lot better than we did when the power was out. I don’t think we would have walked anywhere. Not even to the mailbox.

Black kids, blackout, and young love.

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 sparks… A first meeting. Long-time friends. Bitter exes. 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. Beloved authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashely Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—celebrate the beauty of six couples and the unforgettable magic that can be found on a sweltering starry night in the city.

Publisher’s summary.

Did you read that synopsis? How could I possibly say no?

Actually, I had this on hold for a while, suspended the hold for a while, and I’m just now coming back to it. I may have been sleeping on this one, but at least I wasn’t sleeping for as long as I have on some other books.

I am a bit of a romantic, but I tend to find short story collections daunting. This one was not, and as soon as I figured out that the stories were linked together (I didn’t read the synopsis first) I was all in.

And the sticky note says…

Blackout is a powerhouse collection of stories by a powerhouse a group of authors set when the power goes out in NYC.

I loved how the stories were all interconnected-which always left me wanting more of what ever characters I’d left.

If you are in the market for stories centered around Black love and joy and not death, Blackout comes highly recommended.

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