Book Club Pick – Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly

Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly

Don’t you just love it when your book club decides to read something that you have wanted to read for a while, but you haven’t managed to get around to reading it yet?  I am so excited that I am being “forced” to read Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly.  I have heard so much about this book when many book bloggers received advanced copies at the end of the spring at BookExpoAmerica.

Now, I haven’t fully read any reviews because I knew that this was one that I wanted to read sooner rather than later, and I know that usually here I will tell a little bit about the book and share some of what I have heard.  This time, I am not going to do that.  I really want to go into this one with the little info that I have, so that I can really, really experience the story for myself.  All I know is that it is a historical fiction, YA novel that follows the dual narratives of two characters,  one of whom lives in the present day and it’s supposed to be really, really good.  I’m going to go with that.

As an aside I also bought a copy of The Winter Rose by the same author.  It’s part of a highly recommended historical fiction trilogy and I probably know less about it than I do Revolution. I just realized that this one is not the first book, so I guess I have to go and buy the first now.

1DA652C2516038AE4D02F55645591F39 Happy New Year!

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    1. This one is for my IRL book club, but Kathy I started and it is so good. You should read it whether we end up reading it or not. I think we are reading pictures of you by Caroline Leavitt.

  1. The Tea Rose is before The Winter Rose. You can read The Winter Rose as a standalone, but you’ll like it so much, I predict, that you will be happier if you read the other first so you can read both!

  2. I love that cover, Nicole! It reminds me of Mark Danielewski’s ‘Only Revolutions’ where two narratives start in the book – one from the beginning of the book and one from the end. Hope you enjoy reading Jennifer Donnelly’s book. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

  3. The dual narratives was what made me so excited to read this one, and I liked it a lot. Jennifer Donnelly is an excellent writer — hope you like it!

  4. So excited to read this for our brand spankin’ new book club! It’s coming with me to LA. Will begin it on the plane on Tuesday and Skype in for the meeting, as per your suggestion. I suppose the venue will have to change since I won’t be here to host this round as planned! 🙂

  5. My book club kind of reads whatever the leader recommends as long as everyone feels like they have some say. I recently became the leader of the club–but now I’m having such a hard time picking books that are on my “to-read” list for fear that no one will like them!

    1. I think this one might be a safe choice. There is a lot going on that can be discussed parent-child relationships, the grief over the loss of a loved on, and mental illness, just to name the few that I have encountered so far. Beyond all that it is just very interesting.

  6. I enjoyed Revolution and think it would be a great book group pick! Isn’t it great when some outside influence “forces” you to read a book you’ve been meaning to get to? I, too, just ended up with a copy of The Winter Rose…guess I’ll have to find The Tea Rose as well!

    1. I have gotten advice that The Winter Rose can be read as a standalone, but I think we should definitely get The Tea Rose and start there!

    1. I have tried and tried to not start reading a book until I have reviewed the last one, but I can’t get myself to do it. Thankfully I am caught up on 2011 reviews…so far.

    1. I just got The Distant Hours. i am hoping I like it. I remember liking Morton’s first book, and then it got discussed at our book club meeting. Its faults did not hold up!