Monday, July 18, 2011

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Group: YA
Rating: 5/5
Source: Publisher

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

What an amazing book! I had never read anything by Jennifer Donnelly before and when Revolution arrived to me, I kept finding myself putting it off. Worst mistake ever! This book truly spoke to me. I felt what Andi was going through. She was struggling and was yearning for help and something to help her get out of this misery that was surrounding her. The her father comes along and takes her to Paris for Winter break. At first she doesn't want to go, but then gives in.

While in Paris, Andi finds the diary of Alexandrine, a girl during the French Revolution. It was amazing how Donnelly made the diary entires of Alexandrine. I felt as though I was actually reading a real diary and I felt pain through the pages. I could feel emotion as well.

REVOLUTION is full of history and it sweeps you away. It's not some boring thing you read in your history textbook, this book will make you cry, smile, and feel what Andi and Alexandrine both go through. I highly recommend this book.

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