Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review: "Revolution" by Jennifer Donnelly

From Goodreads:  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.

My Thoughts:  I really loved this book.  I have seen mixed reviews of it but I thoroughly enjoyed the story.  I felt for Andi as she struggled with her parents and trying to deal with the death of her brother and it was so sad to see her just drown in the pain.  I feel like Ms. Donnelly did a great job of weaving the past and the present together to create a really good story and she did an equally good job of making her characters come to life.  My only complaint was the way the story ended; I don't know if I just didn't fully understand it but I thought it was kind of abrupt and all of the loose ends were tied up too nicely.  Despite the ending, I still think this is an awesome work of historical fiction well worth reading.  4 1/2 stars.

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