Sunday, December 5, 2010

Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Title: Revolution
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 496
Rating: 4/5

"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."


Revolution is a beautifully created story that manages to intertwine two stories seamlessly together into a great read. Between the mix of the history and of music, both current and way-back-when types, I was content for several days. As with any novel, there was an underlying message under the story itself. With Revolution, the message was learning to move on from tragic occasions in your life and not blaming yourself and healing. I can safely say both Andi's and Alex's story both had me flipping through the chapters time after time. The characters in both were also very entertaining and were well rounded. Though I admit towards the end it got trippy, but you knew in the back of your head what was going on. So it wasn't that big of a problem. Overall, this novel was really something that stuck with you even after days or weeks from reading it in the first place. I definite must read!


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