Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Not being a YA fan, I wouldn't have picked this up if it wasn't by Jennifer Donnelly. It didn't convert me, but it was definitely another good one from Donnelly.

Revolution shifts back and forth between a modern day teenager named Andi from Brooklyn and a young girl named Alex living through the French Revolution. The point of view from Alex is from her diary, which Andi finds while in Paris with her father.

Andi is depressed. Her brother Truman was killed, her father left the family and her mother still hasn't recovered from Truman's death. There's a lot of angst from Andi. And after a small incident at home, Andi goes to Paris with her father, who is going there for work.

Upon finding Alex's diary, Andi finds a connection with the girl that lived over 200 years before. She discovers the sacrifice and loyalty that the young 18th century girl possessed and becomes emotionally invested in finding out what happened to her.

The first 90 or so pages kind of lagged for me, but once we got to the diary, I was hooked. I couldn't read fast enough. The story got more and more emotional as it went on. And the last part of the story was heartbreaking, but was probably my favorite part.

Another winner from Jennifer Donnelly.


Passages to the Past said...

Great review Christy! I am not a typical YA reader either, but I just had to read this because I love Jennifer Donnelly and I am so glad I was fantastic! Glad to see you liked it as well!

Julie said...

I've had this one on my wishlist for a while, based on other "adult" reviewers' reviews!