Title: The Lucy Variations
Author: Sara Zarr
Format: Kindle Ebook
Goodreads Rating: 3.58
My Rating: 7/10
Synopsis From Goodreads
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.
This book wasn't at all what I expected it to be, mostly with the love story in it. I'd been expecting something completely different from what I got. I don't want to say too much about it because I don't want to drift into spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. It was surprising.
On the most part I loved this book. I really enjoyed the way it was written, showing Lucy's battle with her emotions about playing piano, dealing with her family and all of the pressures of the professional music world. I think it was handled really well and I enjoyed all of the interactions with her friends and family.
I loved Gus, I thought he was adorable and I loved how he seemed, more than anyone at some points, to really get what was going on with Lucy.
The story between Lucy and Will was good too, it felt believable and flowed well. The pacing was good and I liked how her friends reacted to it.
Overall I'd say this is a really good book, and I'd recommend it if you like YA, and especially if you like music based YA, because this pulls you into the classical music world.
I also really liked the playlist at the end of the book, that was a nice touch.