Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want-and couldn’t escape.
Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages-until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.
Reason that I read this book: I read the the book because I had heard a lot of praise about this book and when I read the blurb about the book, I was intrigued.
Thoughts: It was a really good book. I wouldn’t say great book, but it is really well written. I like how the author intertwined the two stories and how they paralled each other. Unlike some books in which they go back and forth, this was really well done and it was really worth the effort. While some can get you invested in one storyline, the author had the ability to hook you into both of the stories, which is difficult to do, even though while in the midst of one, you were curious as to what was happening in the other storyline.
Bottom line: This book was really good and one of the best of the year. It also really highlights where Young Adult literature has come and how sophisticated the stories have become in recent years. Recommended.