Jennifer Donnelly, who also wrote the acclaimed A Northern Light, weaves a tale that encompasses rock music, the French Revolution, two teenage girls from different centuries, and how it is possible to recover from soul-crushing grief. It was rumored that powerful people were plotting to free the child and rule in his name. And when she wasn't being obnoxiously self-centered, she was obnoxiously dense. You are an incredible author and I absolutely adore your work. Alex wasn't interested in what the rest of the world thought about her choices. As a new mother, I knew what a child was in a way that I had not before. Couldn’t stop wondering how the idealism of the revolution devolved into such cruelty. That's what she meant. Writing it took a piece of my heart and changed me forever. Such a cool premise, such terrible execution. 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. ― Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution. The king was dead, guillotined in January of the new year. My only complaint is that the ending felt as if it was a little bit rushed. It took me on a journey, this book, and how. Andi’s love for history briefly distracts her from the darkness within, but it’s only a short-term relief, like a drug. It took a bite out of me. Meanwhile, her father and his Parisian friend, G, are working on a project that could change European history as known – they are carrying out a DNA analysis of what could be the heart of Louis XVII – the lost king of France. With Andi it isn't so much a lack of planning as much as a lack of awareness of other people or the world around her or the consequences of her actions that got her into trouble and garnered no sympathy from me. Ten years after I first read that article in the Times, after I first saw that picture of the tiny heart in the glass urn, the book was completed. This book… is the best literary experience ever. Readers of If I Stay and Elizabeth George will love Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light. And now she blames herself for his death, as well she should, but it still does not take away from the fact that this girl is still a raging bitch with super first world problems. School Library JournalSTARRED REVIEW !, I have a genius level IQ and go to a prestigious private school and have opportunities that most people would rip their fingernails off for and BOY DOES IT SUCK, "I almost killed myself because I couldn't cope with, Ugh, this book. You can be different from the world which is brutal and stupid. A summary of this girl and her characteristics: whine whine whine, angst, whine, NO ONE UNDERSTAAAANDS MEEE! Met A Northern Light won Donnelly de Los Angeles Times Book Prize en de Carnegie Medal. 25 Dad’s not back. I just ready Revolution because one of my friends recommended it to me. You can read all about the inspiration to Revolution on the book page here. But it gave me the answer I needed. ‘The one inside, [he meant]’” (Donnelly 472). How dare he demand she do her schoolwork and try to accomplish something with all the opportunities that were handed to her? This is the sort of book that makes me go "WOW!" Time moved on. Rage and grief are destroying her. If they were scared, like when Alex was running from the guards one night after setting off fireworks, my heart was beating just as fast as if I was her at that moment. Revolution is a young adult historical fiction novel by Jennifer Donnelly about a girl named Andi Alpers who is struggling with drugs, thoughts of suicide, and the way her family has fallen apart after the death of her ten-year-old brother. So part of her certainly came from that. Jennifer Donnelly is the author of three adult novels, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose, as well as the young adult novels These Shallow Graves, Revolution, Stepsister, Poisoned and 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 Book Award. I was hoping it would end better so I could sneak out a higher rating, but it didn’t. How does one pen a review for such an exquisitely layered work of art? I did a long interview for TeenReads when the book came out that you might be interested in. (Opportunities that the evil poors don't deserve.). She's ready to be selfless and die trying to make a difference. As Andi allowed herself to get closer to people her friend asked her, “ Life’s all about the revolution isn’t it? A Best Book for Teens. Jennifer Donnelly is the author of three adult novels, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose, as well as the young adult novels These Shallow Graves, Revolution, Stepsister, Poisoned and 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 Book Award. Amazon and BN.com Best Book tags: french-revolution, kings, louis-xiv, royalty, versailles. !1!, hipster music tastes, poor me I'm rich, my dad doesn't UNDERSTAND ME! Prime. The article said that a human heart, very small and very old, that had been in a glass urn in the Basilica of St. Denis in Paris, had just undergone DNA testing and had been found to be the heart of Louis