The Revolution of Birdie Randolph (Hardcover)

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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph (Hardcover)


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Dove (Birdie) Randolph has just finished her sophomore year of high school and is getting ready for a summer of SAT prep courses, helping her mom out at her hair salon, and hanging out with her best friend Laz. Starting the summer with her distant aunt moving in and a boy she likes (though is afraid to introduce to her parents), Dove begins to question her parents' strict rules. I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved Birdie's character, especially as she began to question herself and the person she'd been all her life. I also really enjoyed the (very well developed) side characters and the different relationships Birdie held with each of them. The plot was well paced and the writing was really excellent. As a high school junior, this book was extremely relatable. Birdie struggles with things that a lot of high schoolers realistically struggle with, especially her changing relationship with her parents and the level of trust she has with them. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, fast, well-written coming of age story. I think people across a range of ages will really be able to enjoy it. 

— Nava K., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member

From Stonewall Award winner Brandy Colbert comes a novel about first love, family, and hidden secrets that will stay with you long after turning the last page.

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 sweet boy with a troubled past . . . whom she knows her parents will never approve of.

When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family's apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded -- she's also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she's known to be true is turned upside down.
Brandy Colbert is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Pointe, Finding Yvonne, and Stonewall Award winner Little & Lion. Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, she now lives and writes in Los Angeles.
Praise for The Revolution of Birdie Randolph:
A Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction of 2019 PickAn ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults PickAn ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Pick
*"Colbert's latest novel brilliantly delves into first loves, forbidden romance, rebellion, and family expectations-all of which teens will strongly relate to."—Booklist, starred review

*"The Revolution of Birdie Randolph crescendos with an unexpected, masterful plot twist and an extremely satisfying ending."—Shelf Awareness, starred review

*"...this thrilling tale of first love explores what it means to be held to an impossible standard and still learn to live an authentic life."—Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"A beautiful and necessary read."—Buzzfeed

"...the book may actually help struggling teens realize that they are not alone in whatever hardships they may face."
School Library Connection

"A great addition to teen collections everywhere."—School Library Journal

" emotionally gripping tale about family and young love and how they can be your entire world while still being worlds apart."—Kirkus

"There are few authors in contemporary YA today who write with Colbert's quiet power and nuance, and her fourth novel is a perfect example."—Barnes & Noble Teen Blog

"..touching and uplifting."—Entertainment Weekly

"A beautiful and necessary read."—Buzzfeed

Praise for Finding Yvonne: "Brandy Colbert has crafted a meaningful and masterful book that explores all of the different ways that we can surprise ourselves. Yvonne's path through family ties, hidden talents, and difficult decisions reveals the hard-won truth of an unforgettable character. I loved this book."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times}Robin Benway, National Book Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author of Far from the Tree

"...thoughtful coming-of-age story..."—VOYA

"A pitch-perfect song of a book about all the ways a heart can break and mend, Finding Yvonne will stay with you long past its final, bittersweet notes."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times}Elana K. Arnold, author of National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of

Praise for Little & Lion:"Little and Lion is beautifully insightful, honest, and compassionate. Brandy's ability to find larger meaning in small moments is nothing short of dazzling."—National Book Award Finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything Everything, Nicola Yoon

"Brandy Colbert further establishes herself as one of contemporary YA's biggest talents in this thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of identity, loyalty, and what it means to live with integrity. Little & Lion is a stunningly good novel."—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

"Brandy Colbert takes us on an emotional and gorgeous journey with a protagonist who is trying to figure out where she fits in with her family as well as in the world. A book full of overwhelming love and courage."—Sara Farizan, author of Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

* "This superbly written novel teems with meaningful depth, which is perfectly balanced by romance and the languorous freedom of summer."—Booklist, starred review

* "A moving, diverse exploration of the challenges of growing up and the complicated nature of loyalty."—School Library Journal, starred review

* "Colbert sensitively confronts misconceptions about mental illness, bisexuality, and intersectional identity.... A vibrantly depicted Los Angeles."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "From the threads of love and romance, to redefining family life, readers of all walks of life will find an entry point to this title."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"A moving and well-realized examination of secrecy, trust, and intimacy."—Publishers Weekly

" Hand [Little & Lion] to readers who like thoughtful, edgy stories with no easy answers."—VOYA

"With compelling honesty, Colbert portrays Suzette's evolving understanding of her sexuality, Lionel's longing for self-sufficiency alongside the challenges of his mental illness, and the difficulty of shifting familial relationships."—Horn Book