Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Review: The Lucy Variations
By Sara Zarr
Genre YA Contemporary
Recommended by I'll read anything by Sara
First Sentence "Try harder, Lucy."
Lucy used to play the piano. Not just play but perform, compete. She used to. After the death of her grandmother and the constant pressure from her family she gave it up completely. Now, watching her brother go through what she did with a teacher that has some real passion, Lucy thinks maybe she wants to play again.
What it has going for it
It's a Sara Zarr book. I can't turn down anything the woman writes. Even though I saw a few negative reviews I still has to read it. And...well, it wasn't that impressive. Don't get me wrong, it was OK. I love a book where the main character grows up and learns something about themselves and the world. Love watching their decisions and choices change those around them, as well. This one lacked some of the passion and deep thought provoking moments that Zarr's other books possess in my opinion but all in all it still had me reading and not wanting to put it down.
Well, I sort of told you. It lacked the depth and angst and rawness of Zarr's other books. Lucy bothered me. It's hard to respect a girl that desires praise of adults so much that she goes looking for it in older men. Speaking of older men...The teacher. Yuck! The man drove me nuts. And not his crazy ass obsession for the spotlight and praise but his instant inappropriate actions with Lucy. Yeah, just not my favorite Zarr book.
I liked all the moments...even the bad ones, with Lucy and her brother Gus. I just liked their relationship.
Yea or Nay?
If you're a fan of Zarr then yes, of course read it. I'd love to hear what you all thought.