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When an angry, grieving musician faces expulsion from her private school, she travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution.
Publisher: New York : Ember, 2011
Edition: First Ember edition
Copyright Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780385737647
Branch Call Number: YA DONNELLY
Characteristics: 471 pages, 13 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 27, 2016

A really read for those interested in French historical fiction. There is a lot of teenage angst to wade through but Alex's story will keep you going.

Apr 23, 2015

This book is a nice mix of contemporary and historical fiction with a complex narrator. The pacing of this book was very frustrating. The beginning of the book is very slow-going, and then a lot of things are rushed in the last few chapters. Once it got going the book was very entertaining , and I wanted more details about things that are briefly mentioned in the epilogue.

ChristchurchLib Nov 05, 2013

"Andi Alpers is so full of grief, rage, and antidepressants that nothing matters to her anymore - nothing except playing guitar and taking care of her severely depressed mother. She's on the verge of being expelled from her exclusive prep school when her distant father intervenes, forcing Andi to accompany him on a business trip to Paris. In Paris, Andi finds the diary of Alexandrine, a young woman who lived through the French Revolution, and she becomes unexpectedly obsessed with Alexandrine's life and the historical mystery it could solve. This complex, haunting, and beautifully written novel will thrill readers who enjoy historical fiction, romance, or family dramas." Teen Scene November 2013 newsletter

samdog123 Aug 18, 2013

Andi, our main character, is dealing with guilt after her younger brother dies in an accident. A student at a private school, she is a gifted musician. When her Father insists she accompany him to Paris to write her final thesis for school, she finds an old diary in a guitar case. The girl in the diary seems to be struggling with many of the same issues and the parallels grow and develop between Andi and the girl from the 1700's, named Alexandrine. Many excellent details about the French Revolution make this a great piece of historical fiction.

Jul 24, 2013

This story flips between the present and the French Revolution. A present day 17 year old girl visiting Paris is transported to 18th century Paris and as a companion for Marie Antoinette's son. It is similar to The Lacemaker and the Princess which is told from the point of view of Marie Antoinette's daughter's compnaion.

Jul 29, 2012

Gateway 2012-2013 nominee. Overall a good story, but it does drag a bit--could have used some better editing. Also the first few diary entries were a bit confusing as Alex jumps back and forth between her present day (1795) and what had happened during her previous 6 years.

The story will make more sense if you already know at least a bit about the French revolution--the basic names, dates, etc.

Jan 03, 2012

The idea was good, but the characters are annoying and the writing is really cheesy. The dialogue was bad, and all that angst was exasperating. Also, the only interesting part of this book was the part where she goes back in time, and that took forever to get there. Oh, and the end? How she makes some HUGE discovery in her high school thesis, and no one else had ever put two and two together? Please...

Dec 26, 2011

One of the best books I think I have ever read. Although it was a little long..."When are we going to get to the time travel part? I swear it said something about going back in time on the back cover..."...You can totally tell that the author put a whole lot of work into it, and that makes it such a fabulous book. Stories like these make historical fiction so much more interesting!!!

JewelMcLatchy Dec 12, 2011

Interesting book on the French Revolution, music and one girl's recovering from her young brother's death. A bit on the long side, but a good read if you take the time it requires.

ontherideau Jul 22, 2011

One of the rare books that I would think about when away from it eagerly waiting to pick it up again.

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kadiboo579 Jul 03, 2012

“Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.”

JewelMcLatchy Dec 12, 2011

(Andi on visiting the Abelard Library for a school project): I was confused at first. I didn't know the drill. But I've got it figured out now. My job, here at the Abelard Library, is to get information. And Yves Bonnard's job is to stop me. Yves G. Bonnard, head archivist, aka the Great and Powerful Oz, aka the Grand Inquisitor, aka the Antichrist.


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Feb 29, 2012

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Feb 29, 2012

Coarse Language: swearing


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