Happy November Glammies!!
Before I get into this month’s book club pick I wanted to thank you all for your support and for checking out my October Book Club Pick last month. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
For this month’s book I wanted to shift gears a bit and take a little break from the seasonal/holiday stories and books( but don’t worry they will be back next month 😉😊), and indulge in some YA Fiction.
Every so often I like to switch things up and indulge in some teen fiction. There’s something I find relaxing about reading YA(Young Adult) fiction. I like that the stories are usually a bit more lighthearted in nature and not as “heavy” or dark as Adult Fiction. Sometimes I find that even Adult Fiction can be a bit too realistic and relatable so I like to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of 'Adulting' and read a sappy teen romance or coming-of- age story.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert was EXACTLY the story I was looking forward to reading and did not disappoint.
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The story focuses on the main protagonist, Dove "Birdie" Randolph as she navigates finding her own voice and true love. Birdie's life has been mapped out for her since she's practically been born- down to her love life. Despite being a "Straight A" student on the right path, Birdie finds herself conflicted with doing what her mother wants for her, and figuring out what she wants and more importantly WHO she is. Over the past year Birdie has even had to sacrifice and give up the one thing she's always loved-soccer- due to the demands and pressure from her mom.
All of that changes though the summer before Birdie's senior year when her mom's sister shows up at her family's doorstep. Not only does her estranged aunt come with some drama, but Birdie's love life causes a ripple or two when she falls for the local "bad boy". Now Birdie's forced to confront her feelings and figure out what she wants for her life. Will she abandon her hopes, dreams and potential true love, or will she go against the grain(and her mom), and follow her heart?
Overall I really enjoyed Colbert's twist at the classic "coming-of-age" tale. She added a few unexpected twists and turns within the plot, which was refreshing, and her spin on dealing with teen angst was not only relatable but endearing.
My only "cons" I had was how the story flowed and its overall pace. The beginning started off a bit slower than I would have hoped, but once the story picked up, it flowed nicely-until the ending which I felt was a bit rushed and ended on a soft cliffhanger. I was left wanting to know a bit more by the ending along with what happens next and so if Colbert did decide to come out with a sequel to this, I would definitely be picking it up in hopes that it would fill in any gaps that were left open at the end of the book.
Overall I'd recommend picking this book up if you're into YA Fiction or if like me, you want to take a walk down memory lane. The book definitely was full of nostalgia for me personally and took me back to my teen years when I too was struggling to find my voice.
Final Review: 4/5
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