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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

{Review}: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Title: Revolution
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Books (Oct, 2010)
Hardcover: 472 pages
ISBN: 9780385737630
Source: Borrowed from Library
Available on: Amazon

My Rating: 4/5

Description 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 Review:
I stayed up all night finishing this book and took a few days to digest the story just to make sure I didn't end up dreaming up the end.. The beginning was slow and missing action, then out of no where, (I should have seen it coming) it gets strange and unrealistic but it totally grasped my attention. (Thus the stayed up all night reading).

Andi is depressed because she blames herself for her brother's death and her family's disintegration. Her life takes a much needed change when her father takes her to Paris and she finds Alexandrine's diary. She discovers that times may change but people's problems are immune to time and revolutions.

I can't say I liked Andi but I did enjoy her story. She was just too depressing for my taste. Alexandrine, on the other hand, I liked. She knew what she wanted in life and worked hard to accomplish it. I usually look for a love story in most of the novels I read but I was strangely happy that it was not the center point of the story. Andi's relationship with Virgil was refreshing because they behaved like two teenagers that were are getting to know one another not two intensely in-love adults.

The ending was what made me really like this story. I have seen some reviews and a lot of people that think it was too unrealistic but it worked for me. Yes, I agree it was strange but it gave the novel a reason.

I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the end but this is a great book for people who enjoy fiction with a historical background. 

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book. I agree that it gets better as it goes on. I liked Andi, not because she was nice or likeable, but because the author described her well enough that I empathized with her. I definitely liked Alyxandrine.


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