Most days during my lunch break I try find a quiet spot, not always an easy task in today’s shhh-less libraries, and I use my half hour as a time to relax and read a good book. I recently finished Jennifer Donnelly’s new novel, Revolution, which several of my co-workers have read and was one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month in October 2010. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others who like books that flip between a modern day and a historical story, but keep in mind that it is a young adult title so you have to be able to take some of the teen angst that is an inevitable part of a YA read.
Here is the summary from Amazon…
Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly’s remarkable new novel, weaves together the lives of Andi Alpers, a depressed modern-day teenager, and Alexandrine Paradis, a brave young woman caught up in the French Revolution. While in Paris with her estranged father, a Nobel geneticist hired to match the DNA of a heart said to belong to the last dauphin of France, Andi discovers a diary hidden within a guitar case–and so begins the story of Alexandrine, who herself had close ties to the dauphin. Redemption and the will to change are powerful themes of the novel, and music is ever present–Andi and Alex have a passion for the guitar, and the playlist running through Revolution is a who’s who of classic and contemporary influences. Danger, intrigue, music, and impeccably researched history fill the pages of Revolution, as both young women learn that, “it is love, not death, that undoes us.”–Seira Wilson
If you decide to give it a read and you like the musical references interspersed throughout the book you can find a complete playlist on Jennifer Donnelly’s website.
Has anyone else been reading a good book lately? I’m always looking to add to my to-read list!