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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  835 ratings  ·  224 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
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
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book that truly surprised me. First, Brandy Colbert completely improved upon her previous release—Finding Yvonne—a book I did not care to finish. I enjoyed Little & Lion from her, but this was twice as good and well developed. I dare say it’s a page turner from the start. Another reason why this book and author surprised me was Booker, Birdie’s love interest. The way he is presented in the beginning makes the reader think he is trouble. I mean, any guy who encourages a girl to ...more
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
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
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
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Neville Longbottom
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, 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.
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 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.
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 ...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 ...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. ...more
Sarah ➖Goddess of Mischief➖
Me: *sees cover* I think I should add to TBR

Brain: why?

Me: pretty cover

Brain: good idea
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, need-to-own
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!
☼ rachel ☼
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can see this review and many others on my Blog

"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
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
kelly {BookCrushin}
3.5 stars rounded up. The Revolution of Birdie Randolph is another exemplary book that brings in important less talked about topics into the YA narrative. Brandy Colbert has a unique voice, but every book is different. One thing is for certain is that Brandy is not afraid to hit hard with the feels and bring to light aspects of her culture into modern day stories. Brandy also has such diversity within her novels that is always seamless and still poignant.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Drinking Buddy: Know When to Say When
MPAA Rating: Adult Situations, Drug and Alcohol Use, Strong Language
Talky Talk: This Bird Will Fly
Bonus Factors: LGBTQ, Race Relations, Cool Aunt
Bromance Status: Party Host

Read the full book report here.
Eloise Palandro
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was very clear that dove was a layered character and Brooke was helping peel them off. Dove didn’t have somebody to look up to on how to break rules so she had to figure that out her self Brooke is doves key to character development Its easy to relate to dove because it’s hard to break rules when your entire life you’ve followed them the reason her mom acted so protective was because she was scared dove would end up as carlene
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!
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vine, bea
Birdie has always been a good daughter. She works hard in school, she's responsible. She listens to her parents even when it's hard like when she had to give up soccer to focus on her classes and college prep.

But it's hard to balance being a good daughter with dating Booker--the new boy in her life. Birdie's parents would never approve of Booker with his bad reputation and his juvenile record. Rather than upset her parents Birdie does what seems like the best thing for everyone: she decides to
Jan 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: coming-soon-19
This cover is enough for me to give the book five starts already.
Review originally posted on my blog, It's YA Girl Reviews

Disclaimer: I received this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

If a beautiful coming-of-age, tumultuous self-discovery, bad-ass revolution is what you’re in the mood for, this is definitely the book you will want to pick up. Birdie Randolph offers just about everything you could want in a main character. She’s intelligent and compassionate, she understands and
Samantha (WLABB)
Birdie had had enough of all her parents strict rules. She wanted to experiment, try new things, and spread her wings a little. During this summer of her "revolution", Birdie makes mistakes, falls in love, and unearths a H U G E family secret.

I had no idea this story would take that turn. Wow! And, though that twist was quite shocking, it was just one of many things I enjoyed as I read this book. Birdie came across as so authentic. She had adhered to her parent's rules, but she was growing
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america, audiobook, lgbtq
The big dramatic moments of this novel were pretty obvious but that doesn’t at all detract from the story. There’s a lot of representation in this book, which is awesome, and a really respectful sexual relationship. It’s probably the best teenage relationship I’ve ever seen in print. It’s also a really good illustration of how a loving family with strict parents can negotiate a way forward with a teen girl looking to be more independent.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it

I like this character and the relationships with her family, friends, and past and present romantic partners. While I predicted the potential twist too early on for my taste, it did prove to be more complex than I expected.
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Not my favorite of hers, but it's still a great story to experience. I'm glad I read it. There are so many things to untangle, but the journey's worth the traveling.

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Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks and has worked as an editor for several national magazines. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.