Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Description: 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.
Review: Told by alternating narrators, Andi and Alex, Revolution jumps back and forth between modern day Paris and 1790's France. Despite being centuries apart, Andi and Alex's voices blend seamlessly, telling two different stories with equal force. Alex's own heart break over the loss of the family and little boy she's grown to love, help modern day Andi mend her own broken heart and come to terms with her own broken family.
This book is easy to get lost in. The writing is beautiful and Andi/Alex's stories are amazing. It does take a semi-weird turn when Andi gets lost in the catacombs beneath Paris (how creepy is that!?) and starts hallucinating, but even that little bit of mysticism fits right in with the uber creepy setting of underground Paris.
This book is well worth the read. Be warned though - it's a bit of a brick.
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