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Revolution
Revolution | Jennifer Donnelly
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. Shes 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 shes 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 didnt wantand couldnt escape. Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrines diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. Theres comfort and distraction for Andi in the journals antique pagesuntil, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrines 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 From the Hardcover edition.
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GirlNamedJesse
Revolution | Jennifer Donnelly
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Why, yes, I did order a replacement copy of one of my all-time favorite books for my library so that it has a better cover. 🙌

mdemanatee Man I still have the hardcover of this one 1y
GirlNamedJesse @mdemanatee Me, too! In my personal collection, anyway. It was out of print with our vendor when I purchased the replacement. :( 1y
mdemanatee @GirlNamedJesse I‘m glad it‘s still kicking! I remember I read A Northern Light in either 8th grade or as a Freshman but it was the Tea Rose that really got me. I should revisit that sometime 1y
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emmaturi
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I have had this book for a few years, glad I read it now! Set in two timelines, Andi lives in Brooklyn with her mum with heartbroken over the death of Truman, brother and son. Her father left them and she may be about to get expelled from school. Her father returns and takes her to Paris. Alexandrine lives at the time of the French revolution, we learn about her life, through a dairy Andi finds. I enjoyed it and love any story set in Paris! #books

vlwelser This is one of my favorite books. ❤🇫🇷 2y
emmaturi Very enjoyable! @vlwelser 2y
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emmaturi
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So reading the tagged book, and then will start the other one! #reading

MarriedtoMrT I loved Revolution! 2y
emmaturi I am enjoying it and learning lots about the French Revolution! @MarriedtoMrT 2y
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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THE DETAILS✎
❐ PARIS SETTING BOTH 1790'S AND PRESENT DAY
❐ DUAL POV'S -ONE PRESENT (ANDI) & ONE PAST (ALEX)
❐ A SENIOR THESIS PROJECT
❐ FRENCH REVOLUTION
❐ MUSICALLY INFLUENCED BOTH MODERN & CLASSICAL
❐ TIME-TRAVELING OR JUST A REALLY VIVID DREAMSCAPE
A historical story immersed within a modern story with a dollop of romance, plenty of music references, time-travel, and one broken family trying to cope with the pain of losing someone they love.

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ravenlee
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I kept trying, despite my immediate dislike, but 41 pages in and I just can‘t get into it. I‘ve had this ARC forever. I read These Shallow Graves a couple years ago and it was ok, but should have been better. This one, I‘m really struggling with all the substance abuse. It‘s one of my triggers - I hate YA that normalizes drug use. Giving up and looking for something else.

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Chrissyreadit
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cobwebmoth I haven't read any of them. I'm up for whichever one you feel like.☺ 4y
Bookish_AF So I‘m not in your group but I just had to stop in to say Scythe is soooo good!!! 4y
Chrissyreadit @whippoorwill815 I have heard that! It‘s high on my list but I was worried everyone had read it already- 4y
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Avanders I haven‘t read any of these either — they all work for me! 4y
TK421 I haven't read any of these books. Several are on my TBR, so choose whatever you like. I'll happily read any of these! 4y
Chrissyreadit @TK421 @cobwebmoth @Avanders great! I‘m leaning towards scythe. 4y
minkyb I am not in your group but they all look good to me lol. scythe is excellent! Enjoy. 4y
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Jschultzems
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(Disclaimer: I listened to the audio) Revolution was an odd, but beautifully written, story about a young girl who travels to Paris with her father and in her attempts to revolt against parental guidance, finds friendship, love, and a connection with a girl of similar age from the French Revolution through a diary. Some parts were a bit fantastical, but overall, the book had a good rhythm and proper balance of detail.

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PenguinInFlight
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Overall, I liked this book. I felt some of the language in the diary entries was too modern for Revolution era France, and there was a part at the end where I was to seriously suspend some disbelief (I think the book as a whole would have been better without that part), but I did and still enjoyed it. There were a lot of parts I absolutely loved, and a few that made me roll my eyes. Overall, a good read. 3/5🌟

callielafleur I really loved huge portions of Revolution, but I agree, the end and the journal entries were the weak parts of the story. I feel like it would make a good movie though. 4y
PenguinInFlight @callielafleur There was so much I loved, and then BAM! Totally pulled away from the magic, LOL. I can definitely see it as a movie...I think it would be amazing. I‘m starting Shallow Graves now, by the same author. 4y
callielafleur @PenguinInFlight I can't wait to see what you think! If you like it, I'll definitely add it to my TBR! 4y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Interesting...there were parts I liked, parts I loved and parts I hated. I wish the exploration of the French Revolution would've been more than just the last 1/4 of the book. The main character is...boy oh boy...she is the definition of baggage and I kinda hated her. I wanted more of the historical stuff and less of the inner blaming of tragedy (it got pretty exhausting very quickly). Really interesting info about music!

Chasing_Pages I just finished this on audio and completely agree with your review. I loved the Alex parts a lot more than the Andy parts, but I too was more interested in the revolution aspect. 5y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I'm hoping I enjoy this as much as These Shallow Graves

UglyOldBat I enjoyed this one 5y
callielafleur I've read it twice, loved it both times. 5y
ghosthost I loved that one. 5y
introvertedbooks Loved it❤ 5y
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Chasing_Pages
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I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed the two narrators for the two POV. I love the intermixing of the two time periods and how relatable the two girls are to each other with two centuries between them. I gave this book 3.5-4 ⭐️

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RavenQ
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This was a very intriguing book that managed to meld both modern reality and historical events seamlessly. The main character is quite flawed, but she finds a girl quite like her who lived during the French Revolution. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning of new and more in-depth ways to learn about historical events.

