The Lucy Variations

Paperback | May 27, 2014

bySARA ZARR

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Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. But without music in her life, Lucy's not sure who she is, or who she wants to be. Then she meets Will, her brother's new piano teacher, who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy find her way back to piano-not for an audience, but on her own terms.
National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr takes readers inside one girl's struggle to reclaim her love of music, life, and herself in this stunning novel about finding joy in unexpected places.

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Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. But without music in her life, Lucy's not sure who she is, or who she wants to be. Then she meets Will, her brother's new piano teacher, who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy find he...

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author ofHow to Save a Life,What We Lost,Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalistStory of a Girl.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 27, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316205001

ISBN - 13:9780316205009

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for musicians! Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for a copy of this for review! Being a piano player, I am quite partial to books ABOUT piano players. Sure, I never made it to the concert level (darn scales and speed!), but I can really appreciate the dedication it takes to learn an instrument like the piano and to play it well. I loved this book — it was perfect right from the beginning pages until the very end! Lucy was a great character and I could see how she would feel so torn on going back to an instrument that seemed to become forbidden to her, based on the person who pushed her so hard in the past. What makes her situation most difficult is that her younger brother, Gus, is also a piano player — also at the concert level — so while he’s working at his future, Lucy is inspired to go back to play just for herself, and also to make sure that Gus doesn’t get pushed to the edge like she did. Actually, the reason that Lucy was forced to stop competing for drove me nuts. That was one thing I couldn’t imagine having in my life — a character like Lucy’s grandfather, to whom nothing else matters when competition is on the line. Even if that means family situations and life outside of the piano. When it comes to characters in the story, he was the one that drove me absolutely crazy! I did like Gus’s new piano teacher, especially how he pushed Lucy to just start playing for herself. (As a side note: as he was pushing Lucy to just start playing and working at her craft, I also pulled out my piano books, having abandoned my classical training ten years ago when I was at the height of my game.) I loved how down to earth he was and how he wasn’t so strict with Gus. I also kind of loved that I recognized a lot of the music talk that happened in the book. It really helped me to connect with the story and really invest in the characters. The romance was the part of the story that I didn’t really like — though I’m not sure you could call it romance. It was more like a forbidden friendship — a friendship that was on the borderline between right and wrong. I thought, for the most part, it was done well, but certain things that happened at the end just didn’t make sense to me. I guess I wanted better things for Lucy and that’s not a bad thing to want in a story like this. This was my first Sara Zarr book and it definitely won’t be my last! I also look forward to finding more piano books in the future.
Date published: 2013-08-17

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"[A] gripping YA novel about a 16-year-old music prodigy trying to survive the cutthroat world of piano competitions."-InStyle