Charles, the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for. "Revolution is a sumptuous feast of a novel, rich in mood, character, and emotion." Jennifer Donnelly is the author of thirteen novels -, “Together in our house, in the firelight, we are the world made small.”, “Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? Required fields are marked *. They were very self-possessed, very smart and sophisticated, but underneath it all, they were still kids –– kids struggling with huge expectations that had been placed upon them. The main character was a raging bitch. Andi's voice was so heartbreaking, so powerfully real, that I was in her world from page one. Welcome back. I really struggled with it. On another level, it’s about the revolution inside, about the changes we as human beings go through as we struggle to make sense of our world and its tragedies. While trying to navigate my own complex and often unidentifiable feelings this story gave me some sort of hope. "Revolution is a sumptuous feast of a novel, rich in mood, character, and emotion." Like “Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him.” ― Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution. Readers of If I Stay and Elizabeth George will love Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light. We were told everything about Andi’s life one year later. One never knowing the other. I went searching for Amadé Malherbeau and his music, wanting to hear the music that Andi felt so deeply. I personally. Of course, being a “depressed artist” doesn’t fly with the authorities – Andi is almost denied her chance to graduate and her father, despite her protests, takes her to Paris with him to live with their old friends while she works on her thesis on a (fictional) French composer Amade Malherbeau and the influence of his work on modern music. At the age of ten. I’m so glad they did. The deep, sorrowful tunes of old and new masters of music, as well as Andi’s own compositions, fill her iPod and her seemingly empty heart. Her father is called to Paris because a colleague of his, a famous historian, needs his help in identifying a shriveled up heart encased in crystal that might just belong to the young Louis XVII, the son of King Louis XVI, who was guillotined in the French Revolution. I like your interpretation. The latter is the only one of three things she loves left in this world – her brother is gone, her mother is handling things even worse and her Nobel Prize winner of a father has left them. So I started in. They already read Octavia Butler’s Kindred- and Sharon Draper’s Copper Sun- So you text is next- I am excited- Thank you for writing this text. This is a hard one to review. Jesus Christ the girl was a bitch. Parents' Choice Silver Award The dreadful pictures of maimed soldiers and civilians coming out of Iraq made me weep. Needless to say, that article really upset me. The historical part rocks. Without enough food or a fire. It is literary and lyrical like "A Northern Light," but edgier. I remembered that article I’d cut out of the Times – the one on Louis Charles – and I fished it out of its folder. A summary of this girl and her characteristics: whine whine whine, angst, whine, NO ONE UNDERSTAAAANDS MEEE! It’s especially meaningful to hear that it affected you as it did – writing Revolution was a deep and difficult journey for me (I have said many times that it took a piece of my heart), and I’m so touched to hear that it’s appreciated. I recognized the feeling – it’s how I feel when a book is starting inside me. It reignited my love for History. I get that she's grieving o. Andi Alpers, a troubled Brooklyn teen, is always one step away from the edge. When I was reading the chapter where Alex has little Louis Charles on her back and they are pounding on the glass trying to get the King to open the door I felt as though I was there with her. The melancholy undertone carries through the entire book, even when Andi wasn't thinking about the personal tragedy that decimated her family and her own peace of mind. Louis-Charles was Characters. Most would have told her to leave her prince in that tower and save herself, but she would rather risk it all to let him know someone cared. Andi struggles with this death, unable to put it behind her. Try. As heir to the throne, he was seen as a threat by the revolutionaries. About Jennifer Donnelly. Originally I just grabbed it off of the shelf to do finish my school project, and I am truly so happy I did that. You can’t change history. Alle boeken van Jennifer Donnelly in één overzicht met boekomslag, flaptekst en publicatie historie. No, none of us can really step back in time to live out the life of an obscure historical criminal just to see how the story ends. I finished the other books. , I was reading this book and I felt a strong connection between the characters I felt like I was there. And I hope that maybe it will do that for my readers… and for you. Getting my hands around the causes and factions and power plays of the Revolution was a huge challenge.