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.
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1 . Good history lesson
Posted September 24, 2011 by Janet Ankcorn , BeaconsfieldAt the beginning of this book, I felt it was too 'immature' in its theme, however, reading on I couldn't put the book down! Quite a page-turner with accurate historical facts and thought-provoking descriptions of the catacombs in Paris and life during the revolution.
This is a book for all readers of good fiction.
2 . Pretty good, but long.
Posted March 05, 2011 by Jenna , CanadaRevolution is about a teenaged girl named Andi. She has a lot going on in her mind. Her brother has recently been killed...and she holds herself responsible. Her mom is going crazy. And her dad has restarted his life with his new and young girlfriend. Andi is not happy. The only thing she can turn to is music. After awhile, she gets used to this lifestyle. Going to boring private school through the day, playing guitar after school, and coming home to her mother, crazily painting pictures of her dead brother, Truman. Andi at least has comfort in the fact that her days are the same, no suprises. Until her dad takes all that away. He puts her mom in a mental hospital, and takes Andi to Paris, where she has to finish her final senior project. Andi is extremly upset, until she finds a diary hidden in an old guitar case. It's a story about a girl, her age, in Paris about 200 years ago during the French Revolution. Andi gets hooked on the journal, and comes to love the people in the diary. Until a lot changes...
I would say this book is pretty good. Not my favourite, but okay. The beginning is slow, and it sort of drags on. When you think the book should just end already, the author comes up with a whole new challenge Andi has to face. If you're into history and/or music, then you would probably enjoy this. I'm not avid with either of those subjects, so the book dragged on. But in the end, I'm glad I read it. I would recommend this book to those who are like history, especially French history, and music, like I said above. If you don't like either of those, then you would probably think the book is just okay, like me.
3 . Awesome
Posted December 26, 2010 by Stacy , OrangevaleThis was an awesome book. What a great writer to make one explore the past, present and future. Very hard to put down this book, read it in two days. Wonderful writting, I could almost taste the food, hear the music and see Paris through the writers words.
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
October 11, 2010
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