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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly


by Jennifer Donnelly

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Thoughtful, painful, beautiful, hopeful.

I read the author's earlier YA A Northern Light a few years ago and thought it was readable but not quite for me. But some combination of the compelling cover, the Parisian setting, and the intriguing plot summary (two parallel stories, one in contemporary Paris, one during the Revolution) kept drawing my attention back to it. But I think the thing that really made me half to read it was this quote, referenced in one of the reviews I read: "The world goes on stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can't you see? I do not."
I didn't know the context, but those words kept ringing in my brain, until I finally sought out the book and read it, almost all in one sitting. And I still love that quote, and how the book leads to that recognition, how the characters deal with the stupidity and brutality of the world, and their own terrible losses. But it wasn't just the themes that made me love this one: it was the characters, the humor, the weaving together of different lives and goals. ( )
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
Loved how Jennifer blended Andi's contemporary story with Alex's historical. Well crafted!
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  Nancy.Castaldo | Nov 3, 2014 |
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This is up there as one of my favorite books of all time, in the beginning(and, really, throughout the entire book) Andi struggles with a deep depression. It's something I've never encountered first-hand but it is written so well I can understand what it's like to have such a loss and sadness in life.

But, what I thought was most amazing about this book was the music, I've been a more blasé music listener and somehow, with words, she made me love music again. Seeing how much it helped someone(albeit a very realistic fictional one) get through her pain makes me appreciate it more

My one caveat is the last third(nicely based on Dante's venerable 3 books) is very odd. It ties the book nicely together but it is an odd transition from straight-faced realism to decidedly more fantasy but Donnelly describes this new scene with such skill that it isn't as bad as it might seem(if you do get that far, just keep going, the suspension of belief is easily gotten but the end) ( )
  Lorem | Sep 27, 2014 |
4.5 stars. Enjoyed the story, although the main part happens in the last 50 pages or so. Also learned a lot about music history and the French Revolution. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
Another book about spoiled rich kids going to a swanky school in New York City? Lord help me! These young people are so soulless that they gather each morning before school to get themselves chemically enhanced in order to get through the day. And it doesn't help that the protagonist, Andi, is not only spoiled, with a falling apart family, she's also depressed and basically unlikable. Her only redeeming feature is that she plays a mean guitar. I was about to set Revolution aside, but the beauty of A Northern Light kept niggling at me. Okay, I'd give it one more chapter--and it just happened to be the chapter where Andi agrees to go with her father to Paris for winter vacation. They are staying with friends of the family who live in a warehouse in Paris, which G plans to turn into a museum of the French Revolution. Boxes of Revolutionary artifacts are everywhere! G hands Andi a guitar circa 1795, and tucked into a secret compartment in the guitar's case, she finds a diary written in 1795 by Alexandrine Paradis, a lower class girl who has developed a relationship with the Royal family. I won't go into spoiler territory here, but will just say that my interest--and the book's pace--picked up dramatically at this point. In the end, this was a fascinating look at life during Revolutionary times, with a healthy dose of music, both pop and classical. Give it a chance, and don't be put off by the slow start! ( )
  alexann | Jun 3, 2014 |
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This is a great example of young adult fiction: beautifully written and thoroughly researched yet not, to borrow Patrick Ness's phrase, "an adjective novel". There is an emotional vividness and a delight in story that will speak strongly to teenagers. I hope Donnelly returns to the genre a little sooner next time.
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, 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 Donnellyartfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love.
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I found myself within a forest dark,

For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

Ah me! How hard a thing it is to say,

What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,

Which in the very thought renews the fear.

So bitter is it, death is little more...

- Dante

The Divine Comedy
For Daisy,

who kicked out the walls of my heart
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Those who can, do.

Those who can't, deejay.
"History is a Rorschach test, people," she said. "What you see when you look at it is tells you as much about yourself as it does about the past."
Lights blink all around me for the gods of the holidays. Green and red for Santa. Blue for Judah Maccabee. White for Martha Stewart.
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An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy--Louis Charles, the lost king of France.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly's remarkable new novel, weaves together the lives of Andi Alpers, a depressed modern-day teenager, and Alexandrine Paradis, a brave young woman caught up in the French Revolution. While in Paris with her estranged father, a Nobel geneticist hired to match the DNA of a heart said to belong to the last dauphin of France, Andi discovers a diary hidden within a guitar case--and so begins the story of Alexandrine, who herself had close ties to the dauphin. Redemption and the will to change are powerful themes of the novel, and music is ever present--Andi and Alex have a passion for the guitar, and the playlist running through Revolution is a who's who of classic and contemporary influences. Danger, intrigue, music, and impeccably researched history fill the pages of Revolution, as both young women learn that, "it is love, not death, that undoes us."--Seira Wilson

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An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy--Louis Charles, the lost king of France.… (more)

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