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Revolution

Donnelly, Jennifer (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Revolution


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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.
Authors: Donnelly, Jennifer
Title: Revolution
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 471, [13] p. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Also published in paperback by Delacorte, 2010, with ISBN 9780385737647.
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780385737630
0385737637
9780385906784
0385906781
9780385737647
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Comment by: m2 Report This Jan 21, 2011

Well, not as good as Northern Light. But I am glad she didn't "throw it in the pond" as she states in the dedication. The story loses focus when Andi discovers the diary and reads it - loads of plot saying, OH! I shouldn't be reading! and then reading anyway. But it was fascinating to learn about music during the French Revolution and some of the musical connections between composers then and contemporary music. The book can't quite decide what it is, but I loved some of the characters and was grateful to know them for a while. Keep writing, Jennifer!


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"Andi Alpers is so full of grief, rage, and antidepressants that nothing matters to her anymore - nothing except playing guitar and taking care of her severely depressed mother. She's on the verge of being expelled from her exclusive prep school when her distant father intervenes, forcing Andi to accompany him on a business trip to Paris. In Paris, Andi finds the diary of Alexandrine, a young woman who lived through the French Revolution, and she becomes unexpectedly obsessed with Alexandrine's life and the historical mystery it could solve. This complex, haunting, and beautifully written novel will thrill readers who enjoy historical fiction, romance, or family dramas." Teen Scene November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=695748

Report This Aug 18, 2013
  • samdog123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Andi, our main character, is dealing with guilt after her younger brother dies in an accident. A student at a private school, she is a gifted musician. When her Father insists she accompany him to Paris to write her final thesis for school, she finds an old diary in a guitar case. The girl in the diary seems to be struggling with many of the same issues and the parallels grow and develop between Andi and the girl from the 1700's, named Alexandrine. Many excellent details about the French Revolution make this a great piece of historical fiction.

Report This Jul 24, 2013
  • ebkita rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This story flips between the present and the French Revolution. A present day 17 year old girl visiting Paris is transported to 18th century Paris and as a companion for Marie Antoinette's son. It is similar to The Lacemaker and the Princess which is told from the point of view of Marie Antoinette's daughter's compnaion.

Report This Jul 29, 2012
  • kabham rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Gateway 2012-2013 nominee. Overall a good story, but it does drag a bit--could have used some better editing. Also the first few diary entries were a bit confusing as Alex jumps back and forth between her present day (1795) and what had happened during her previous 6 years. The story will make more sense if you already know at least a bit about the French revolution--the basic names, dates, etc.

Report This Jan 03, 2012
  • d_morneau1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The idea was good, but the characters are annoying and the writing is really cheesy. The dialogue was bad, and all that angst was exasperating. Also, the only interesting part of this book was the part where she goes back in time, and that took forever to get there. Oh, and the end? How she makes some HUGE discovery in her high school thesis, and no one else had ever put two and two together? Please...

One of the best books I think I have ever read. Although it was a little long..."When are we going to get to the time travel part? I swear it said something about going back in time on the back cover..."...You can totally tell that the author put a whole lot of work into it, and that makes it such a fabulous book. Stories like these make historical fiction so much more interesting!!!

Report This Dec 12, 2011
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting book on the French Revolution, music and one girl's recovering from her young brother's death. A bit on the long side, but a good read if you take the time it requires.

Report This Jul 22, 2011
  • ontherideau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the rare books that I would think about when away from it eagerly waiting to pick it up again.

Report This Jun 30, 2011
  • jellicoeroad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book so much! The writing is just brilliant, and the writing makes the character come alive and jump out of the page. I just want to give Andi a hug :) Plus, this book takes place in Paris! And no, this book is NOT set during the french revolution, it's set during the present and Andi finds a diary from a girl who did live during the French Revolution ;)

The best book i have ever read about historyyy i recoment it 100%

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Report This Feb 29, 2012
  • 123_its_me rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

123_its_me thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Report This Feb 29, 2012
  • 123_its_me rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: swearing

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Report This Jul 03, 2012
  • kadiboo579 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Report This Dec 12, 2011
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

(Andi on visiting the Abelard Library for a school project): I was confused at first. I didn't know the drill. But I've got it figured out now. My job, here at the Abelard Library, is to get information. And Yves Bonnard's job is to stop me. Yves G. Bonnard, head archivist, aka the Great and Powerful Oz, aka the Grand Inquisitor, aka the Antichrist.

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Report This Sep 26, 2010
  • Read_at_MarkhamPL rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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