Love is a revolution

by Watson, ReneĢe,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Summary

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Watson's unforgettable new novel contains a heart-warming love story about a girl who has to learn to love herself first before she can find true love with another. Fun-spirited Nala Robertson attends an open mic night for her cousin's birthday and meets Tye Brown. Tye would be the perfect beau except he is too serious about everything. He's an activist intent on spending the summer entrenched in one community outreach project after another, and Nala just wants to binge movies and yummy ice cream. Tye and Nala couldn't be more different, so, to impress Tye, Nala lies about her interests and claims she's a hardcore activist too. However, when the lies start to pile up and the truth gets increasingly harder to hide, Nala is forced to confront who she really is. Only by looking at herself honestly and embracing her true self can Nala hope to keep the love she's found with Tye. Watson's story is a delightful, joyous coming-of-age tale that features dynamic characters and a sweet romance, and it doesn't shy away from weighty social and political topics, all the while spinning the magic of Black Girl Joy."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Through the misadventures of Black 17-year-old Nala Robertson, Watson (Ways to Make Sunshine) pens a love letter to community, family, and self-love. Tired of being compared to her overachieving "cousin-sister-friend" Imani, Nala, who is plus-size, just wants to be loved. But when Nala meets Tye at a function for Inspire Harlem--a community service organization where Tye and Imani are members--Nala fears Tye won't like her if she acts like herself. So she lies, getting her close enough to her dream boy that sparks fly. But the more time Nala spends with Tye, the more she wants him to love her for who she really is--just as soon as she figures out what that looks like. Watson excels at creating well-meaning teen characters laboring under peer pressure and parental expectations. Interspersed with Nala's heartfelt lists for living and resonant song lyrics by her favorite fictional musician, the messy complexity of Nala's internal life, including her deception and judgement of others, makes for a read that's simultaneously relatable and frustrating. While Nala's unwillingness to be authentic makes her relationship a hard sell, Nala herself has the makings of an appreciably flawed character blazing her own distinctive path, however many mistakes that takes. Ages 13--up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Love -- Juvenile fiction.
Dating (Social customs) -- Juvenile fiction.
Jamaican Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Overweight teenagers -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Juvenile fiction.
Social action -- Juvenile fiction.
Love -- Fiction.
Dating -- Fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Fiction.
Social action -- Fiction.
Jamaican Americans -- Fiction.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION -- Social Themes -- Prejudice & Racism.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION -- Coming of Age.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Publisher New York :Bloomsbury,2022
Edition Paperback edition.
Audience Ages 13+.
Grades 7-9.
Language English
Awards Iowa Teen Award book 2022/23.
Description 290 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781547608621
1547608625
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