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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph: 10/07/19

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert is set in Chicago during the summer time. Dove "Birdie" Randolph life will be turned upside down by the arrival of her mother's sister.

Birdie's family lives above the salon her mother runs. Her father is a sports doctor. Her older sister is a junior in college. Birdie, though, is feeling trapped by her parents' strict rules, especially now that she has a new boyfriend who has a juvie record for a fight with a coach.

The aunt is back from rehab and it's through her story that Birdie comes to understand why her parents are so strict with her. They don't want her getting into the same trouble.

Birdie's summer is one of pushing boundaries. Some of it goes well — she does get to spend time with her boyfriend and she takes responsibility to go on birth control. Some of it doesn't go as well — getting caught drinking and getting a warning from the police.

Birdie and Booker aren't the only couple. Her older sister has a girl friend, two of her guy friends are a couple, and her former boyfriend has realized he's probably ace.

But these are all the surface details. There's a bigger story. Birdie's actual revolution will be in how she knows herself and her family. That will come with some painful revelations by those closest to her.

Five stars

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