Saturday, August 11, 2012

"Revolution" - Review
I am interrupting my series of posts on "Maddigan's Fantasia" to express the enjoyment I experienced in the holidays while reading Jennifer Donnelly's novel, "Revolution."

"Revolution" gives a first-person insight into the life of eighteen-year-old Andi, who is struggling to cope with the sadness induced by the loss of her younger brother in a road accident. Driven to the brink of depression while trying to keep her heartbroken mother sane and get along with her father (whose only love in the world appears to be his work), Andi can only seek support in music. Despite her difficulty in maintaining her mother's presence in reality,  Andi is furious when her father checks her into a psychiatry hospital and insists that she accompany him to Paris where he is performing tests to determine the identity of a certain human heart which is said to have belonged to a prince living during the French Revolution. However, her refusals and complaints fall upon deaf ears and she is forced to relent. While in Paris, Andi discovers and ancient diary telling the story of a girl who lived during the French Revolution and who also lost someone she loved...

Andi and the girl are united despite living centuries apart in this poignant novel and as a reader, I clearly experienced Andi's pain as my own as a result of Donnelly's ingenious writing techniques. The book does contain some adult topics which nearly caused me to stop reading at certain points and may be considered to have an atmosphere that is simply too melancholy to appeal to many readers. Regardless of this, I thoroughly enjoyed "Revolution" and would recommend it to any avid readers from the ages of fourteen and up.


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