Delacorte Press 2010
Andi Alpers life is falling apart; ever since her little brother Truman’s death she has failed to find closure. Her father has all but dropped out of the picture and her mother has spiraled into depression. She blames herself for her brother’s death and wonders if her life is even worth living. Just before she is expelled from school, her father, a Nobel-Prize winning scientist, returns to her life. Her father takes her with him to Paris on a special project involving a lost prince of France. Once there, Andi discovers a secret diary from a girl living through the French Revolution. Something strikes Andi eerily familiar about the girl’s story, and soon becomes entrenched in a story of the past. But one night in the catacombs under Paris, history becomes all-too-current. In this time-intertwining story, both girls encounter love, loss, music, past, future, pain, closure, and ultimately, life in all its terrible beauty. This was gritty, true to life novel that certainly didn’t flinch at describing the horrors of the French Revolution or the terror of losing a loved one. I believe this is a must read for any teen; it was well written, engaging, and thought-provoking.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book