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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,717 ratings  ·  382 reviews
Perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Nicola Yoon comes a novel about first love and family secrets from Stonewall Book Award winner Brandy Colbert.

Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she's on track to finish high sc
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Mehreen Birdie's sister is a lesbian and her aunt is bi...completely forgot, her best friend, Laz, is gay, as is Laz's father, but he's not in the book. Sorry…moreBirdie's sister is a lesbian and her aunt is bi...completely forgot, her best friend, Laz, is gay, as is Laz's father, but he's not in the book. Sorry had to look up what ace rep was but Mitchell, Birdie's ex, believes he's asexual.(less)

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so raw and real and nuanced and sex positive and I loved it so damn much. Brandy Colbert is a master when it comes to writing hard-hitting, realistic YA and I am forever in awe of her. Read this book!!!!

TW: addiction
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Books like these are why I don't five star everything I read just because the author "tried." It skews the whole rating system and undervalues the work of truly brilliant authors who aren't afraid to be edgy, messy, and real, which is part of the reason I loved THE REVOLUTION OF BIRDIE RANDOLPH so much.

Dove is a "good girl" with strict parents, but there are secrets she's keeping that even her parents don't know about. She's dating a "ba
C.G. Drews
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay this whole story was really very sweet. In amongst a turmoil of angsty family drama, the butterflies of finding your first love, and the stress of having super strict parents. I also listened to the audio and really liked the narrator! Plus the book just had this fantastic pace and was so easy to listen finished too soon 😂

little list of things to love 🥰
➢ lots of Black joy as Dove falls in love and follows her heart
➢ really nice secondary character queer rep! (Dove's best friend, Laz
Katie B
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished this a few days ago and the more I think about this book, the more I appreciate all of the things the author managed to do with the story. At first it seems like a fairly simple story but in reality there's a lot going on here.

Sixteen-year-old Dove "Birdie" Randolph has always tried to live up to her parents' expectations. She studies hard and gets good grades and follows the rules they have set in place for her. Well kinda. Even though her parents insist they meet any boy she wants
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 ¾ stars

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph is a wholesome and thoughtful YA coming-of-age. Within the first chapter I was invested in Dove and her story. There was something so tender about her sensible yet sensitive narration that made me immediately care for her.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph follows sixteen-year-old Dove, also knows as Birdie, who is devoted to her studies, used to obey her parents' strict rules...that is until she starts seeing Booker. Knowing that her parents would disa
Vicky Again
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the depiction of strict parents was wayyy too accurate. bus volume? astronomical

I like all of Colbert's books, but I think this is the one that would appeal to a mainstream audience the most, mostly because it deals much less with sensitive topics than her other books. doesn't mean that it's better or worse, just that if you didn't like her books in the past, you might still like BIRDIE! big reveals, lots of family issues, and a touch of romance. very well paced.

Content Warnings: (view spoiler)
Drew's ambitious reading
This was really good contemporary novel! Lots of hard topic to listen to! But I enjoyed this one and can't wait to read more from Brandy Colbert!(: ...more
Yesenia Cash
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was good, I appreciated the subtleties of the messages delivered in this book!
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my second favorite Brandy Colbert book after Pointe! I didn’t expect to like this so much or to stay up reading the whole thing, but it was so readable and almost comforting in that way that I didn’t want to stop. I love that everyone was basically black and queer. The love interest reminded me of the love interest from my book, which is fun. I also saw myself and my family in a lot of this, like having an alcoholic family member/parent, a divorce that happens bc one parent is gay, being ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Dove’s mother has the rest of high school mapped out for her: SAT prep courses, parties with only parental supervision, and no more soccer. Dove works hard to be a good daughter, but when she gets closer to a new boy, Booker, and to her estranged aunt Carlene she begins to long for her freedom and be treated more like an adult. This coming of age story also brings up old family secrets that change Dove’s perspective. I enjoyed how real the characters felt, the diversity in the book, and that the ...more
Brandy Colbert stays very, very, very good at what she does.
I don't think Brandy Colbert needs a comparison to stand out, as she's proven herself a voice in YA. But the ARC compares her to Nicola Yoon and Nina LaCour and I'd absolutely agree: this is a quieter book (a la Nina LaCour) that takes on family and relationships in realistic teen ways (both LaCour and Yoon!). The romance in this one definitely has the Yoon effect to it.

