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From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Renée 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...
From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Renée 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...
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  • From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Renée 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.

About the Author-

  • Renée Watson is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor Book, and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of Piecing Me Together, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, and Betty Before X, co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz, as well as two acclaimed picture books: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and Harlem's Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She is the founder of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts, and currently lives in New York City.
    www.reneewatson.net; @reneewauthor

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  • Booklist

    December 1, 2020
    Grades 9-12 *Starred 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.

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from December 1, 2020

    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

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    December 15, 2020
    A summer of lessons on love of all kinds, particularly self-love. It's the summer before senior year for Harlem resident Nala Robertson, a 17-year-old Black girl of Jamaican descent. Nala's list of things she wants to accomplish over the summer includes hanging out with her best friends, Imani and Sadie, and falling in love. Nala soon discovers that life does not always go according to plan. While some surprises may turn out better than she imagined--like the entrance of her new crush, Tye--some of life's twists have her questioning her dreams and herself, forcing her to face new and uncomfortable realities. Nala's world is made up of family and friends who are mainly strong, inspirational Black girls and women of varying sizes, complexions, and complexities. Nala's journey of self-love and acceptance comes with emotional bumps and bruises, and Watson's well-paced writing puts readers in Nala's shoes with a delivery that consistently feels like a warm hug, supported by a throughline of love. Touching on social issues like racism, environmentalism, and body positivity, this story will resonate with readers who have questioned who they are, tried to change themselves to fit in, or are seeking their own voices. A beautiful love story about finding one's way back to one's self. (Fiction. 13-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 4, 2021
    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.

  • Shelf Awareness, starred review 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.
  • Horn Book Magazine, starred review 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.
  • Nicola Yoon, award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR Renée Watson writes timeless fiction; Love Is A Revolution is more evidence of that indisputable fact. Nala's voice speaks to the heart's gentlest desires, and her journey is not just one readers will recognize, but one they've likely lived, or are currently living. Either way, Watson is a deft navigator who never loses her way.
  • Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Poet X Teen and tween readers questioning their own identities and places in the world should connect with Watson's meaningful social and environmental themes. . . . [A] warm and hopeful story.
  • Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of THE VOTING BOOTH Watson's deft ability to write characters that are relatable yet flawed offers readers a nuanced, non-saccharine love story.
  • Lamar Giles, author of NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE 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.
  • Booklist, starred review This story will resonate with readers who have questioned who they are, tried to change themselves to fit in, or are seeking their own voices. A beautiful love story about finding one's way back to one's self.
  • SLJ, starred review A love letter to community, family, and self-love. . . . Watson excels at creating well-meaning teen characters laboring under peer pressure and parental expectations.
  • Publishers Weekly This title sends the necessary message that sometimes it's okay if the person you save is yourself.
  • Kirkus Reviews Readers who have struggled with identifying who they are or who they're supposed to be, navigating evolving relationships or practicing "radical self-love" will find Love Is a Revolution to be an inspiring guide-not to mention a delightful read.
  • Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of SPEAK and SHOUT on WATCH US RISE This stunning book is the story I've been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power. I resolve to give a copy to every teenager I know!
  • Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling co-author of ALL AMERICAN BOYS and TRADITION on WATCH US RISE An extraordinary story of two indomitable spirits, the power of friendship, and what leadership looks like in the hands of young people today, Watch Us Rise is the novel we all need right now.
  • Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of DUMPLIN' on WATCH US RISE Timely, thought-provoking, and powerful. Watch Us Rise is an immediate young adult classic.
  • Caroline Kennedy, bestselling author and editor of SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY on WATCH US RISE Watch Us Rise is a source of inspiration on every page and a remarkable story of the power of young people to make a difference. And it's a great read.
  • Mahogany L. Browne, author of BLACK GIRL MAGIC and WOKE BABY on WATCH US RISE Read this today. Give it to the young person in your life. It is an instruction manual to freedom and love and voice. It is a triumphant example of how literary arts and poetry intersect in our everyday lives and fortify the marrow of our survival.
  • SLJ, starred review, on WATCH US RISE A highly needed work for the #MeToo movement. . . . Watson and Hagan do not disappoint in this powerful story of two girls who take a stand against injustice while learning how to navigate a world that seeks to silence them.
  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on WATCH US RISE A manifesto for budding feminists . . . An inspiring look at two strong-willed teens growing into even stronger young women ready to use their voices and take on the world
  • Marie Claire on WATCH US RISE This intersectional, layered novel . . . covers a wide breadth of topics—institutionalized racism, how we undermine young women, feminism in the modern age—with a clear message: Girls are going to come out on top.
  • Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of BROWN GIRL DREAMING on PIECING ME TOGETHER Timely and timeless, Pieci

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