Book Review: Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Angela Thomas, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk & Nicola Yoon

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

Published: December 5th 2022 by Electric Monkey
Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Genre: Young Adult // Contemporary Romance, Festive
Quick Thoughts: The personalities and beauty of each character shone through with every authors special and magic touch.

About The Book:

Atlanta is blanketed with snow just before Christmas, but the warmth of young love just might melt the ice in this novel of interwoven narratives, Black joy, and cozy, sparkling romance—by the same unbeatable team of authors who wrote the New York Times bestseller Blackout!

As the city grinds to a halt, twelve teens band together to help a friend pull off the most epic apology of her life. But will they be able to make it happen, in spite of the storm?

No one is prepared for this whiteout. But then, we can’t always prepare for the magical moments that change everything.

From the bestselling, award-winning, all-star authors who brought us Blackout—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—comes another novel of Black teen love, each relationship within as unique and sparkling as Southern snowflakes.

First Thoughts

Sometimes books get pushed down my TBR, one, because I’m a huge mood reader, and two, because I have so many stacked up that I lose track (insert ashamed emoji.) I bought Blackout before, maybe six months or so ago at Waterstones, but when I saw Whiteout and it was coming up to festive season . . . let’s just say it jumped the queue ahead of it’s predecessor! (But I’m looking at you, Blackout, and 2023 is your year!)

My Review

Stevie made a huge mistake. Overwhelmed, under pressure and not thinking clearly has meant losing the one person that means the most to her—Sola, Stevie’s hilarious, smart and heartfelt girlfriend. After starting as the best of friends, Stevie and Sola have been pretty much in love for years before they made the jump to something more (not that their friends were surprised!) Due to tell Sola’s family they’re together at her house goes completely awry when Stevie shows up out of her mind, offending everyone and spoiling the carefully crafted plan Sola had in mind. It doesn’t take long for things between them to sour, and before she knows it, Stevie loses the love of her life.

But when you’ve got friends and connections like Stevie, plans come together fast—except when a freak snowstorm grounds travel, flights and plans in Atlanta, it makes it that much harder to win her girlfriend back and deliver a powerful apology worth forgiveness. We join different POVs of Stevie and Sola’s friends—and themselves—as the snowfall and drama weaves into their lives, and how they’re each a part of the journey-filled event to get Stevie and Sola back together. From joyous (or not so much for Stevie) car rides for any festive tradition, musicians, aquariums, faux-UFO sightings and more, the band of friends truly show up for one another as they race against the clock to complete the mission. Only as they do, they’re finding that they’ll be able to fix more than just two hearts along the way.

Overall, I freaking LOVED Whiteout. The personalities and beauty of each character shone through with every authors special and magic touch. If I have to be honest, there was one reference to a slightly fatphobic line of text 46 pages in that I didn’t like as a plus-girl (the “does this make me look fat?” line is so old, it really wasn’t needed.) But I have looked over this due to the “whole picture” of the book and the good far outweighing that singular moment. Sometimes when you get a book like Whiteout with multiple POVs and authors it can get really confusing (and headache-y) but this one didn’t at all! In fact, it was so easy to slip into that I ended up reading it for hours without realising it was the middle of the night. It was like I was reading a movie (if that makes sense?!) and how gorgeous would this be on the big screen, you ask—it would kill it! I honestly can’t imagine a better read for my last “festive” book of the year. If you want the winter feels without overly Christmas vibes, with characters so down to earth, kind and funny, a plot bursting with romance, this is the book for you! Five glorious stars.

About The Authors

Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Angela Thomas, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk & Nicola Yoon are the critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors authors of Blackout and Whiteout.

You can find out about each individual author in detail here: Dhonielle ClaytonTiffany D. JacksonAngela ThomasNic StoneAshley WoodfolkNicola Yoon

Have you read Whiteout?

If you haven’t, don’t forget to add it to your TBR!

Let me know in the comments or on twitter @LittleMemoirs!

happy reading!

Becca x

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