by: Jennifer Donnelly
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.
This is such an incredible book that my review won't do it justice. It is so well written that the reader feels the struggles that Alexandrine and Andi go through. Andi seems like a lost character that doesn't know how to heal her broken heart, but is always looking for just that glimpse of hope. She is one of those characters that you feel like you know them so well after the book. I've read this book a month ago and my memory is a bit hazy, but this is one of those books where you can't say, "Oh, I could have done a better job." Huge praise for Jennifer Donnelly!