Monday, November 29, 2010
Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
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.
Review: Wow. This book was amazing. Amazing and beautiful, those are the only words to properly describe Revolution.
What blew me away with this book was the writing and the characters. The writing was beautiful and the characters were amazing. As soon as a character was introduced I felt immediately connected to them, like I knew them. I can not even imagine the amount of research that went into this book. The details of the accounts of the French Revolution were great.
Obviously this is going to be a short review. All you need to know is that everything about the book was wonderful: the characters, the writing, everything. Donnelly has managed to write to write a novel that brings both her characters and history to life. I have yet to read her first YA novel, A Northern Light, but I plan on doing so ASAP.