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The Art of Rebellion

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Art is Gabrielle's passion, but her parents have other plans for her future-marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron's trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion. ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 15th 2016 by Rebelight Publishing Inc.
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Oh, how I loved this book! I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and throughout my 38 or so years of reading, it has always been one of my top two favorites (going back and forth, at different times in my life, with sci-fi/fantasy). Actually, this book reminded me a lot of one of my favorites of recent years, A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller. The story had a different setting and was told differently, but there were some similarities: young woman who wants to be an artist escapes her ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks so much to the author for giving me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Even though this book is set in the early 1900s and is considered a historical fiction, it still had some themes and views that are very much still prevalent in today's society. I think that this aspect helps to keep people who aren't necessarily regular readers of historical fiction, such as myself, interested in the story.

At it's basic level, this is a book of a girl, Gabriel
Susan Keefe
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful story is set in 1900, where Gabrielle, a young woman who is about to be forced into marriage with a lot older man, the Baron d’Argente, is waiting for a train at Laval station. Unable to bear her decreed fate, and with dreams of being an artist, the beautiful Gabrielle has decided to flee the family home, and travel to Paris. Once there she intends to find her grandmother, and stay with her whilst she studies at the prestigious art Académie Julian.

However, when she arrives at the
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: france, history, paris
Gabrielle is not like her older sisters, who can’t wait to be married off and become obeying wives to titled husbands. For Gabrielle, art is her passion and as a married woman she knows studying art would be impossible, so she runs away to Paris, the prospect of her promised marriage to an older man too much to contemplate. She plans to live with her Grandmother, study art at college and become an artist, proving to her overbearing mother that she is destined to become more than just a wife. It ...more
Elizabeth Grotkowski
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I sat down with this book on the beach and one sunburn later I was still immersed in the adventure of a remarkable girl with a passion for art, living in Paris during the “Belle Epoch” What a beautifully written book. Usually, I wince when I pick up a historical YA novel. Either the characters act and speak as if they’re from the contemporary era, ignoring conventions of the day, or they have a stilted, stereotypical voice which is off-putting and hard to identify with.
It doesn’t happen in th
L.T. Getty
Set in France in about 1900, The Art of Rebellion follows a young aspiring artist trying to make her place in the world, besot by family obligation and societal demands on a young woman, as well as a changing world that offers new opportunities for her to go beyond the demands of her societal station. When she catches the eye of a baron, Gabrielle (Gabbi) is quickly promised despite her objections, and realizing that she needs a champion to help her change her fate. She flees her provincial home ...more
Erika Messer
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For those who love the Victorian style of writing and a tiny bit of Steampunk thrown in the mix then this book is for you. Gabrielle has travelled to Paris to find her grandmother after running away from everything she has known - going from her small country life straight into the bustling city. She meets some new and intriguing people along the way including the scheming Babette, who offers to help her in exchange for taking all her money, leaving Gabrielle with next to nothing in a city she d ...more
Gabrielle is determined to make her dreams come true. She wants to be a successful artist. However, her parents have a different path for her in mind. They want her to marry a baron, who is thrice years older than her. Desperate to flee her wretched fate of unhappiness, Gabrielle makes a rash decision to flee to Paris to live with her grandmother and study art. However, when she arrives in Paris, she finds that her grandmother is no longer in her former residence. With this setback, Gabrielle is ...more
Maddy Martinelli
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would first like to thank Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review and including me in the blog tour for this novel! This novel takes place in Paris, 1900 and follows the story of a young girl named Gabrielle as she takes her life into her own hands and makes a name for herself in the City of Lights. I would have to say that this is not the regular type of novel that I read, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed th ...more
J.M. Dover
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Rebellion is a beautifully written and engaging story about a young woman’s artistic passions in a time when society expected women to marry and bear children, not pursue their dreams.

The author’s well researched descriptions transport us to the famous landmarks and the everyday places of early 20th century France. The small details about hair and clothing styles put us in Gabrielle’s shoes.

Gabbi takes us on a fast paced, courageous ride as she attempts to fulfill her dreams. The twi
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've read YA. From the start I was rooting for Gabrielle, cringing at the Baron, and the staunch demands of her mother. I cheered when she ran away, and agonized to see her making her decisions, knowing that she'd suffer some. But then, that's what growing up is, isn't it? Or at least, what it should be. I admire her determination, even when she has no money and is in a dangerous situation. More people should have such willpower.

Brenda Joyce Leahy brings 19th Century Pari
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great history wrapped up in a story of courage and hard lessons. Explicit detail of fashion and Parisian life at the turn of the century. Gabrielle is head strong and far too trusting and has to get herself out of some sticky situations.
Gabriele Goldstone
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book's plucky protagonist kept me engaged, along with a fast-moving plot. It was such a fun read and I learned about a time and place I knew little about. Feminism, art and romance all entwined into a fantastic YA novel. ...more
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