Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
I have read other books by Jennifer Donnelly that are among some of my favorites. So, when I chose to read "Revolution" as my first Young Adult book by her I was sure that I wouldn't be disappointed and I wasn't!
From the Description on Amazon:
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.
Awards that Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution has received!
2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominee
Young Adult Book of the Year, New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
Young Adult Book of the Year, American Booksellers Association / Indiebound
ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
VOYA "Perfect Ten" Book
Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Books
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
Amazon.com Best Books
BN.com Best Teen Books
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
Capitol Choice Noteworthy Book
Parents’ Choice Silver Award
American Library Association Odysssey Honor Audiobook
A Little About the Author Jennifer Donnelly
Donnelly moved back to New York, to Brooklyn, at the age of 25. After ten years of work, Donnelly published her first novel, The Tea Rose. The Tea Rose is the first book of a trilogy based in the 19th Century in London's East End, with ties to the story of Jack the Ripper. The second book, The Winter Rose, continues the tale, following the Finnegan family and related characters from London to Africa to the coast of Northern California. The third novel in the series, The Wild Rose, which follows Willa and Seamie's story, follows the characters from London on the verge of World War I to Arabia in 1918.
A Northern Light was her second published novel, and biggest success to date. The young adult novel is based around the infamous murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette in the Adirondack Mountains in 1906. This case was earlier the basis for Theodore Dreiser's epic An American Tragedy as well as the film A Place in the Sun.
In 2004, A Northern Light won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Carnegie Medal in the UK (where the novel was published as A Gathering Light.), as well as the 2004 Michael L. Printz Award as an honor book.
Her second young adult novel, Revolution, is a tale of two teenage girls—one in present-day Brooklyn and one in Paris during the French Revolution—whose stories interweave as they struggle to make sense of the tragedies they encounter. The book was published in October, 2010 by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, with a first run of 250,000 copies. It was named a Best Book of 2010 by Amazon.com, Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and the audiobook version of Revolution received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor.
From Wikipedia: Wikipedia Link
The main character in the story, Andi, is a young girl who is a senior in high school, a great musician who plays the guitar, who doesn't get along well with her very intelligent and well-known father, and her mother is an artist that is suffering from a mental breakdown after the death of Andi's brother.
Andi is close to not graduating from high school unless she is able to get together a thesis and a presentation. Her father tells her that she is going with him to Paris and during this time he commits her mother to a mental hospital for help. Andi isn't happy that she must go to Paris with her father or with the fact that her mom has been hospitalized. Since Andi doesn't want to stay in Paris, her father tells her that she may leave if she completes her presentation for school.
While staying with her dad in Paris, her dad's friend shows Andi a guitar that is more than 200 years old. Andi is spellbound by the guitar and finds a secret compartment in the guitar case where a diary is found. This is when Andi's story and the story within the pages of the diary parallel.
I know that if you chose to read this book you won't be disappointed. I loved it. At times it was hard for me to put the book down. I am looking forward to reading more of Jennifer Donnelly's Young Adult books. In fact, I already have a copy of "A Northern Light" which I intend to read this month!
Until next time, keep curling up with a Young Adult book......