The Lucy Variations

The Lucy Variations Review

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?

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.

Title:The Lucy Variations
Edition Language:English

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    The Lucy Variations Reviews

  • Catie

    I love Sara Zarr's writing and I always will. At my very first book club meeting with the fabulous ladies of Fairfax Forever YA, I listed her as one of my favorite YA authors (this after being told th...

  • Neil (or bleed)

    "Yes, the world was beautiful. But music made that beauty personal. Nothing else could do that. Nothing." What I love about Sara Zarr is how she can manage to fully reveal her characters emotionally....

  • Tatiana

    It appears the three of us (Catie, Flannery and I) are pretty much on the same page as to why this new Sara Zarr novel didn't work for us. Pardon me for repeating what has already been said.Generally,...

  • Rachel Maniacup

    This book is my first book of Sara Zarr,and I think reading this novel made me fully understand now, why my friend NEIL had fallen in love with this author.^^This is a story of a 16 year old pianist s...

  • Kelly

    Anyone who has ever created something or pursued a passion knows that sometimes you hit that flow and nothing else in the world exists because what you're doing is the best thing there is and it fills...

  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)

    4.5 StarsThe Lucy Variations is such an emotional rollercoaster. This book about grief and self-discovery has so many layers. The main character is a piano prodigy who quits and struggles to figure ou...

  • Antony John

    I'm not going to give a synopsis of THE LUCY VARIATIONS because the publisher's cover copy at the top of the page does a pretty darn good job of bringing us up to speed. Instead, I'm going to give thr...

  • Nafiza

    I was cautiously optimistic about this novel; my very first Sara Zarr book. My friends had read her previous book and loved it immensely so I decided to request this one because I cannot resist books ...

  • Sarah

    Another Zarr treasure, unafraid and unashamed to make readers uncomfortable by inviting us -- simply -- to look at real life through the lens of fiction. Life and relationships *are* often uncomfortab...

  • Arlene

    Rating Clarification: 3.5 StarsIt could be a depressing thing to believe, at sixteen, that your best years were behind you.The Lucy Variations is Sara Zarr’s newest YA contemporary novel that gives ...