A BLACK GIRLS LIT BOOK REVIEW:
Blackout by Dhionelle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
Blackout is a beautiful collaboration project from six of YA’s best authors: Dhionelle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon. Split into six different stories, on one of the hottest days of the year a blackout in New York serves as the perfect setting for several blossoming romances.
As someone who does not read short stories very often nor the romance genre at all, this book definitely took me out of my comfort zone, however I was pleasantly surprised that I was really invested in each story and was eager to find out what would become of the love stories for each character and find out when the blackout would end. Before reading this collection, I had never read anything by Clayton, Woodfolk or Yoon so this was the perfect introduction into their writing for me. I was a bit worried how I would enjoy this but overall my reading experience went very well!
It was a wonder how these six authors were able to work together to make these stories intertwine so well and so cohesively with one another; you can tell just by how effortlessly the stories flowed together that they had fun writing this together and that they fully supported each other while working on this book. I was a huge fan of Tiffany’s story (I liked how her story was broken up into chapters throughout the book and took place during the course of the entire day) and Ashley’s story (the old people were so sweet and hilarious and it’s amazing how she she managed to make the characters seem so fully fleshed out in such a short amount of pages) but my absolute favorite one had to be Dhionelle’s because of the beautiful New York Public Library setting and because it reminded me of how my relationship with my boyfriend began (I guess that makes me a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope now lol).
The representation in this alone should convince you to want to read this book because Black kids deserve to be depicted in a nonsterotypcial way and given the opportunity to see themselves as the main interest in love stories. And it’s truly amazing to see these six powerful Black women come together to change the game!
Rating: 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯/5 (4 lit candles out of 5 because “even love stories can glow when the lights go out.”)
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