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Publisher's Summary

A Go On Girl! Book Club Pick

Six critically acclaimed, best-selling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teens in love to this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming novel that shines a bright light through the dark. This full-cast audio edition is performed by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Dion Graham, Imani Parks, Jordan Cobb, Shayna Small, A.J Beckles, and Audible Hall-of-Famer Bahni Turpin.

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, 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.

©2021 Respective authors of all stories within (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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This book makes you want more. I want to know how everyone’s life will turn out. I am so invested in these characters. Wonderful Book and I loved all all of the performances!

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so CUTE

super cute! I loved all the stories and appreciated the show of blk queer love. a perfect summer listen. stories are easy to follow but still hit right in the feels and I like how as you hear each story you get a glimpse of a character that was previously mentioned.

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Liked it.

I didn't know it was mini stories until I already started the book. I've how everything tied together though. Good read.

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Excellent!

Can’t wait to share it with my daughter!
Great story for high school students. I liked the way all of the segments where woven together into one story.

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Great story, great narration

What a gem. I was wary to get an audiobook version of an anthology but this book has the all the top dogs in the game whose performances are stellar. The plot, which is made of a series of intersecting short stories, is solid, though it did feel like it ended a bit abruptly. I would've liked to return to some characters a second time at the end.

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thoughts on book

this was a great. the collective stories tied into one another greatly. the characters we nicely developed. the narrativation was well.

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An easy listen

I liked the short stories and their interconnection. They are short stories but I wanted more. The performances were great.

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Mint chocolate ice cream on a hot summer’s eve

Delightful six pack of romance novellas mixed Love Actually style, with some stories connecting briefly through shared characters and others just sharing the same blackout moment in time. The format inserts 5 novellas between each Act of novella No 1, but it’s fairly easy to differentiate the stories given the unique narrators. This is violence free, contains just a couple of F bombs and has nothing more than kisses before fading to black.

New York, black/brown culture, and LGBTQ themes are woven into the novellas with varying success. Would a stranger really ask about a potential love interest with “is it a girl, a boy, or a non-binary person”? Do folks really talk like that?

I was only disappointed in one novella (All the Great Love Stories … and Dust), which seemed to be trying way too hard, but ended up stuck in cliches and an annoying bit repeating “footnote: the truth is…”
On the other hand, I loved novella 2 (Mask Off) and was amazed that such a tight, effortlessly woke story could unfold in a mere hour. I also appreciated that the romantic conflict stayed on the sweet, rather than angsty side. All in all, well worth the daily deal price.

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Love the connections!!

I really enjoyed how the stories connected the characters. Keep my attention the entire time.

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Absolutely brilliant

The stories being told are from different perspectives during the same event in New York city. I love how all of these beautiful stories have been written eloquently and distinctively by all these AMAZING authors. Amazing job working together during these trying times of the world pandemic.

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