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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Love Is a Revolution by Renée Watson, read by Renée Watson.

From New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Renée Watson comes 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.

©2021 Renée Watson (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"One of the most radical things a Black girl can do is know that she is both worthy of love and deserving of joy. In Love Is a Revolution, Watson takes us on Nala's journey to claim her right to decide who she wants to be in a world that so often tries to fit Black girls into metaphorical boxes. It is deftly crafted, big-hearted, beautiful, funny, honest, and inspiring." (Nicola Yoon, award-winning and number one New York Times best-selling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star)

"An absolutely stunning novel. Renée Watson does not miss." (Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of The Poet X)

"Reading a Renée Watson novel is like having an intimate conversation with a friend (or, in this case, a cousin-sister-friend). Love Is a Revolution is a powerful look at a young Black girl’s journey to self-acceptance in all facets of her life, and a beautiful example of how communities become family." (Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of The Voting Booth

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Self Love is the Revolution

I loved listening to Nala’s story. It was an honest (even though she wasn’t) telling of the experience many young black people have when grappling with identities and pressures of fighting for many just causes without sacrificing yourself or burning out.
I especially loved the relationship with Nala and Imani, her cousin-sister friend, and actually mirrors my own experience and I’m sure many others who face comparison with someone close to you that you love and respect so much.
Renee’s narration was beautiful and I love her cadence, especially when reading the lyrics of songs I wish were real, and poetry that was so uplifting.
This novel made me feel so good, and it left me aching for more, more discussion on the climate crisis, more loving between Ty and Nala, more tension between Nala and her own mother, just more in general.
This was a lovely addition to my collection, and will be listening to it over and over again. ❤️