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Love Is a Revolution



by
Renée Watson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint
Bloomsbury USA
ISBN
9781547600601
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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JLG Category

PG High Plus

Award-winner Renée Watson’s love story about not only a relationship but how a girl finds and falls in love with who she really is.

When Nala Robertson attends an open mic night for her cousin Imani’s birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, an activist who is spending the summer putting on events for the community. Nala would rather watch movies and try out new flavors at the local creamery. In order to impress Tye, Nala tells a few tiny lies to have more in common with him. When they spend time together, some of the lies get harder to keep up. But as Nala falls deeper into keeping up her lies and nto love, she’ll learn all the ways love is hard, and how self-love is revolutionary.

In Love Is a Revolution, plus size girls are beautiful and get the guys, the girl clique is not shallow but has convictions, and the ultimate love story is showing radical love to the people in your life, including to yourself.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Romance, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Love. Dating (social customs). Self-acceptance. Social action. Jamaican Americans. Harlem. New York City. Black people. Activists and activism. Grandmothers. Family life. Coming of age. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–Nala Robertson has a three-pronged plan for the summer before her senior year. One—Find a new hairstyle. Two—Spend time with her cousin and best friend, Imani. Three—Find love. When she attends a talent show hosted by the community group that her cousin is involved in and meets the beautiful Tye Brown, it seems like Nala’s summer is shaping up the way she intended. Who cares if she tells a few white lies to get the civically minded Tye to think more highly of her? But as the summer progresses and Nala’s relationship with Tye deepens, she feels her cousin pulling away from her and starts to wonder how long she can keep up the ruse. This book explores many different forms of love: family, romantic, and self-love. Will Nala find the courage to love herself? The protagonist’s subtle humor pulls readers in, and while she occasionally muses on what it might be like to be wanted by others, she never wallows in self-pity. Notably, Nala’s self-image issues are not physical. She’s big and beautiful and comfortable in her body. Instead, her concern lies with her accomplishments, or what she perceives as a lack thereof. The cast of Black characters shines; each character is well-developed and relatable, even when they’re not particularly likable. VERDICT In a time where books about teen activists, including Watson’s own Watch Us Rise, are plentiful and teens try to make the world a better place, this title sends the necessary message that sometimes it’s okay if the person you save is yourself.–Mimi Powell, Lib. Systs. and Svcs., Kissimmee, FL

Horn Book

All Nala has on her summer agenda is to pick a new hairstyle, spend time with her “cousin-sister-friend” Imani, and find love. Nala is not very inspired by Imani’s activism or her activist friends, finding them pretentious—that is, until she meets Tye, a new member of Imani’s Inspire Harlem group, with whom she has an instant connection. Nala tells a few little white lies about her own activism and volunteerism to help stoke the embers of attraction, but soon finds that being anyone other than your truest self makes real intimacy difficult. With her carefully created masquerade revealed, Nala is challenged to expand her definition of love. Watson (Piecing Me Together, rev. 7/17) offers a rom-com that is as much an ode to New York, especially Harlem, as it is to Black love. As Nala soon finds out, love is more than romantic relationships, and extends to her family (she lives with her aunt’s family due to a strained relationship with her mother), friends, and community, and most of all, to herself. A rare “fat” protagonist, Nala is “not down with the Say-It-Loud-I’m-Fat-and-I’m-Proud movement” but grows to embrace her body. Watson’s deft ability to write characters that are relatable yet flawed offers readers a nuanced, non-saccharine love story. MONIQUE HARRIS

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–Nala Robertson has a three-pronged plan for the summer before her senior year. One—Find a new hairstyle. Two—Spend time with her cousin and best friend, Imani. Three—Find love. When she attends a talent show hosted by the community group that her cousin is involved in and meets the beautiful Tye Brown, it seems like Nala’s summer is shaping up the way she intended. Who cares if she tells a few white lies to get the civically minded Tye to think more highly of her? But as the summer progresses and Nala’s relationship with Tye deepens, she feels her cousin pulling away from her and starts to wonder how long she can keep up the ruse. This book explores many different forms of love: family, romantic, and self-love. Will Nala find the courage to love herself? The protagonist’s subtle humor pulls readers in, and while she occasionally muses on what it might be like to be wanted by others, she never wallows in self-pity. Notably, Nala’s self-image issues are not physical. She’s big and beautiful and comfortable in her body. Instead, her concern lies with her accomplishments, or what she perceives as a lack thereof. The cast of Black characters shines; each character is well-developed and relatable, even when they’re not particularly likable. VERDICT In a time where books about teen activists, including Watson’s own Watch Us Rise, are plentiful and teens try to make the world a better place, this title sends the necessary message that sometimes it’s okay if the person you save is yourself.–Mimi Powell, Lib. Systs. and Svcs., Kissimmee, FL

Horn Book

All Nala has on her summer agenda is to pick a new hairstyle, spend time with her “cousin-sister-friend” Imani, and find love. Nala is not very inspired by Imani’s activism or her activist friends, finding them pretentious—that is, until she meets Tye, a new member of Imani’s Inspire Harlem group, with whom she has an instant connection. Nala tells a few little white lies about her own activism and volunteerism to help stoke the embers of attraction, but soon finds that being anyone other than your truest self makes real intimacy difficult. With her carefully created masquerade revealed, Nala is challenged to expand her definition of love. Watson (Piecing Me Together, rev. 7/17) offers a rom-com that is as much an ode to New York, especially Harlem, as it is to Black love. As Nala soon finds out, love is more than romantic relationships, and extends to her family (she lives with her aunt’s family due to a strained relationship with her mother), friends, and community, and most of all, to herself. A rare “fat” protagonist, Nala is “not down with the Say-It-Loud-I’m-Fat-and-I’m-Proud movement” but grows to embrace her body. Watson’s deft ability to write characters that are relatable yet flawed offers readers a nuanced, non-saccharine love story. MONIQUE HARRIS

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