The Lucy Variations
Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain.That was all before she turned fourteen.Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That... show more
Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain.That was all before she turned fourteen.Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That leaves her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the full weight of the Beck-Moreau family expectations. Then Gus gets a new piano teacher who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano -- on her own terms. But when you're used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself?National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr takes readers inside the exclusive world of privileged San Francisco families, top junior music competitions, and intense mentorships. The Lucy Variations is a story of one girl's struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. It's about finding joy again, even when things don't go according to plan. Because life isn't a performance, and everyone deserves the chance to make a few mistakes along the way.
Publish date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
This is a novel about first world problems: Lucy is a highly-regarded pianist who stopped playing when her grandmother died last year. Her family is in the 1% in San Francisco: mom, dad, grandfather, all manage the careers and the money, her little brother is now competing and performing. Lucy's bes...
All I can think right now is, I understand completely.Proper review to follow soon.
A Cybils book. I loved Lucy and her relationship to music, her search to find the thing to fill that gap in herself. I hated Will. I loved the way Lucy’s perceptions of her family and of herself began to change, becoming more complex and faceted. It’s one I’m still thinking about a few days after I ...
***Note: this review assumes that you've read the book.*** One sentence summary: a solid book about creative passion, but maybe not the most passionately or creatively written. So The Lucy Variations is fine. It's even, I'd say, relatively solid. It's just...nothing special. I'm not sure what it...
I found this book refreshingly different from most YA novels I have read. I liked Lucy and enjoyed following her experiences. I especially liked the way the book resolved. It was entertaining and intelligently written.