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4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  24,237 Ratings  ·  3,702 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Ember (first published October 12th 2010)
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Sonja Astrakhan Well the whole point of the story is to draw parallels between Andy's reality and the French Revolution, so she is like Alex, Truman is like…moreWell the whole point of the story is to draw parallels between Andy's reality and the French Revolution, so she is like Alex, Truman is like Louis-Charles, and so on. You can interpret who the character's in her life would've been in the 18th century any way you like. (less)

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Maggie Stiefvater
Before I say anything else, let me get this out of the way: Jennifer Donnelly, don’t read this.

I know that she might be, because even though authors often say they do not read their reviews, I am an author and have secret knowledge of author-behavior and know that this means that they often do.

This is not a bad review, but I don’t want Jennifer Donnelly to read it because I want one day for us to sit together at a conference and be best friends and talk about dead people, prose, and minor chord
Sep 12, 2010 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of extra-emo YA, music
I thought Jennifer Donnelly's debut YA novel A Northern Light was remarkable and well deserving of Printz Honor. I don't think Revolution is worthy of winning any major awards no matter how earnestly it tries to be original and important and how heavily it is promoted as the next big thing. I am just not sold on its merits, even though I understand my personal dislike of certain things in literature might be interfering with my assessment of the novel.

I don't have any problems with Donnelly's wr
Oct 15, 2010 Ralph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is staggeringly good. It is literary and lyrical like "A Northern Light," but edgier. I think Donnelly takes more risks here: in characterization (Andi is a handful, to say the least), subject matter (the horrors of the French Revolution are at times excruciating to read) and structure (contemporary and historical plot lines are mashed together -- which, of course, is the point: the world goes on stupid and brutal, just like it always has).

What I'm most struck by is how nuanced and la
Nov 21, 2010 Annalisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: YA book club
Beginning to end, I hated the main character. Hate is a strong word and I didn't feel that strongly about her, but I didn't sympathize with her one iota. I kept thinking of that saying "a lack of planning on your part doesn't make for an emergency on my part." 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. I get that she's grieving o ...more
EDIT ON 9/13: Gahhhh, I want to read this book ALL OVER AGAINNNN.

Original Review:

When I found out about Revolution, I positively went mental with excitement. Jennifer Donnelly had me utterly in love with her writing and characters in A Northern Light(ALL OF YOU NEED TO READ THAT BOOK! IT'S AMAZING! Ahem), and Revolution sounded absolutely amazing. It didn’t hurt that it snagged glowing review after glowing review, which only whet my wanting for it.

And then...when I finally was able to attain it,
How does one pen a review for such an exquisitely layered work of art? Revolution reads like sadness feels. It’s throbbing, aching, raw, desolate and poignant. In short, it’s lovely and extraordinary in scope.

Revolution is a juxtaposition between two 17 year old girls set worlds and over two centuries apart. Nevertheless, these girls are bound by their love of music and a tangible guilt they both feel as a result of their own perceived selfishness. Andi and Alex each provide an astonishing portr
Jun 23, 2011 Nomes marked it as graveyard-of-abandoned-books  ·  review of another edition
Made it to page 200. And... that's it.

The story is *just* starting to get fascinating, but unfortunately I cannot see myself enjoying this enough to keep wading through it.

The beginning was incredibly slow, and far too suicidal-emo (without stirring any compassion in me) for me to connect to our depressive narrator.

I also found it text book style info-dumpy in parts (regarding music and the French history). This did not help me feel transported into the story.

The French revolution-y part of
2.50 /5
in the beginning was just perfect and interesting but after that ?????? I hate it I decided stop read it
Nov 16, 2010 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own, blog
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly is a vivid and captivating book filled with feeling. If you haven't yet read anything by Donnelly, I seriously think you are missing out, and I strongly recommend you fix that. Now.

Revolution is the story of Andi, an intelligent, talented girl who should have her whole future ahead of her. She's always been smart, has done well in school and is a gifted musician- able to play guitar and write her
Mar 10, 2012 Lyndz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyndz by: Ann
This is a hard one to review. There were parts of Revolution that I liked and there were parts I had a hard time looking past. I was hoping it would end better so I could sneak out a higher rating, but it didn’t.

