The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

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 school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a swee...

Details The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

TitleThe Revolution of Birdie Randolph
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

  • Katie B
    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 thou...
  • Toya
    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 s...
  • Kelsea
    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 ...
  • Richelle Robinson
    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 ...
  • ☼ rachel ☼
    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 estrange...
  • Sasha
    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 glu...
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    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 ...
  • Heather
    Review originally posted on my blog, It's YA Girl ReviewsDisclaimer: 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 inte...
  • 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...
  • Paige Green
    Disclaimer: I received this book from TheNovl. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book Series: StandaloneRating: 5/5Diversity: African American main character and family, lesbian character, gay characters, ace character.Publication Date: August 20, 2019Genre: YA ContemporaryRecommended Age: 15+ (sex, some language)Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young ReadersPages: 325Amazon LinkSynopsis: Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughte...
  • Alejandra Rodriguez
    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Reader through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*This book had no faults in my eyes. There is nothing that I would change about this book. I don’t usually read young adult contemporary romance, much less give it five stars. But, here we are. Brandy Colbert killed it!Full review:
  • Kareena
    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 t...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    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**
  • Kim
    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 stru...
  • Sarah M
    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
    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 lik...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn MitchellThe 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 h...
  • Alivia
    I’d like to start this review off by thanking @thenovl for sending me an ARC to review. When I started reading The Revolution of Birdie Randolph I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. As with all books, there are a few things I enjoyed and a few things that were rough for me. The main issue for me was that I couldn’t really relate to the characters and storyline. I wasn’t a rebellious child, I didn’t grow up anywhere nea...
  • Daphne
    I received an ARC from TheNovl for an honest review. My first book by Brandy Colbert, it made for an excellent summer read as the story also takes place during the summer. This contemporary is set in Chicago, and is written in the POV of 16 year old Dove "Birdie" Randolph. She's got all her academics and goals planned out meticulously by her parents (more specifically, her mother), and she has an older sister named Mimi who is already in college....
  • KarenJo Custodio
    Lots of HUGS and THANKS to The Novl and Little Brown FYR for my advance reader copy! The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert is a beautiful and wonderfully affecting coming of age novel that absolutely touched my heart. I really love the emotional depth in this book and the characters are just so charming, likable and real.This story follows Dove “Birdie” Randolph as she deals with family secrets and drama, frustration over trying...
  • Dani Amaya
    ARC provided by The Novl in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and quotations are based off an uncorrected proof ------------ "...for once in my life-maybe for the first time-I am not worried about what she thinks. I am finally living." When I met Brandy Colbert and received this ARC, I was expecting a different kind of book and expecting to not like it as much as I did. I didn't love Brandy Colbert's last book like I wanted to and it ...
  • Sam
    Huge thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for this ARC!Brandy Colbert has yet to disappointment. Her stories are have such raw portrayals of teens coping with difficult issues, and it's why I always keep coming back to them. The Revolution of Birdie Randolph looks at a disjointed relationship between sisters, a girl who is forced to study and has no means of blowing off steam, and a boy who's been to juvie and is trying to make amends for his ...
  • Camila
    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 teenag...
  • Lola
    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 ...
  • Shelby
    *Thanks to The Novl for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review3.5 starsThis 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...