Monday, October 1, 2012

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

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.
I am a huge fan of this author. I read Tea Rose and Winter Rose over the summer and still need to read Wild Rose. While researching the author I discovered she had written a YA book and immediately purchased it for the library. I read this book over the summer but remember being so engrossed in the story and the two plot lines. I would recommend this book for students who have not tried historical fiction as a genre. I think this would be a neat book to read to get your feet wet in a new genre. Fingers crossed that Jennifer Donnelly has many more books coming as I adore her.

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