First off, let’s start on the positive side; Jennifer Donnelley’s writing style was enjoyable to read. I liked her ability to take 2 different stories, -one from present day and one from the 18th century French revolution- and blend them together seamlessly and keep the flow and the int
Morgan F
Andi Alpers, a troubled Brooklyn teen, is always one step away from the edge. The only thing keeping her going over is her love of music, but even that doesn't seem enough at times. Two years ago her younger brother, the glue keeping her family together, died. Now her mother, a talented French painter, is suffering from a psychotic break down, and her father, a workaholic scientist, refuses to acknowledge his old family while he lives a new life. Andi is content with flunking out of her prestigi ...more
This is the sort of book that makes me go "WOW!" In fact Revolution is one of the 2 books this year, that left me speechless.

Being a book lover , I have liked some books, loved some of them. Every now and then comes along a book that makes me realize why I love reading so much. Revolution , for me , is that sort of a book.

Revolution is about two young girls, living two centuries apart - Andi and Alexandrine.Andi is a high school senior at a super exclusive school. On the surface she has a perfec
Jan 21, 2013 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, this book. Such a cool premise, such terrible execution. The main character was a raging bitch. A summary of this girl and her characteristics: whine whine whine, angst, whine, NO ONE UNDERSTAAAANDS MEEE!!1!, hipster music tastes, poor me I'm rich, my dad doesn't UNDERSTAND ME!!, 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 ...more
Oct 11, 2010 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my smile is a rifle
Recommended to Mariel by: children of the revolution
"Oh, dead man, you're dead wrong," I tell him. "The world goes on stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can't you see? I do not."

That line is the best part of the whole book. The problem with this book is that the ability to understand what message is being told is easier than taking that intimacy inside of you and making it your own heartbreak. You know what they say about forgetting what you learned immediately after the test is over? You didn't really earn it. Experience can beat all, and it doesn
This is the second of Donnelly's books that I've read, the first being A Northern Light (or if you're in the UK, "A Gathering Light") which I loved. I loved the wordplay and the characters and the story... it was just beautiful to me, with a bit of innocence almost.

This story is nothing like that, but if anything, I like it more for it. There are some similarities between the two stories, though. Each features a girl who stumbles upon a link to the past that is surrounded by mystery. Each featu
4.5 stars

Someone once told me that people tend to like tragedy more than happily ever after stories because it is more realistic. That got me thinking Was it true? Are we really satisfied when a book or a story ends in tragedy? When the guy doesn't get the girl or when things end in the worst possible way. Think about Shakespeare. He is more famous for his classics like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and King Lear than his As you like it, All is well that ends well and many of his ot
Lisa Vegan
Dec 23, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all historical fiction fans; those who have a fascination with the guillotine (which I don’t but…)
Wow! This story, two intertwining stories actually, was very effective storytelling. It was a fabulous way to tell a historical fiction story.

It’s about two young women in their late teens, Andi who’s living in the 21st century and Alex who’s living in the 18th century, during the time of the French Revolution. We learn about Alex as Andi is reading her diary.

Does every main character in young adult books have to be extraordinary to be interesting to the reader?! When I first started this, that
Jan 12, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me at "Hello." Andi's voice was so heartbreaking, so powerfully real, that I was in her world from page one. 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.

But while this was at times so sad it brought me to tears, it was ultimately a story of hope, inner strength, and the healing power of love. A story, as Donnelly herself said in an interview, that is "...abou
”I am not afraid of beatings or blood anymore. I’m not afraid of guards or guillotines.
There is only one thing I fear now - love.
For I have seen it and I have felt it and I know that it is love, not death, that undoes us.”

Holy shit. What did I just read?

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly goes right up there with novels like I Am the Messenger, A Northern Light (also written by her), and Jellicoe Road. And trust me, I do not honor any book with as prestigious a rank as this.

I really do not know
Nov 08, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

I read and loved Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light earlier this year, and I looked forward to reading her second (?) YA novel, Revolution after I got a taste of her writing prowess. There were only two things that stopped me from reading it: (1) I still shy away from historicals and (2) the book looked so daunting with its size and length. I didn't think I would be able to read it for Required Reading last month as I'm jet-setting all around, but I'm really
Andi is broken. She is failing school and failing life. Since the death of her brother, all she cares about is music. Taken to Paris by her estranged father, she makes a discovery there that could transform everything. Hidden in the compartment of an old guitar case is a lost diary from Revolutionary France.

After reading The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly and absolutely loving it, I decided to read another one of her books. I had high expectations with this book. I thought the synopsis on the ba
Jun 07, 2010 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two girls, one from the past and one from the present, whose destinies become intertwined. Well, I've seen that plot plenty of times before, so I figured Revolution had to really deliver with the characters and the details.

