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In Brooklyn, NY, Andi Alpers is angry. She is angry at her father for caring more about his work than his family. She is angry that her mom cannot, will not, does not cope with the world around her. She is angry that her teachers and Head of School want her to actually participate in her education. But she is most angry at herself. It is the fact that she blames herself for the death of her younger brother Truman that causes her the most anger.
And then it gets worse. Her father finds out that school is an afterthought to her now and whisks her away with him to France for the Christmas break. The whole break.
She will even miss her time with the one person in the world with whom she still shows any care at all, Nathan, her music teacher and her music lessons.
Her father is in Paris to run DNA testing on the very small embalmed heart that some believe may be the heart of Louis Charles of France. Louis Charles was the son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette who is thought to have died at age 10 in a prison after both of his parents were put to death by Guillotine.
In Paris, she finds a diary that belong to a “player” or actor named Alexandrine who’s job it was to entertain the young prince and the timing corresponds with the French Revolution.
Andi is mesmerized by Alex’s diary and through Alex’s account of her life, learns so much about the revolution, and in turn, a good bit about herself.
Both stories are enthralling. I immediately liked Andi and wanted her to find a way to forgive herself for what happened with her brother. Alex “played” right into my heart from the first diary entry.
Since I love history, the storyline of the French Revolution is of particular interest to me and the research that went into the writing of this story is quite evident. Imagine that…a great story and a history lesson to boot. Awesome!
If you are looking for a really good book, start Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and start a revolution of your mind. This is a really awesome read!
The audio book version of Revolution is read by Emily Janice Card as the voice of Andi and by Emma Bering as Alex. Card brings a true note of agitation and distress to the character of Andi, helping to give her character life with a sense of exhaustion with life and her depression. She brings Andi to life with a realistic quality. Alex’s portrayal by Emma Bering is just as convincing, leading the listener fully back to the French Revolution in a way in which you truly believe that you can feel the hatred and taste the burning bread. An awesome audio book!