first published October 12th 2010
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Are you guys sick and tired of reading too much chick-lits and paranormal stuff and need a break?Well look no further 'cause Revolution is the perfect book for the change.
Andi,distressed at her brother Truman's death and her mother's emotional imbalance,is about to be expelled from her school when her father makes her accompany him to Paris for the winter break.There,she finds the diary of Alexandrine Paradis who lived over two hundred years ago at the time of the French Revolution.Ande finds herself going deeper into the girl's life as she turns the pages of the diary and feels her love,loss and struggles with every page she turns.
I loved how the author connected the two girls' lives together even though they lived centuries apart and could never meet each other.And that the thing connecting the two girls was an antique diary.There's no time-traveling,magic,or anything else of that sort.The story is quite simple,and yet it is complicated.When I finished the book,I found it so beautiful and nostalgic that I actually had tears pricking at the corners of my eyes.I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves reading and drowning in the fictional world of the story while doing so.The book's average rating is 4.06 out of 5.If you haven't read it yet,now is the perfect time to think about it,and add it to your summer reading list.
favorite quotes from the book:
“It has an L on it. L for love. See? It's the key to the universe, Dad. You said you were looking for it. You told Mom you were. I found it for you so you don't have to look anymore. So you can come home at night.”
“Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.”
Perfect Soundtracks for the Story:
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Falling Into History by Avril Lavigne