This is a book about following the rules and breaking them, but even more than that, it's a book about the family we're born i
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap, 2019
4.5 - A great YA contemporary about family, relationships, and the impact that addiction can have on a family. I loved how sex-positive this book was, it was also great to see how much queer & ace rep there was within the side characters. The story has some twists and dramatic moments, but it always feels believable and doesn’t get into the territory of melodrama. I’d definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a nice YA with romance in addition to some more serious topics.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard, trying to please her parents. Then, she falls for Booker, a classmate and friend of Laz, her best friend and the son of her mother's partner in their Chicago hair salon. Booker lost his temper once, following the death of his mother, badly beating his football coach so spent time in juvenile detention. Dove can't tell her parents, but along comes her cool Aunt Carlene, who is dealing with her own disease, substance abuse, who she learns to trust. Dove gets in o ...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
Have you ever read a book that immediately transports you back to your teenage, awkward self? This was that book for me, and what made it even better was the fact that this story was about black characters and black culture, which is something that I didn’t get to read a lot of when I was younger.

16-year-old Dove ‘Birdie’ Randolph has always strived to live up to the expectations that her parents have set for her. With her big sister Mimi studying pre-med in college, Birdie is expected to follow
Kayla Brunson
This was my first book by Brandy Colbert and I was excited to start it. This covers some serious topics and also has quite a bit of diversity. However, what kept me from really loving this book were the characters and the lack of plot.

This book just follows along with Birdie’s everyday life while she manages love, family, and finding out about herself. For the most part, I did like Birdie. She came off as an average teenager. Really naïve, but still an average teenager.

I can’t say that I connec
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
4.5 stars!

I finished this book last night and I’m still a bit stunned! The Revolution of Birdie Randolph is such a quietly beautiful and powerful story, written with a level of finesse and nuance that is frankly quite enviable for those of us with writing aspirations.

Birdie is an interesting, relatable character! She’s the kind of person you can see yourself as — or that you’d want to be friends with. And this is HER story. The title has it exactly right - this story is about a revolution, but i
Sharon :)
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blm
This needs a movie such a good book!!!
☼ rachel ☼ (artistically reading)
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"With a name like Dove, you got to fly."

This story follows sixteen-year-old Dove "Birdie" Randolph, who strives to be the perfect daughter for her parents. She studies hard, gets good grades, and always follows the rules. However, she meets and falls for this boy named Booker who she keeps a secret, knowing her parents won't approve of their relationship due to his troubled past.

Birdie's estranged aunt, Carlene, shows up one day after just getti
I want to start this review by clarifying that a 3 star rating does not mean this was a bad book by any means. I really enjoyed listening to this on audio. I liked the characters, the secrets, and the flawed reality of Birdie's life. I enjoyed the diverse representation, and I enjoyed the discussion about addiction and how it affects people's lives.

This wasn't a life changing novel, but it was enjoyable. I think others will enjoy it too, especially if you like contemporary stories.
Erin Kelly
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let’s be honest. Brandy Colbert can do no wrong.
Richelle Robinson
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading a full length novel by Brandy Colbert and I am truly impressed with her writing. I have read short stories in anthologies by this author which I enjoyed but this book was next level. We are introduced to Dove aka Birdie who is struggling with being the perfect daughter but also wants to enjoy being a teen. While reading I would think back on my teenage days. How you want to please your parents and do as they say but you also want to do things your own way and make m ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colbert's got a LOT going on in this one, but it works. Dove (Birdie) bucks her parents' extreme pressure and high expectations to pursue a forbidden love as well as relationship with her estranged Aunt, who has a long history of addiction. While in the midst of discovering who she is and who she wants to become, Birdie stumbles across a long-hidden family secret that threatens to tear everyone apart. Kudos to Brandy Colbert, who kept my eyes glued to these pages like Elmer's to a Kindergartner' ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. For me it was the book that I wanted when I was a teenager. A coming of age novel about a young black girl in today’s world. The story touches on so many things but none of them overshadow the main story. I definitely recommend it. 🙂
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: need-to-own, library
Thoughts to come.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty average YA contemporary. Some good themes of adolescence and coming of age, just nothing exceptional. Looking forward to Brandy Colbert's next release! ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brandy always seems to write the important social issues and considering the recent win against J&J for their role in the opioid crisis, a book about the impacts of substance use disorders seems relevant. Birdie jumped right off the page and into my heart, as I am sure she will yours!
Eva B.
I really liked this!! I was spoiled for the ending, but that just made me more in-tune to the clues. Dove and Booker were so cute together, and I loved all of the different characters in it!
The Nerd Daily
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn Mitchell

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph is a coming-of-age story about a sixteen-year-old girl who experiences a lot of changes in one summer and it deals with family, secrets, first loves, and addiction. Dove was the youngest of two girls. Her mother ran a hair salon and her father was a team physician for a professional basketball team. She had everything she could want and her parents had very high expectations for her and her older si
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This author really knows what she is doing! I’ve loved everything that she has written and this novel is definitely not any different. This novel is about our main character named Birdie who is trying to find out who she is in life. We watch Birdie go through some heartbreaking times and some absolutely fun rides through the teenage life. The ending really shocked me but, it made the book even better. As always her writing is beautiful and I feel like I’m right there with each of her main charac ...more
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Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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