Saturday, May 12, 2012

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly Review

I've been trying to post books that I read in the past, that are still very popular(also not so popular), but I just wanted to get all the books that I've read in the past half year out of the way, before I got into really big present books.

Andy Alpers is on the edge. She's angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and angry at the world for taking her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And her father has determined that Andi's accompanying him to Paris over winter break is the solution to everything.
But Paris a city of ghosts for Andi. And when she finds a centuries-old diary, the ghosts begin to walk off the page. Alexandrine, the owner of the journal, knew heartbreak also, and Andi finds comfort in the girl's words. Until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

At the beginning of this book it felt very dark. It felt like there was a dense layer of soot from me to the main character/protagonist and it wasn't very pleasant. I tried to get through the first few chapters because I had hope in the book. Mostly, because I saw a review from a book vlogger on youtube. Her channel is theebookmonster and she makes really high quality videos about books and she's about 14 from what I can conjure up. So I did get through the soot and it was a great relief. Andi's personality was something to get use to and from the summary above you may understand that she's not the happiest of people in the world. The characters around her, for example her father and mother were characters that I had a strong interest in and I wished Jennifer Donnelly would have expanded on their relationship and delved deep into it. On the other hand the old diary Andi finds of a girl also her age, but during the French revolution was incredibly eye opening and informational. Alexandrine's experience felt incredibly personal and I felt like it was too personal and I was invading someone else's private life, but in truth it was opening someone's whole entire feeling of confusion and loving through a book. Alexandrine was my favorite character and her strength and stubborness although may be big in other young adult fiction book was different because it was centuries ago  and the eyes of someone centuries ago fascinates me.

Now, of course this was all of Jennifer Donnelly's work I give her props for staying historically accurate and I love how authors keep it real, while the general public can fantasize over their magnificent dresses in hollywood movies and actors. Jennifer Donnelly is an adult fiction writer so some of the word choice was challenging at times, but nothing that I couldn't handle. I am glad to say that I picked up a million of flying words in my head that I now use in my writing and day to day conversations with friends and family. Jennifer Donnelly is one of my favorite authors from this book because her unique writing style and characters gravitate me to her books, though I haven't bought or read any other novel of her's. She also wrote A Northern Light, which was her debut young adult novel and one prestigious awards.

Love. Loss. Liberty. is on the back of the copy of the book I have and I think that it captures the novel completely. There isn't much to say afterwards, but of course there is a summary for those who will not pick up a book from just three words. I must say I'm one of those people. I don't believe the hype and most of the times I try not to join in the biggest new crave of band boys (you know what I'm talking about) or the huge franchise of books that kids my age only read to be "in the cool crowd". I despise some people that are  everything of that, so finding an amazing per se not so popular book is one of my biggest joys in life.

As a result, I give Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly a high five and maybe a shriek of excitement if I ever get to see her. It was a pleasure reading the lives of Andi Alpers and my favorite character Alexandrine. 

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