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.
I can’t start this review off without highlighting how STUNNING this book cover! I think this has to be my most favourite book cover ever – Nala and Tye are so gorgeous!
Nala Robertson wants to fall in love this Summer and she wants it with activist, Tye Brown. The two have many differences, forcing Nala’s insecurities to shine through and become a girl she doesn’t even recognise. She lies her way in to Tye’s heart, worried that he won’t like her for her fun, meat-loving, plastic bottle water drinking self. However, we all know that once one lie has been told, more seem to follow and it becomes exceptionally hard to escape them.
I really loved the character of Nala – she is a young and beautiful, plus-sized black girl, trying to find her way through life and love. She makes lists for just about anything and everything, and doesn’t shy away from vulnerabilities. Whilst everybody else is out trying to save and conquer the world, Nala is out looking to have more lenient Summer filled with fun, love and family. I especially loved her because she was openly struggling with the changes going on throughout her life and that is something I have always struggled with myself. Plus, haven’t we all spoken a few white lies to impress someone?
Although Nala’s story focuses highly on finding love with her handsome and perfect, Tye Brown – the true message that Renee portrays, is self-love. Nala put everybody else before herself, tried to be someone she wasn’t and it concluded in her not knowing who she was or who she wanted to become. Love IS a revolution and once you realise that for yourself, you will start to love yourself and learn ways to love others the same way, at the same time, without losing a part of you along the way.
I also need to give a shout-out to the other additional elements featuring in this story; family and friendship. There was some extremely rocky moments between Nala and some of her family members, however there was also some really beautiful moments – Renee representing true family/friend dynamics perfectly, but all in all, they could conquer everything and anything put in front of them.