Love is a revolution – Book review

This is my first authentic book review, I think. Most of the time I just get a central theme that stood out for me and go along with that. Highlighting the book and talking about everything else.

‘Love is a Revolution’ by Renée Watson was my favourite read in the month of Feb. I thought this would be better than the massive What I’ve been reading but I’m still getting my footing. So I’ll probably play along with it some more. (And in case you are wondering, I read only 8 books this month. I’m going to blame the fact that I didn’t achieve my desired 10 on the month being as short as it is).

Now the book… Let’s get into it.

There are always the words we said and the words we wished we said when it comes to the people we love.

The book starts off with Nala, the main character, planning out her summer with three bullet points for what she hoped to achieve. It seems like she is off to a good start when that very night, the night of her cousin’s birthday, she finds her love interest. She thinks he is everything she is not because she met him as a part Inspire Harlem, a club her cousin is very involved with. And by her own mockery she believes is full of ‘woke’ students. Fitting in with their description, they have an opinion on everything; the music Nala listens to, how she dresses, how she spends her time, if she is helping the environment and all things ‘woke’ people do.

Clearly, Nala just wants some fun in the summer but she also really likes this boy, who tells her I think within their second casual hanging that he absolutely hates liars, and goes on telling lie after lie. And as we know with lies, the longer you go without telling the room. The messier it gets and also the more consuming it becomes.

But that’s not all she has to figure out. There’s the pending college letter she should write and her own family dynamic. She doesn’t live with her mother and it seems increasingly that her cousin doesn’t want to be around her and it seems like she is using her grandmother and all the other seniors at the living center.

So clearly there is good plot. And it is a good story

I guess when you feel like you’re not good enough, the next best thing is trying to be like someone else

NARRATION & WRITING: The story is told entirely in first person from Nala’s POV. We get to see her thoughts and only her perspective which probably creates a bias. Nala’s head though is a good place to hang out. She infuses lists and songs to back up her opinions and that was fun to read. Especially the lists.

I think the writing stayed true to Nala’s age which was a relief from most of the books I had been reading that seemed to have teenagers preoccupied and doing very adult things. Nala was pleasantly a teenager looking for a good time and making mistakes.

Just write as if no one is going to read it. Write as if you’re telling yourself what you need to know

THE CHARACTERS: There are quite a number of side characters and I think justice is served to all those that dare to cross Nala’s very opinionated path. The writing has a way of making them feel present even when they are not.

RELATIONSHIPS: I mostly liked the one Nala shared with her grandmother. Truly, on the whole, I think the whole family dynamic was very well done. It felt like a story so close to any other family out there.

And the love interest; well on her part, is was apparently love at first sight. We get the obsession and planning and confessions and the growth. They took most opportunity to talk and asked that question, I grew to like, like a game. ‘Tell me something about you that I don’t know’.

All together, it’s a wonderful book. Pick it up if you haven’t yet.

There is no way I can be better for anyone else
if I’m not good to me

I hope your February has been Novelous and you got in some good reading. Feel free to leave your favourite reads of the month or any book recommendations in the comments below. I would love to read them.

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