Love Is a Revolution | A Review

Hiya!! I’m back with another review. I actually assumed I posted this one, but I guess I forgot to. Nevertheless I am here with a review of the lovely novel; Love Is a Revolution by Rennee Watson! This was actually a buddy read with the (awesome) April @ Booked Till Midnight . Alrighty, let’s get into it!

Love Is a Revolution : Watson, Renée: Books

(Synopsis from GoodReads)

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.

Love Is a Revolution is a timeless coming of age that you won’t want to miss this year!

The initial premise of the book immediately intrigued me as stories regarding self-love aren’t very common in fiction. Unfortunately though, the message of loving oneself was too obvious for me. I usually like to look for a deeper meaning, but in this case, I was already presented with the message. 

“I can’t stand when people don’t follow through. Make a plan, stick to it. Say what you mean and mean what you say.”
― Renée Watson, Love Is a Revolution

In addition, the characters weren’t very likable. While I can appreciate the different relationship dynamics the main character Nala has with others, she wasn’t a very kind person. She’s closeminded, and constantly lies to her crush in order to impress him. However, she never truly accepts that what she did was wrong. Furthermore, there was a lot of girl-on-girl hate, which I am not fond of. On a better note, I adored Tye, Nala’s crush. He was extremely likable and added a real spark to the book. 

Luckily, I adored the dialogue in Love Is A Revolution. It was the right amount sparky and heartfelt. 

“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.”
― Renée Watson, Love Is a Revolution

I was very conflicted when it came to the writing. It was done very nicely. At times it was beautifully poetic! Other times though, it was too simple. This unfortunately made the moral of the story seem blunt and on-the-nose. 

Overall, I enjoyed my time with Love Is A Revolution. While it didn’t exceed my expectations, I can definitely appreciate its message. If you’re looking for a book on self-love, then this is definitely the book for you!

Age Rating: 13 and up

Trigger Warnings: Lying

Overall Rating: 6.5/10 or 3.25 out of 5 stars


Have you read a book with self-love themes? Have a fabulous day!

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  1. This was on my radar but I’d seen a few comments in other reviews about the protagonist being fairly unlikeable and mean and I decided that it wouldn’t be for me. I do like the quotes you shared though! Great review 🙂

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    1. I can definitely see how that’d be a deal breaker for you. I also dislike unlikable mcs. I’m glad you liked the quotes though! ❤


  2. jan @ thedoodlecrafter says:

    Ooh I haven’t read much books about self love! This one’s actually on my tbr, but I’d mostly forgotten about it so thanks for bringing this on my radar again! Lovely review 💜

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    1. Yay, I’m glad you like self love books too! While the book isn’t for everyone, it provides an insightful view on one’s journey to loving who you are. Thank you Jan! 😀

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  3. Diya says:

    Oooo HOW GORGEOUS IS THAT COVER???!😍❤ I’ll be looking forward to this! Lovely review💖

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    1. Yes!! It’s stunning! And thank you Diya ❤


  4. Anoushka says:

    Ahh I’m so sorry it didn’t live up to your expectations! But the quotes that you shared are so good, I really look forward to read the novel! Amazing review!

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    1. thank you! Yeah, it sucks that I didn’t love it. but the quotes were sooo good. I hope you love it! ❤

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  5. i love the first quote!

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  6. The quotes are so lovely! I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one though, hope your next read is better💜

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    1. i know right, they’re stunning quotes! Thank you though, I wish I loved it more. ❤

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  7. Suhani says:

    ahh this looks like a fun read! hoping to pick it up soon!!

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    1. yay!! I hope you adore it ❤

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  8. Karla says:

    Wonderful post!! This has been on my radar for a while and I really liked your review so I can manage my expectations while still enjoying the book. Thank you!

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    1. thank you so much karla! i’m glad my review was helpful 😀 let me know what you think if you read the book!


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