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Revolution Paperback – July 26, 2011
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Andi's a tragic figure in many ways, and her story isn't a pretty one. Never very close to her father, a Nobel Prize winning scientist, the death of Truman drives a wedge further into their relationship, particularly once he leaves Andi and her mother for good. Andi's mother retreats into a cloud of painting and depression until Andi's father is forced to place her into a mental institution; her pain is echoed in Andi, who also finds that popping prescription anti-depressants numbs her to the guilt she feels over Truman. In a life filled with drugs and soul-rending pain, Andi considers repeatedly taking her own life; the only force of good she feels is when she can retreat into music. It is this force that draws her to Virgil, a young man she meets when she's forced by her father to go to Paris with him while her mother is institutionalized. It is there that she finds Alex's diary, and her journey back in time begins.Read more ›
Ms. Donnelly demonstrates respect for the intellect of young women. From the articulate first chapter where she describes Andi Alpers, who is not always lucid, to the final sentence, I was impressed with Andi's perception of her peers and her own insurmountable grief. Despite her haunting sorrow and guilt, she holds on to her astuteness and ability to learn. A gifted musician, Andi is suffering from the loss of her younger brother, her guilt has sent her in a tailspin of drugs and self-loathing. Donnelly captures Andi in the first few chapters and the readers are aware they are dealing with a brilliant, 17-year-old girl who is on edge of suicide and appears to be floating from minute to minute in agony. She reaches out to her mother, an artist, who cannot overcome the death of her son, Truman, and placates her with kindness and gifts. Her father, a successful Nobel Prize winning geneticist, sends her mother to a mental hospital and takes Andi to Paris. Placing her mother in a mental hospital is an affront to Andi and she fights her father for her mother's dignity. One of my favorite lines occurs when Andi corrects Dr, Becker (the hospital's psychiatrist) grammar and usage.
Her father has his rules: she is to work on her thesis to graduate from her elite school by creating a plausible outline and plan in order to graduate. So how can Andi use her brilliance to overcome her grief and re-enter the world? Her father drags her to Paris where he is working on a secret project and the story begins.Read more ›
When she discovers Alex's diary while visiting Paris over Christmas break, Andi is in a very gloomy, dark place. She still blames herself for her brother's death two years earlier, her parents are divorced, and she's failing out of her upper class private school just when she should be looking into a college. She soon becomes completely absorbed by Alex's diary, which helps her put her own grief into perspective.
Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters very much. While this novel isn't going to be for everyone I think the audience it's intended for will eat it up. I really enjoyed it, it was a fun and satisfying read.
I'm a sophomore in college and I divide my spare time between classic literature and young adult books. I was excited about the premise for this book because I love history, love time travel, and love young adult novels. I appreciated Andi and the cast of characters at the beginning. However, as I continued to read I found it harder and harder to overlook certain plot devices. By the end I was just reading so I could finish and return it to the library.
The turn for the worse began when she found the journal--the point I had been excited about all along. I'm no expert, but I read a lot of classic literature, and I feel confident enough to say that Alex's voice in her journal does not sound like the voice of an 18th Century teenager. Even the sentence structure was almost completely the same as 20th Century Alex's narrations. I was also skeptical of the journal's form. Most of the time, it didn't read like a journal, it read like excerpts from another story. Maybe it's just me, but I don't write in my journal as if I'm writing a novel, with dialog and everything. This skepticism of the journal bloomed into outright disbelief when I read the last entry. Let's just say, if I had something really, really important to write down and a limited time to do so, I would write the important thing first and go into details later.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful written! This was a fast-paced and beautifully written book! I really loved the way the two stories and time periods were intertwined. Read morePublished 20 days ago by MomReaderShopperNJ
Andi is high school, approaching graduation. Instead of this being a great time in her life, she is struggling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Boytim
This is one of my favorite YA books! The writer nails the feeling of anger and alienation of the protagonist while still making her sympathetic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AM
Captivating, heartbreaking, eye-opening, and simply beautiful.
Revolution is a superbly written story with the most beautiful message. Read more
I'm in love with Jennifer Donnelly. Her writing is clever and fulfilling. Wish I had her to read as a young reader.Published 4 months ago by diana e.
I loved this novel. It was exciting, intriguing and unpredictable. I enjoyed the authors use of contemporary and classical music throughout her account of The French Revolution.Published 4 months ago by christina jensen
Interesting plot- I was intrigued by the story & wanted to see how it was all going to come together. The writing was definitely not bad; but, it wasn't great either.Published 5 months ago by g Zwerin
At first I thought...a poor little rich kid and didn't know if I would even read the book, but a thread of the story pulled me along and kept me turning the pages... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Debbie
The bilateral storytelling in this is immensely well written.Published 7 months ago by Killian Mcrae