Love is a Revolution – Renee Watson
Love, dating, self-acceptance, social action, Jamacian Americans, Harlem, New York, Young Adult, POC representation, fiction.
Nala goes to an open mic night with her cousin for her birthday. When one of the poet activists, Tye, goes on stage her attention is drawn to him. She makes herself more relatable to him by omitting lies and she struggles to keep them straight as she is falling more and more for Tye. Her relationship with her cousin isn’t easy either and Nala learns to stop and reflect. She needs to love herself first and in turn love Tye.
My heart vibed with what the author wanted to express through this narrative. Love can really change and inspire a person to love themselves better. I loved the place and this felt so real that I was there. I was witnessing everything happening with Nala and her interactions. Everyone needs to go pick up this book and read this novel. I can’t express how much I love this book. I did borrow this from the library and I am definitely going to buy the book. Then most likely read it again because it was so good. I finished this book in one day and it’s that type of book that can be read in one sitting because the pacing is perfect. I do not see enough hype but this book deserves so much more hype.
Good Luck with That – Kristin Higgins
Self-acceptance, women, self-esteem, body image,
Three women, as little girls, made a promise together
about losing weight and doing activities that skinny women would do. A decade
later, Georgia and Marley hear from Emerson and she is practically on her
deathbed. Georgia and Marley come to Emerson’s side and Emerson hands them a
letter they ought to open at her funeral. A day later Emerson passes away.
Distraught and in mourning, the two women attempt to complete the list but
rather instead of losing weight, just embracing their curvy selves and doing the
list anyways. Marley and Georgia find that they can be empowered by their image
and not care about what others think. Along the journey each Marley and Georgia
do go through some problems but in the end, they overcome any challenge that
they face, together.
I really love this book because it is so empowering.
It sends a message that it is okay to be curvy but not overweight like how
their friend was. I highly would recommend this book as a read and to think
critically about one’s own life. Embrace your body image, man or woman. It is
okay. If one is not obese and or overweight, one’s curves are something to be
proud of. Just like Marley and Georgia did. If one is to diet, be sure to do it
in a safe way.