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WHITEOUT by Dhonielle Clayton


by Dhonielle Clayton , Tiffany D. Jackson , Nic Stone , Angie Thomas , Ashley Woodfolk & Nicola Yoon

Pub Date: Nov. 8th, 2022
ISBN: 978-0-06-308814-6
Publisher: Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins

The authors of Blackout (2021) return with a new collaboration.

YA stars Clayton, Jackson, Stone, Thomas, Woodfolk, and Yoon’s second novel covers the same theme—Black teens falling in love—with two big differences. This story is set not during a sweltering New York City summer but a historic winter storm in Atlanta, and rather than each author’s penning a separate chapter focused on one couple, they all worked together on the snowy romance. The authors’ note explains why they decided to take on this challenge, with intriguing clues pointing to which author wrote which characters. The characters are all well written and perfectly flawed as they navigate the complexities of love. After conducting experiments on the biochemistry of teenage love for her AP Chemistry project, Stevie posits that love is simply a biological response built into human brains for the survival of our species. Her girlfriend, Sola, feels angry and hurt, and when Stevie is pedantic and arrogant, ruining their coming-out dinner with her Nigerian family, Sola gives Stevie an ultimatum: Stevie must explain what happened at dinner and show Sola that she feels something for her and believe in love—or it’s over. With the help of her friends, Stevie hopes the perfect romantic gesture can win Sola back. The scheme is a fun adventure, bringing various couples together. Each relationship has friendship at its foundation, and the different journeys result in something of interest for every reader.

Another success.

(Fiction. 14-18)