It does. In the beginning, I wasn't sure about it--the writing was good, but the present-day teen characters were rich and sort of pretentious. But in the end, I think that's a parallel to the situation of the French aristocracy, and when Andi finds the diary of a girl during
Aug 23, 2016 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-fiction
Διάβασα πέρσι Το Τριανταφυλλάκι και το βρήκα υπερβολικό σε πάρα πολλά σημεία που αφορούσαν τις σωματικές, διανοητικές και ψυχικές δυνατότητες της ηρωίδας συν μία υπερβολική καλοτυχία. Μου άρεσε όμως το πάθος της κεντρικής ηρωίδας που είναι διάχυτο σε όλο το έργο και δέχθηκα κάθε υπερβολή της με συμπάθεια γιατί ήταν μία υπερβολή μεταδοτική που σε ενέπνεε για να αναζητήσεις και να ζήσεις και εσύ κάτι το διαφορετικό. Για αυτό και διάβασα ευχάριστα το Βόρειο Σέλας το οποίο έχει πολλά καλά στοιχεία. ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to give Revolution some time to digest before I could review it. I had a hard time with the beginning of the book. The first time I tried to listen to it, I had to go on to something else. Actually, I had to go on to several something elses. As the mother of a teen, I had a really hard time with the way the book normalized teen drinking and drug use. Most of the teens I've known don't drink or use drugs, and I would hate to have them think it's okay because that's what the really cool, sma ...more
Tara Chevrestt
I couldn't stand this book. I struggled and struggled and struggled and made it to page 200 before declaring I could take no more.

Why: I couldn't stand the main character, the modern day heroine, Andi. I get that her brother died and her mother is nuts (everybody else around her is weird too, either high or wiping up bird poop), but is that any reason to treat every adult around you like excrement? She is wallowing in self pity, addicted to mental drugs, and does nothing but complain, pop pills
Ξεκίνησε καλά.
Στα μισά όμως χαθηκα στην ακαταπαυστη πολυλογία για τη γαλλική επανάσταση.
Πλησιάζοντας στο τέλος,ξενερωσα εντελώς με τα τεχνάσματα της Ντονελλι.
Στον δε επίλογο, σκέφτηκα πως δε μπορεί,το DNA του Χόλυγουντ έχει ρίζες βαθιές σε πολλούς αμερικανούς -και όχι μόνο- συγγραφείς....
Όμως θα ήταν άδικο να μην αναφέρω πόσο καλά στήνει το σκηνικό που βάζει τους ήρωές της η συγγραφέας....γι'αυτό κ τα 2 αστέρια.
Nhi Nguyễn
Một cốt truyện có vẻ là quá quen thuộc: cô gái trẻ người Mỹ Andi mang vết thương lòng từ cái chết của người em trai mà cô cho rằng là lỗi của mình, để rồi phải phụ thuộc vào những viên thuốc an thần và âm nhạc để tìm chút bình yên. Sau đó, cô theo cha sang Paris khi ông đi công tác, coi như là một cách để cô cải thiện tình hình hiện tại của mình và hoàn tất luận văn tốt nghiệp trung học. Trong một lần tình cờ mở hộp đàn guitar ở nhà một người quen là bạn của cha, cô phát hiện ra những trang nhật ...more
Chicco Padovan
Non amo i commenti lunghi, ma la trama di questo libro merita di essere raccontata.

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I find writing reviews for books I love quite intimidating really. I feel overwhelmed with the task of ever doing a book justice that I want everyone to read. And then there’s always the risk that if you gush too much, it’s going to turn people off, or build their expectations so high that when they do pick the book up they can’t help but be a little disappointed. But perhaps I’m over thinking it too much.

I had never read anything by Jennifer Donnelly before and didn’t know quite what to expect
Jun 24, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Our protagonist, Andi Alpers, is grieving over the death of her younger brother Truman. She is struggling to overcome her misplaced guilt and the only thing getting her through the days is medication and music. 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. The deep, sorrowful tunes of old and new masters of music, as well as Andi’s own compositions, fill ...more
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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of eleven novels - Lost in a Book, These Shallow Graves, Sea Spell, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose - and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and attended the University of Rochester where she majored in English Liter ...more
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“Together in our house, in the firelight, we are the world made small.” 1125 likes
“Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.” 396 likes
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