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Love Is a Revolution, by Renée Watson

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lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


🍦🍦🍦 (three stars as rated in ice cream cones on a hot summer day in Harlem)

Nala has big plans for kicking back and enjoying her summer break. What those plans dont include is a lot of grueling volunteer work. That is until her cousin and BFF, Imani, invites her to an event hosted by Inspire Harlem; a local community service organization for teens. There, Nala meets Imani's friends including a very cute activist-in-training named Tye. Suddenly all of Nala's summer plans unravel and, in the hopes of winning over Tye, Nala decides to don a more service minded version of herself. She feigns vegetarianism and even invents a fake job helping out at her grandmother's care center. Maintaining this false persona is no easy task and quickly strains her relationship with Imani. After a summer of pretending, will there be anything left of the real Nala? And would Tye still be interested in her if he knew the truth?

I was really excited to get my hands on this book so close to the publication date. This is exactly the kind of book I wish I had read as a teen. So many important themes are explored; body positivity, Black joy, community involvement, self acceptance, and more. I appreciate everything that this book is and strives to be, particularly for young Black readers. I will say that the text reads a bit more like middle grade than young adult which is not what I was expecting. I enjoyed it well enough, regardless and, though, I probably wouldn't recommend it to many adults, it was a very solid middle-grade-style read.

"You two are family. Family. That alone ought to be enough for you to respect each other. You’re also two women. Black women. The most radical thing you can do is love yourself and each other.”

✨ Rep in this book: Fat rep, entirely Black cast of characters, own voices

✨ Content warnings for this book: absent parent, medical stuff

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