Published by Random House Children's Books on 10/12/10
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
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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.
Captivating, heartbreaking, eye-opening, and simply beautiful.
Revolution is a superbly written story with the most beautiful message. It’s about a girl who is filled with darkness and is starving for breath, and through the diary of a long dead teenager she discovers the key to living.
Revolution begins with Andi, a very privileged high school senior who is drowning in grief and guilt. She’s brilliantly smart and has a future filled with limitless possibilities, but she can’t make herself move. (I felt Andi’s pain from the very beginning – there was a moment when I was crying in my car; her pain was so potent). Andi’s only refuge from her darkness is her music, but she holds onto that with a kind of madness as everything else around her becomes meaningless. As the world around her begins to fade, she discovers a diary of a girl from the French Revolution. That girl is Alex and she too deals with immense heartbreak, and her pain speaks to Andi and her resilience gives Andi hope.
“There is only one thing I fear now – love. For I have seen it and I have felt it and I know that it is love, not death, that undoes us.”
This book was wonderful. Jennifer Donnelly created a character that was alive and she created worlds that existed off the page. From modern day New York and Paris, to a turbulent France during the revolution; I was there. I saw it, I felt it, and I loved it. Her beautiful writing perfectly conveyed Andi’s desperation and Alex’s terror and loss of innocence. I loved each layer of this story, and thought her storytelling was rich, haunting, and heavy with real emotions. Through the most vivid scenes, Revolution took me on a journey across time and I saw how two people from very different circumstances share the same questions and feelings about life and love and how you can find salvation in the most unexpected places.
Sometimes I read for entertainment and I read for distraction. I read to escape yes, but I mostly read to discover new people and to see how it’s all connected. The it? Everything. I read, I see, I feel, and I learn. That’s what it’s all about for me. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly is one of those books that took a hold of me while I was reading it, but now I can’t stop thinking about because I can’t let it go.