ARC Review: Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson

*I was given an arc of Love is a Revolution in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Bloomsbury publishing and Renée Watson* 

Love Is A Revolution is a book about every form of love from friends, family, partners and most importantly yourself. 


Following Nala who after attending an open mic put on by activist teens in her area, finds herself falling for Tye Brown. Tye is a member of the activist group; Inspire Harlem. In order to impress Tye, Nala changes parts of herself to fit what she thinks is Tye’s ideal girl. Being vegetarian and participating in frequent charity work. As the pair grow closer over time it becomes more and more difficult for Nala to keep up the lies. 

Although this book does focus quite heavily on the romance side of love it also focuses on family. Nala’s cousin Imani is also in Inspire Harlem and is a huge activist. She often tries to push her eco-friendly agenda onto Nala and has more than once tried to get her to join Inspire Harlem. This is an important relationship that is explored throughout the book as since they were 13, Nala and Imani have been living together so they are more like sisters. 

Not just focusing on romantic love, Love Is A Revolution is a book about familial love and self-growth. 


This was a very quick read for me, and I finished the entire book in just two sittings. The writing style was nice and simple and I would definitely say that this is more of a teen read. It does have important lessons that everyone can learn something from, however, most of the issues are very much teen related. 

As someone who is not too far out of their teens, I really enjoyed this. However, I would say that an older reader may not be as interested. 

There is an insta-love aspect to this which I’m not sure a lot of people will enjoy. But it is YA so I didn’t mind it too much. One part I didn’t like was the fact that there was also a part where Tye and Nala got into a tiny fight (over a water bottle believe it or not) and they were instantly like ‘I’m not talking to you until you apologise’. I know they are quite young characters but this felt very juvenile for me. Especially when they were hardly dating. 

At times I found Nala’s views to be a little ridiculous i.e the water bottle fight. That whole scene came across as very bratty on Nala’s part. Obviously, I understand why she acted how she did, but it was a bit too much considering they were in public and it was honestly a really thoughtful gift. 

With that being said I enjoyed the development arc that Nala went through and it did make me like her character a lot more. However, she was the only character with any type of development. There was definitely an issue with an overriding plot and the majority of this book felt like several subplots joined together. 

I will say that this was something that made it a very easy story to read. There was still tonnes of drama and enough interesting characters that I flew through the book. I’d more than recommend Love Is A Revolution to anyone who is looking for a book similar to To All The Boys I Loved Before.

Check out Love Is a revolution when it is published on february 4th!


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