Publishing Company: Bloomsbury
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. (credits)
At first I devoured that book. It is sooo well written, just the Donnelly style I love.
But some parts like Vija who gets the leaders of the world to comment on his senior thesis are kind of far-fetched. Andi seems to be from the upper class, from a world with no rules and I cannot understand how teenager take so much drugs and everything. It´s kind of like watching Gossip Girl or O.C.: Most of the time you want to shake your head and ask the producers if teenagers actually do live like that or did I miss something during time in school.
Also is it very changeling to write about characters who lived for real like the child in the tower, the Dauphin Louis Charles. Often it seems like the authors twisted the reality to work with his plot but Mrs. Donnelly worked it out and until the moment in the catacombs when Andi has her time warp everything made sense. That was the moment, when I closed the book and thought: “Is she for real?” Everything was logical up till now and then Andi goes back in time and I really had to work it out how this works with the picture I had of the book. Afterwards it was kind of excused with the drugs and the hit on the had she endured, but how the things she got to know during her vision work out in reality turns it back into a time travel. Also is the time travel the only thing which helps Andi getting better but I kind of asked myself if a few more entries in Alex diary hadn´t done the deal too so the book wouldn´t lose its credibility.
And at least a thing of which I don´t know if I should like or hate it is that there is hope for Andi but no hope for the father daughter relationship which I was looking out for. I like complete happy ends but on the other side is it unexpected and being surprised by a book became so rare.
A thing that shouldn´t be forgotten is the French revolution which takes a great part in the book. I know the raw outlines from school and liked the way Donnelly worked with it.
So all in all, I like the book but I didn´t love it like the Tea Rose.
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