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on October 31, 2010
Once upon a time a book comes along that gives you everything.

Jennifer Donnelly invented a whole new genre for REVOLUTION.
You sympathize with Andi - a very cool and smart teenager
living in Brooklyn, heartbroken and despaired, mourning the
loss of her young brother. Dealing with her depressed mother
and the absence of her father, Andi finds relief from her
pain only in her music. Her teachers call her gifted, a genius,
but she neglects her studies and is on the verge of being
expelled from the prestigious private school she attends
in Brooklyn.

Her father, a world renowned geneticist insits that she
accompany him to Paris, where he is to conduct tests on a
tiny, shrivelled heart. Whilst there, Andi meets Virgil,
a hot French/Tunisan musician who slowly, very slowly
finds a way to her heart. Andi also discovers a diary
hidden in an ancient guitar case, written by Alexandrine,
a young street acort who lived during the French

Now an amazing turn of events takes place, to be discovered
by the readers.........
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on January 28, 2011
Gold Star Award Winner!

Andi Alpers is angry. Angry at her father for abandoning their family; angry at her mother who can't seem to keep it together; angry at herself for being the one who let it get to this point. Andi is imploding - all because she thinks she let her younger brother, Truman, die.

Her social life is non-existent, her grades are slipping into oblivion, and she has almost given up on the one thing that she truly loves the most, music. Grief-stricken, Andi is on the verge of being expelled from the prestigious school she attends.

Because of this, Andi's father intervenes and whisks her away to Paris where he is working on a ground-breaking project. Andi has absolutely no idea how much Paris, its history, and her father's project will change her life......for the better.

Jennifer Donnelly has done an exceptional job of intertwining historical fact with a contemporary tale. Andi is thrust into the life of Alexandrine Paradis, a girl who lived during the time of Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. Andi feels a connection with Alexandrine while reading her diary. Alexandrine's words resonate within her, slowly turning her naïve fascination into obsession.

Much like A NORTHERN LIGHT, this story will grip you from the very beginning and not let go until the last page is turned. I highly recommend this novel. It is truly an excellent story.

Reviewed by: LadyJay
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