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lynneamch Love this author. My first and fave was 4y
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sammisho
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Mehso-so

I finished this and just thought "meh". It had the potential to be a really gripping story, but missed the mark.

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tarabu42
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Theater kids, musicians, outsiders who want to be part of something, goodies who wonder what kind of adventures they might be missing out on - Ghosts, time travel, an unidentified piece of a possibly royal corpse, and a party in the Paris Catacombs. Revolution: come for the drama, stay for the redemption. #riotgrams #day5 #royalty #historicalfiction #hardcover #analog #france #bourgeois #paris #marieantoinette #revolution #archivistproblems

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sammisho
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Reading and waiting for Justin

alisiakae Ditto! 5y
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julesG
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Andi does not #WantToGoToParis. Once she's there, she discovers the diary of a young woman who lived two hundred years ago.

#HeartsAndHardcovers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This looks I would love it!!! Stacked 📚 5y
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Aswenson
Revolution | Jennifer Donnelly
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Just when I want to give up on this overly dramatic YA book for my HS book clubbers, the author throws me a bone, er, a coconut. #montypython #teensprobablywontgetit

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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What does this say about those of us who prefer to wear coats in the cold? 😜

#quotsynov17 #aura

JSW I‘ll settle for pretty and warm, thank you. 😝 5y
Clare-Dragonfly I prefer being cute (and warm) over being beautiful ☺️ 5y
freyaheart I must be ugly af, I hate being cold 5y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @JSW @Clare-Dragonfly I‘m all for being warm. I‘m gonna look how I look, aura or not. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @freyaheart Aww. No you‘re not ugly! ❤️ 5y
AiBBot I am with you @freyaheart I must be putrid af! I adore my coats/sweaters/scarfs/toques/mittens/long underwear/wool slippers. 5y
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MarriedtoMrT
Revolution | Jennifer Donnelly
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This is my pick for #TravelingTuesday for so many reasons. After a tragedy strikes, Andi‘s estranged dad makes her travel with him from New York to Paris. There she finds a diary of a girl living during French Revolution times and gets caught in her story. There may be some time travel (or is there?)

Also, I was on a plane traveling to my first conference (YA Lit) when I started this book and finished it before I returned home. #TRW2017

athorne This cover is gorgeous. 5y
moranadatter I loved this book! The cover on the edition I read was nowhere near that pretty though. 5y
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abbiereadsbooks
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Jennifer Donnelly is one of my all-time favorite authors! She just came out with a new book that's basically Beauty & The Beast fanfic and I can't wait to read it! #17booklove #authorilove

MarriedtoMrT Love Revolution! ❤ 6y
abbiereadsbooks @MarriedtoMrT Have you read any of her others? A Northern Light and the Tea Rose series are some of my favorite historical fiction ever! 6y
MarriedtoMrT @abbiereadsbooks I read and really liked A Northern Light. I haven't read any of her adult yet. I'll add it to my list! 6y
BookswithTea The Tea Rose is one of my all-time favorites! Loved the whole series. I also love her YA, especially These Shallow Graves. I just got the new one and can't wait to read it! 6y
lynneamch Love her. Just finished Beauty before gifting to my 13-yr-old granddaughter. Hope she enjoys it as much as I did. ⚘😊 6y
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AccioTARDIS
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One of my all time favorite books!

Libby1 In my TBR! 6y
AccioTARDIS @Libby1 you'll love it! 6y
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Lauren.Hughes
Revolution | Jennifer Donnelly
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This is my current audiobook for my commute to work. I often find myself getting frustrated with the main character, but am fascinated by the bits about music and the French Revolution.

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erinreads
Revolution | Jennifer Donnelly
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Work has been crazy busy for me and I can't even get a break over the weekend. ☹️ Luckily, the ice today switched my meeting to a webinar, so now I get to do it from the comfort of my bed and I already finished my part so now I'm "working" hard. ??‍♀️

Merethebookgal That stinks, but at least you're finding the silver lining! 6y
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erinreads
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My current read is a #blameitonlitsy read, but I don't remember who I heard about it from. So if it was you, this better be good! 😎 I haven't gotten to any time traveling yet, so I know it should pick up soon!

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DogMomIrene
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Loving #PhotoADayNov16. Found MANY #OneWordTitles...

I read this intriguing piece of historical fiction back in 2010. Loved how modern-day Andi defied cliche of depressed teen, and Donnelly's skill at weaving Andi's storyline with a character from 1795 France was impressive. And ambiguous. Was I reading about time travel or black outs? Loved it!

I remembered that I was going to read more Donnelly; I haven't. Should I pick up The Tea Rose next?

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Great narrative. Could have used more time travel.

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He clicks his tongue. The fables have failed you. Once upon a time never was. There's no kindly huntsman. No fairy godmother. There's only the wolf. Grown bold now, he strolls the streets of Paris picking his teeth with an infant's rib. Nothing changes, Sparrow.

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Meghan1
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Overall I liked this book quite a bit. I felt the beginning was slow but it picked up after about 100 pages and then I couldn't put it down.

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lizzieshouv
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Excellent writing and imaginative story. Found the pacing to be slightly off and the twist to be a bit excessive, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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BookNerdBritt
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Posting this as a blurb since I want to keep reviews to books I've read since joining Litsy, but here's my #Recommendsday pick! Andi, struggling with the death of her brother, finds the diary of Alex, who served the royal family during the French Revolution; their stories weave together brilliantly.

moranadatter Great pick! I loved this one. I tore through it in one sitting. 6y
BookNerdBritt @kmdartist Jennifer Donnelly is one of my faves! I've read everything but her middle-grade mermaid series - curious to see how it stacks up compared to her historical fiction. 6y
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