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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  36 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
Expected publication: August 20th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Im going to keep reading Brandy Colbert, especially when they have gorgeous covers like this, and someday, she’s going to write something I love even more than I love Pointe
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
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
Sarah ➖Goddess of Mischief➖
Me: *sees cover* I think I should add to TBR

Brain: why?

Me: pretty cover

Brain: good idea
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot. It’s a relatively quick read of only 325 pages. I read this as an ARC so changes could definitely be made before it’s published in August. I was very appreciative of the character diversity. There are a significant number of characters who are POC. There is a lot of diversity in their sexuality as well. I love seeing books that normalize that and Brandy Colbert did a great job of talking about current issues while tying it to a fascinating story. I also appreciated th ...more
So much love for this novel. It is primarily the story of Birdie, and how, at 16, she's learning to separate the self she wants to be from the self that her parents expect her to be. It's also a story of how messy families can be-- her mother's sister, who has struggled with substance abuse for years, re-enters their lives, and this may (or may not) be the time that she doesn't crash and burn. It's a story of friends who are facing their own struggles as they get closer to adulthood. It's a stor ...more
Sarah M
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book- so much that I finished it in 1 day! I’d like to thank the amazing people at NOVL for providing me with this ARC from BookCon this past weekend! Overall, I felt that Dove’s story was unique and interesting, the romance felt real, the characters were diverse and fully developed, and the story was well paced. I definitely plan on reading more from this author in the future!
Kelly Hager
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brandy Colbert has become one of my must-buy authors and this book is an example of why. Her novels are incredibly specific (their respective neighborhoods are as much a character in the books than the people in them) but at the same time, they feel universal.

Everything about this book was perfection for me. It's so clever and so heartbreaking and I just wanted everything to be OK for Birdie.

I hope there's a companion novel. I would very much like to spend more time with them.

Highly recommended.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coming-soon-19
This cover is enough for me to give the book five starts already.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got to be introduced to this book at BEA and I had the delight to hear about it from its editor, Alvina Lang who is someone I trust completely when it comes to taste, so naturally I had to read it.

At first I thought it was going to be a well written book deserving of a golf clap if anything but then, and very quickly, I realized how wrong I was. It doesn't have any fiction or any extremely gut wrenching plot, it is a book that follows a teenager around in her coming of age years but this is e
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
*Thanks to The Novl for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review
3.5 stars
This book was truly touching. We follow Dove (Birdie) Randolph as she meets Booker, a good guy with a bit of a past, and begins to stretch her wings. Her aunt Carlene also shows up and brings with her family drama and unveils secrets Birdie never knew.
First, I really liked how Birdie and Booker had a relationship prior to the beginning of the book. We don't go through the angst and awkwardness of them gett
ARC Review

I'm definitely one to judge a book by it's cover, so I'm hoping this one doesn't see any changes prior to publication. The style and coloring is beautiful, and one of the main reasons I grabbed this ARC over several others.

If you were a fan of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, you will most likely enjoy this book as well. The main characters follow a similar plot arc - overbearing and rigid mothers who love them deeply but can't seem to let them just be who they are, while rebellion, fi
Birdie's aunt Carlene has moved in with them temporarily after she gets out of rehab. Birdie (real name Dove) struggles to be the perfect daughter: SAT prep, certain type of boyfriend, curfew, etc. and actually relates quite well to Carlene as Carlene had her own struggles with her sister Kitty, Dove's mom, about those same sorts of situations within their own sibling relationship. As Birdie explores a new relationship with Booker, who has a past that Dove's parents won't approve of, Carlene is ...more
Zoe  Ford
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
thank you to yallwest and little, brown for the advanced reader copy!

okay, so as you may or may not know, i adore brandy colbert. i have read both finding yvonne and little and lion and have enjoyed both, but i do think that i enjoyed TRBR a little less.

basically, this was a wonderful, beautiful character-driven novel that paints a picture of a chicago that teems with love between family and friends. (i have to get on over to the midwest to see if for myself!)

