From the moment I heard about this premise — six amazing YA authors collaborating during lockdown to write a series of interconnected stories all set in a single night during a blackout in NYC, centered around Black Love and Black Joy — I started plotting to get my hands on this book as soon as possible! The stories are great, the characters and their respective love stories are authentic and adorable, and they flow together seamlessly. Switching from author to author isn't jarring at all and having one of the stories broken up into multiple acts, so that those characters and their journey serve as a continuous thread, really anchors the narrative and creates a sense of movement toward the final destination where everyone comes together in a sweet and satisfying conclusion (HEAs guaranteed). The only downside: you'll wish for more time with each of these couples (I definitely need a whole book about JJ and Tremaine!). Film adaptation already in the works, so dream cast as you read!— Nicole
“It’s HOT in the summer in NYC when there’s a blackout. A group of friends are two by two making their way across the city to a block party. And there’s love all around. Six award-winning authors worked together to create these loosely related stories. I highly recommend!”
— Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA
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.
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, Ashley 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.