I haven’t posted many book reviews here, but I just finished a good book, so I want to share.
Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution is a YA that clocks in at a hefty 123,000 words. I devoured it in a few days.
I’m a sucker for a great voice, and Jennifer Donnelly has it. Her main character, Andi, is gutsy and outspoken and intelligent and hurting. It made for some compelling reading. The character in the French revolution-era diary grabbed me equally as much, and I love seeing Andi’s growing fascination with her. Add some fascinating insight into the evolution of music and a look at the city of Paris, both in the 18th century and in modern times, and I was hooked.
The only place that this novel sagged a little, for me, was when (spoiler alert) Andi goes back in time to live the life of the girl in the diary and meets her musical idol. The idea of her sharing her iPod with him was cute, but overall, the scenes with him in them just didn’t live up to the promise of the rest of the novel. However, we’re soon pulled back into the story again, for a satisfying ending.
A great book that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to a friend. I know I’ll read it again.
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Stay tuned for my review of Marthe Jocelyln’s new book, Scribbling Women. I’ll be part of her upcoming blog tour, which means several cool things including a giant book giveaway. But that’s another post.