Thursday, February 3, 2011

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

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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.

This book was wow! Andi's voice was heartbreaking, raw, and jaded, both at the world and herself. While Alex's voice was compelling, caring, and just as heartbreaking. Both of these character left such a mark of me that I had a hard time leaving this book. Their stories were beautiful and I think that is is mostly due to Donnelly's writing, which was elegant and everything that I have ever wanted from a book. Just like Andi did, I became obsessed with Alex's story and wanted more. I flipped forward a few times to see just when I could expect the next entry. I will say that it took me a week to finish this book, but I think that I was really trying to savour every moment of the beautiful plot. The concept of this book isn't super original, there are a lot of book with diaries or letters in them, but the way that it is written is gorgeous. This book instantly became one of my favorite books ever, it is part cotempary and part historical fiction that captured me. Donnelly displays that she is trully a skilled writer with Revolution. I can't wait to read more from her. I highly recommend that you read this book now, it is realistic and clever. Seriously, one of the best books that I have ever read!


  1. aw, i love this review! i can't wait to read this one as soon as they stock it in my local bookstore.

  2. This one is currently sitting on my shelf, and I'm really looking forward to reading it. Sounds like such an amazing book, and everyone has said lovely things about it.

  3. I'm trying to write my review of this one now and I'm struggling to eloquently articulate my "wow" reaction. I really loved this one too. So beautifully written. Incredibly compelling and well done. Excellent review.

  4. what you're saying is I probably shouldn't have given this book away without reading it first...

    Great review!


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