but, that is all to say that i was
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Birdie Randolph is the perfect daughter, good grades, great behavior, does what her parents tells her to do. But after meeting a new guy and falling hard for him, Birdie starts to rebel against her parents and their wishes. She lies a number of times to her parents in an effort to see her new boyfriend, who she doesn't introduce to her parents nor tell them about him because he had once been in juvie. Birdie's decisions ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Birdie Randolph is dealing with a lot — the looming SAT, a secret boyfriend who’s been in juvie, the sudden arrival of her newly sober aunt, the growing tension between her and her ultra-strict parents. But all Birdie wants to do is enjoy the summer. The resulting story is as fresh as an oceanside breeze, as a black teenager in Chicago just struggles with figuring out who she is as a person and tries to escape from the overbearing rules set in place by her mother. This book is the perfect feel-g ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dove "Birdie" Randolph has quite the summer in this book. She goes through a lot over the course of a few months, much of it unexpected, which is ironic, given how planned out her life had been up to that point.

It's a realistic story about growing up and experiencing your first love and realizing just how imperfect family can be.

It touches on addiction, racial profiling and racial disparity, different sexual orientations, anxiety and the pressure so many young people face in the name of succeed
Shoshana G
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I liked this, but it was not my favorite book of Colbert's. It took me a while to get into, although I liked it a lot in the end. I found it fairly predictable - I'm normally bad at guessing twists, but figured out a major plot point pretty easily. That's ok - just because something is a trope/guessable doesn't make it bad, but it did make it harder to sympathize with Birdie's distress. I did enjoy the romantic subplots. Generally I like stories about good girls trying to figure out who they are ...more
H. R.  Gordon
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Review of an ARC from Book Expo*

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this story as much as I did. I thought it would be a decent read, but my expectations were exceeded. I got caught up in the day-to-day struggles of Birdie—teenage struggles that anyone who grew up with strict parents can relate to—and I kind of forgot to look deeper into the plot. The Revolution of Birdie Randolph is a story of teenage rebellion, strict parents, young love, and it has a great twist that I can’t believe I didn’t see com
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Birdie is a 16 year-old black teen living in Chicago with her very strict parents, embarking on a summer of SAT prep. Her parents only want the best for her, so there are rules galore, but Birdie is starting to have growing pains. She needs some space to live her life and make her own mistakes. I'm a little disappointed that Birdie is sooo obsessed with her boyfriend, but I do think that it's true to being a teenager, and Birdie is a likable, relatable character. I actually had a hard time putti ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story of a strong, black teen girl in Chicago whose parents are strict and have high expectations, whose aunt (in recovery) comes to live with the family, who learns unexpected secrets about her family and her community, and who falls in love with a boy her parents will not approve of. All the characters were really well-drawn and interesting, and the love story was just the right mix of sweet and respectful and sexy. And the LGBTQ+ inclusivity (in a non-issue-driven way) was ...more
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-2019, 2019
While this is a super quick read, it is one that will stick with you long after you put the book down. There are some heavy and serious topics covered in the most beautiful way. I cannot wait to write my review.

**HUGE thanks to The Novl/Little Brown FYR for the advance copy in exchange for my honest review**
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this from @lbschool! My #highschool #bookclub received free ARC copies to read and review.

This comes out in August and I will definitely be purchasing it for my #library! @brandycolbert does a phenomenal job developing Birdie and her #Chicago teen life, complete with boys and family drama! Loved the hairstylist momma too!
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I saw the plot twist coming a million miles away and it STILL HIT ME LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN AT FULL SPEED. So many poignant, real emotions running through this one. And the diversity rep was outstanding - lesbian, gay, ace, black, and all supremely well developed!
Jeanette Diaz Michel
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019-arc
***Got an ARC of this from YallWest for an Honest Review. Expected publication date is August 20, 2019*** A wonderful coming of age story that tackles coming into ones own as well as hidden family secrets.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The cover is beautiful.... The story totally did not go as I had expected!
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 star read! It made me cry. RTC
Allison Nettnin
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Teenager has strict parents, finds herself with lying to her parents and having sex, finds out some secrets about her family, becomes comfortable with herself in the end.
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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.