LOVE IS A REVOLUTION BY Renée WATSON
Genre: YA, Coming Of Age, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Rating: 3.90 stars (goodreads)
Summary: From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Rene Watson comes a new YA–a love story about not only a romantic relationship but how a girl finds herself and falls in love with who she really is.
When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani’s birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, the MC. He’s perfect, except . . . Tye is an activist and is spending the summer putting on events for the community when Nala would rather watch movies and try out the new seasonal flavors at the local creamery. In order to impress Tye, Nala tells a few tiny lies to have enough in common with him. As they spend more time together, sharing more of themselves, some of those lies get harder to keep up. As Nala falls deeper into keeping up her lies and into 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 attention of the hot guys, the popular girl clique is not shallow but has strong convictions and substance, and the ultimate love story is not only about romance but about how to show radical love to the people in your life, including to yourself.
Nala and her cousin-sister-friend friendship has been falling apart since her cousin Imani started participating in a group of people who want to bring a change to the neighborhood. Nala feels like she is losing her best friend. Then one day at one of the events the group does she meets Tye, a new member of her cousin’s group, and she falls for him that very moment. Tye seems to be into her too but when they talk she lies and as they keep getting closer her lies become even bigger as she finds herself falling even more for him.
This was a book that touched me very deeply, like When You Were Everything (review here) on the topic of losing a friend or feeling like it. Nala lives at her cousin’s because she has problems with her mom and now that her cousin-sister-friend started spending time with others she feels like they are no longer a “We”. The way it is presented in the book felt very real to me, and it made me hurt for Nala a lot.
The main topics of the book are losing friends, trying to find yourself, lying and finding your self-love and worth. And i think the author, Renée, did a great job at showing how we feel with these kind of topics in real life.
The book make a point of showing us the way Nala is feeling at every moment, she makes lists with stuff she cares about, stuff she loves, stuff she misses and they can resonate with everyone whom ever happened to live something like it.
We see the struggle Nala is in, lying, trying to fit in a place she doesn’t really want to. She tries to be someone she is not just to make a boy like her. Which will bring her a ton of trouble along the way, she’ll find herself lying to the boy so much, it just hurts to watch.
I really enjoyed the way the book was written, it never felt like the author was dragging the story because she didn’t know how to get from A to B. The book is consistent on its pace and it’s very engaging. There wasn’t a dull moment. I read it in 2 seats.
I think the author gave great message with this book, how you can be yourself and be enough, you don’t need to try and be someone else for anybody to like you. The fact that the main character wasn’t the perfect and unique snowflake we get in many YA books was very refreshing and wonderful, she was a big girl who accepted herself for how she looked but she had a problem with how she was seeing from the inside. Because yeah, we may accept part of ourselves but not all out it.
I loved the old people in the book, Nala’s grandama and her friends, they taught Nala so much.
As for the people in Imani’s group, not all of them were always nice, which also shows that trying to do nice things doesn’t always mean you are a good person.
I love how the book develops and all that it shows. I think that the fact that the most important topic on the book is self love and acceptance is a great message to give.
Love is a Revolution is an outstanding book showng not everything is always as it seems, and how important we are to ourselves before we are important to others.
I recommend this book to everyone, really. I give this book 4.5 stars rounding up to 5 in goodreads.
A great read, if you ask me.
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