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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
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Nov 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: french-revolution, fiction, historical-fiction, time-travel
Read in November, 2010

This is the first Donnelly novel I've read and it was quite good, although it wasn't at all what I expected. I expected a straight historical fiction tale set in the French Revolution. Instead, it's more the story of a modern-day angst-ridden teen who is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after her brother dies in a tragic accident.

Trying to heal herself, Andi finds herself in Paris where she discovers the diary of a girl who lived during the French Revolution. From there, the novel switches back and forth between present day and diary entries which take you back to the Revolution.

Donnelly's writing is full of wit and intelligence and even if this particular novel wasn't perfect (more emphasis on modern day protagonist than the history, in my opinion), it's still worth reading. Her characters are very well thought-out and three dimensional, which is a necessary ingredient for losing yourself in a story. While I didn't necessarily like Andi all that much, that is a testament to Donnelly's skill.

All in all, this is more a coming-of-age story with a lot of the French Revolution thrown in for good measure. If you're looking for straight historical fiction, this one isn't for you. But if you like a story with a present-day setting with some history thrown into the plot, you'll enjoy it.
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11/25/2010 page 50
11/25/2010 page 136
29.0% "interesting mix of modern day and the French Revolution....much less of a HF novel than I thought it was going to be (but that's not necessarily a bad thing!)."
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Carey Half way thru, Michele. I like it too but her adult historicals are waaaayyyyy better. (Tea Rose & Winter Rose). Almost stopped reading this one at the beginning, can't belive there are kids (and a school) like that out there in the world.

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