Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Colbert sensitively confronts misconceptions about mental illness, bisexuality, and intersectional identity....A vibrantly depicted Los Angeles." Kirkus Reviews (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)
"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)
"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 beautiful and necessary read." Buzzfeed
"The Revolution of Birdie Randolph crescendos with an unexpected, masterful plot twist and an extremely satisfying ending." Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)
About the Author
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.