Book View: Revolution

Book View: RevolutionRevolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Published by Delacorte Books on October 12th 2010
Pages: 472

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.

Short and Sweet: I have been eyeing Revolution pretty much since its release. Love historical novels especially the tragic ones. Anne Boleyn. Marie Antoinette. Their lives, their triumphs and downfalls are uterly captivating. Revolution's premise (two girls drawn together through the reaches of time) drew me in, but I stayed for the historical element. What an amazing journey! Donnelly takes readers into parts of French history like no one has before. It was utterly breathtaking.
Final Verdict: Revolution has so many deep and complex layers. It is a story on top of a story, on top of another. Blended together so perfectly. I am not sure what made this book so magical; the characters or the history. Both were enchanting. If you have ever been curious about the French Revolution or Marie Antoinette, then Revolution is a must read!        
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2 responses to “Book View: Revolution

  1. Beth S.

    I LOVED this book. And I would go so far to say that even if you’re not curious about the French Revolution, you would still find this book fascinating. I actually found the Revolution part of the book less fascinating than the musical angle. Then again, I played piano for 13 years so that’s why I responded so strongly to the book.

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