Monday, July 22, 2013

The Lucy Variations Review

Author: Sara Zarr
Title: The Lucy Variations
Published: 05/07/2013
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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 one girl's struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. To find 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.


I really don’t feel like writing this review right now but oh well gotta get it over with eventually right? I just like, The Lucy Variations didn’t feel like a novel to me. It felt like I picked up a diary some random kid wrote and I managed to get my hands on in the lost and found. It wasn’t very novely at all. I think the actual story is what makes it feel so average, boring, typical, feasible. It’s like that song ‘Friday’ by Rebecca Black, it’s so plausible it’s lame. It’s a story that could happen to anyone, actually Lucy is going through something a lot of other characters underwent in the book as well. And there isn’t some inspirational theme, or even saucy romance to keep the readers interested. In my opinion at least.

The Lucy Variations is a story about Lucy Beck-Moreau, a has-been pianist at the age of the 16. Her life used to be consumed by the piano; an instrument and her grandfather ruling over everything she did. But when the piano took her away from one of the most significant things in her life, she decided it was time to hit the brakes, hard. So she quit, walked off the stage of a competition she could’ve easily won, and refused to ever touch those gleaming tempting keys again. Because the piano wasn’t just an instrument anymore, it was a symbol; it represented all her grandfather gave her, and all that he took away. Playing the piano again would be the equivalent to waltzing right up to her grandfather and tell him that she regretted it all.

So Lucy’s life starts to take a few turns as anyone’s would in her situation, it isn’t till her little brother’s new piano teacher asks her the question no one else has. If she wants to play again, once that first domino hits the ground, all the rest come tumbling down. Faster than she would’ve ever expected Lucy is thrown back into the world of piano, trying to manage school, friendships, her family, and finding the key to her happiness all at once.

Now the reason I didn’t really feel this book was because A, Lucy is a bit spoiled and as nice as a character as she was, I didn’t really connect with her. 2, it’s all weird like. You think something is going to be a big contributing factor in the storyline but it actually isn’t. Although no one mentioned it to the characters because it’s all the talk about, when it has nothing to do with the actual story. If that makes sense, and lastly because it seemed real. Too real, like not the “OMG I can’t believe other people feel this way!!” real, it’s more like the “wow she went to have dinner with her family and what did they do at the dinner? They ate” no shocker there.

In the end, The Lucy Variations was kind of a flop for me, didn’t love it didn’t hate it. It’s mediocre and scores a 3 for me, flying right under the radar.

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