Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

78%

24 Critic Reviews

There is an emotional vividness and a delight in story that will speak strongly to teenagers.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Readers of If I Stay and Elizabeth George will love Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light. Revolution artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love; it spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

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.

Praise for Revolution:

An ABA Indies Choice Young Adult Book of the Year
An ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book
#1 Indiebound pick for fall 2010
A School Library Journal Best Book
A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
Amazon.com Best Book of the Year

[STAR] "A sumptuous feast of a novel, rich in mood, character, and emotion."--School Library Journal, Starred

[STAR] "Every detail is meticulously inscribed into a multi-layered narrative that is as wise, honest, and moving as it is cunningly worked. Readers  . . . will find this brilliantly crafted work utterly absorbing."--The Bulletin, Starred

[STAR] "Brilliantly realized, complete, and complex. The novel is rich with detail, and both the Brooklyn and Paris settings provide important grounding for the haunting and beautifully told story."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred



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About Jennifer Donnelly

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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of two adult novels, The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose, as well as the young adult novel A Northern Light, winner of Britain's prestigious Carnegie Medal, the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Award. She lives and writes full-time in upstate New York. You can visit her at www.jenniferdonnelly.com.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 498 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Revolution
All: 24 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Oct 01 2010

The novel is rich with detail, and both the Brooklyn and Paris settings provide important grounding for the haunting and beautifully told story. 

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Ned Vizzini on Nov 05 2010

“Revolution” feels less like the big book it could have been and more like a text for those wishing to learn about 18th-century French history and 21st-popular culture.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Linda Buckley-Archer on Nov 26 2010

There is an emotional vividness and a delight in story that will speak strongly to teenagers.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Sep 13 2010

Donnelly's story goes on too long, but packs in worthy stuff.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Mechele R. Dillard on Oct 25 2010

I will say that the Wizard-of-Ozish feel of the finale takes away from the overall storyline—yes, it is fiction, but a believable resolution would have taken this novel to another level.

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Book Reporter

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah S. Egelman on Oct 12 2010

REVOLUTION is a highly literary, emotional novel with elements of historical fiction, thriller and romance.

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Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Heather Fawcett on Dec 07 2010

...it has its flaws, but these do not diminish Donnelly's accomplishment in crafting such a complex yet entertaining story. Even unenthusiastic readers will find something to like about this book, while diehard Donnelly fans will find this is a novel that is sure to reward multiple readings.

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The Bookbag

Above average
Reviewed by Madeline Wheatley on Oct 05 2010

Among the many plot twists there are a couple where I suspect readers may be ahead of Andi by some distance.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Historical Novel Society on Jan 10 2010

This is easily one of the most powerful books I’ve read this year.

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BookRack

Good
Reviewed by Bookrack on Nov 29 2010

I got so deeply involved – I could feel their fear, hurt , pain.I was blown away by the details and description of the French Revolution.

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The Young Folks

Good
Reviewed by TYF on Jan 29 2011

I wish I could go on and explain the sort of unexpected (yet thought-provoking) message Donnelly relays through this story, but I don’t want to ruin the magic of the book.

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Lancaster Online

Good
Reviewed by Erin Ipsen on Jul 22 2011

This writer has a knack for creating multiple story lines within a single novel and weaving each beautifully together.

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Wovenmyst

Good
Reviewed by Hebah Abdelqader on Jan 17 2013

A story of lose, determination, love, passion, and sacrifice. This book has it all.

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The Yalsa Hub

Good
Reviewed by Mia Cabana on Apr 28 2011

The music is such an important component, transcending time and culture, that it is practically its own character.

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Alice Marvels

Good
Reviewed by Alice Marvels on Nov 22 2010

Jennifer Donnelly owes me some serious sleep. It’s almost impossible to put her latest blend of historical and contemporary fiction, Revolution, down once you’ve started it.

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YA Highway

Above average
Reviewed by Leila Austin on Dec 09 2010

It is sad, romantic, and, ultimately, hopeful. And I am so, so glad I ended up reading it after all.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Dwellingondreams138 on Dec 01 2010

I would recommend this to almost anyone. It is truly a great read and very inspiring.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by snowybutterfly on Mar 13 2014

I started reading this book the day after Christmas and finished it the day after Christmas...The imagery, throughout the book, is very vivid and clings to the reader after finishing the book.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Writer Fighter on Jan 01 2010

Reading the book was like living alongside Alexandrine Paradis.

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Gather Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Alyssa Udall on May 29 2011

You need to read this book. Even if you've already read it, read it again.

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Gather Books

Good
Reviewed by Jessica B on Oct 11 2010

The main character, Andi, is very troubled and it was easy to get caught up with her feelings and despair. Whenever she found something worth holding onto, it was portrayed in such a way that easy to feel the moments of connection she was after.

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Story Snoops

Good
Reviewed by Tiffany on Dec 01 2010

This ambitious and meaty historical fiction novel is suspenseful and compelling.

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The Argus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kylie Burchat on Jan 23 2013

This is a book that will stay with the reader long after they have finished reading it.

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Youth Services Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Alma Ramos-McDermott on Dec 06 2010

This adventurous, page-turning novel will leave readers on the edge of their seats, while making the French Revolution live once more.

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