Author: Jennifer Donnelley
Date Published: 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Brilliantly Breathtaking. That is how i can describe Donnelly's latest book. Donnelley has a talent for crafting a beautiful timeless story. Revolution is all the proof we need of that.
Here is the Synopsis of Revolution for those of you who have not heard of this AMAZING book before.
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
There are so many great aspects mixed in to this story.
I loved how through out the story Donnelley incorporated the inspiration and healing powers of music. The main character is a musician and has always wanted to pursue music as her future. Through out the whole book music is a huge part of the character and her development. And me who feels the same way about music i loved this. I though it added a great new perspective and emotion to the story and really made me connect with it more.
Also there was Virgil. O Virgil. He has left me speechless. Lets just say he is now on the top of my fiction crush list. He is that good. He is such a well crafted character and well extremely crush worthy. He is hot, sweet, a musician, smart, wise, and did i mention hot. He stole my hear the moment he stepped on to the pages of the book. Through out the book he is always there for Andie (the main character) and really becomes a huge part of the story that way. He is the guy i have always wanted, the guy i dream about. O how i wish he was real. Jennifer Donnelley please make him real!
One of my favorite aspects of the story was Virgil and Andie's relationship. They really were a great balance for each other and added so much more to this wonderful story line. They both are heavily influenced by music and this is what brings them together in the beginning. They start by playing music together at a restaurant and then soon are sung each other to sleep over the phone. I wish a guy would sing me to sleep. Anyway back to the story. Virgil and Andie's relationship was also one of the most real and realistic one i have ever seen in a book and it was very refreshing and i loved them every step of the way.
I also loved the whole historical fiction part of the book. Andie finds a diary from back during the french revolution and through out the book we get to read all the diary entries with her. I really enjoyed the entries i really started to feel like i was there during the revolution and started to feel and understand all the emotions that were going on at the time. I also loved it because it was a new insight into the French Revolution. It wasn't like i was learning about it in school or reading a book on it, i was like i was experiencing it.
Donnelley also did a great job creating the setting of the book. With some books you get a great plot but there is not backdrop for where it goes. But in Revolution you get both. Donnelley does a great job at creating a realistic current time Brooklyn and Paris making there streets jump off the pages like we were really living there. I love books that do this because it really gives the whole effect of really being there and experiencing it first person. She also did a great job of recreating 18th century Paris so i could really see and feel what it was like back then.
Sometimes the book could be a little slow at times but soon enough it would pick up pace keeping you intrigued. The whole time travel piece at the end at first was a little bit much and cliche for me but after it was over a realized it was a great addition to the story and really helped sum up the book making it a success!
I like to categorize this book as a Coming of Age novel but also a Historical Fiction novel. And i loved this, It really showed how history can still effect us today. And it was a great mixture and theme!
Donnelly throughout the book had a well crafted, thought out plot that kept you wanting more the whole time and i loved it!