Monday, September 27, 2010

Revolution (ARC) by Jennifer Donnelly

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Publication Date: Oct 12, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Historical Fiction

The Story:
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.

My Review: I am so excited that I was able to read this book. There were so many surprises, that kept me guessing! As we follow Andi, you start to feel real bad for her. She essentially has lost her entire family. Her little brother is dead, her mother is in a coma like state- but awake, and her father hasn't been around for a year. Donnelly describes everything so well, I'm able to watch it as a movie in my head as I read. You're transported from Brooklyn (NY) to Paris (France). When Andi finds Alex's diary in an old guitar case, we are able to read Alex's experience with the French Revolution. There's something about being able to read about history, with some fictional stories thrown in. History is brought to life. So many emotions are experienced as you read REVOLUTION. I honestly couldn't put it down. I was literally reading it at red lights! I would highly recommend this book to anyone.


  1. Sounds like a good book and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh I'm glad to hear that this one is good! I loved this author's other book for YA called A Northern Light, it is still one of my favorites today.

  3. I cannot wait to read this one! Great review!



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