With a star studded cast of authors like this, how could you go wrong? Having really enjoyed Black Out, I knew I had to add Whiteout to my TBR. And if you love those “Love Actually” stye stories of intersecting characters and different love stories, you have to add this to your TBR. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
I love how the story of Stevie and Zola serve as a frame narrative for the other cascading stories of the other ten teens. In Whiteout, these twelve teens are all united not only by mutual connections, friends and family, but also all grappling with their own love stories. With heartbreak and silences, with tender new beginnings and olds flames re-ignited. Jumping between all these pieces which have to come together to help give Stevie a chance to win Zola back, White Out is captivating.
I became so swept away not only with this will-they-won’t-they with Stevie and Zola, but also with these smaller vignettes in between. There’s something for everyone: childhood crushes, second chances, coming out stories, and more. And throughout all these stories, in this magical setting of possibilities within derailed plans, you have to wonder if romance will win out. If faced with this fear of heartbreak and rejection, of losing control and being betrayed, if love can burn through the cold.
Listening to this audiobook was an immersive experience. These talented narrators Danielle Shemaiah, Nic Stone, Shayna Small, Bahni Turpin, Alaska Jackson, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Kevin R. Free, James Fouhey & Korey Jackson all combine to create an experience which solidifies each story in our mind but also the characters. There’s not only a different narrator for each of these stories, but also they sometimes appear in other narrations – like little Easter Eggs.
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Whiteout is an utter win. If you love interconnected stories, this is a must. But also if you love a story about possibility and whether there’s a chance for something more, against all odds, this is for you. Find Whiteout on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org, The Book Depository, Libro.fm & Google Play.