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Love Is a Revolution

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Charming story of teen trying on new identities.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Charming coming of age

This book felt charming and true to life as it avoids some of the cliches you'd expect in a YA romance and veers more towards coming of age. It focuses on the evolving relationships in 17 year old Nala's life as she navigates the summer. It showcases Nala's changing relationship with her self, her family, her social world, and a romantic interest. She's a fully 3D character, with failings, strengths, agency, and her own point of view. I recommended it to my 13 year old. An 18 year old male who was listening to the audiobook in the car with me even showed interest! There's nothing objectionable here for a 12 year old, but my kids aren't interested in romance/coming of age stories yet at that age.

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This charming book is a good match for teens whose interests straddle the YA and middle grade worlds. Renée Watson's Love Is a Revolution places a girl with a young teen mentality into an older teen setting (activism, parties). Though the main character gets the boyfriend she wants, she's mostly preoccupied with her changing relationship with the cousin whose family she lives with, her difficult relationship with her mother after she left home, and absorbing the wisdom of her 80-something grandma.

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