The Lucy Variations

The Lucy Variations

eBook - 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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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donutwombat
Sep 03, 2017

When I first picked up this book, I was really looking forward to reading it, because as a musician myself, I was interested in Lucy the pianist. It started off really great, but the further it got into the story, the more characters were introduced, and that made the story go down hill. At the end, Lucy, who started as a smart and mature girl, ended up seeming dumb and childish from her decisions.

Orange_Fox_31 Aug 20, 2014

this book was good and interesting

m2 Jul 28, 2013

An interesting coming of age story about a famous prodigy who quits piano; the book is about how she attempts to regain her love of piano and performance.

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noora10
Jun 12, 2013

Okay, I have to admit, I was really looking forward to reading this. Being the former pianist I am, Lucy's actions at the beginning were very relatable. I felt like I understood her need to quit. I couldn't stop reading the beginning, because I liked it so much. It was simple, relatable, and well written. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about the middle and ending. I just couldn't understand why she did some of the things she did! More characters were introduced, leading to more conflicts as well!. And I can't say that they were all resolved. Her actions just made her seem stupid, selfish, and childish- not the inspirational, thoughtful girl the author was shooting for. They say it's good for characters to change throughout a book, but in this case, the change was simply too much for me! The ending was way more complex and confusing than it should've been. I ended up hating Lucy, the same character I first compared myself to!! What started out as relatable, interesting, and a good read overall, ended up as confusing, boring, and a nightmare overall.

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donutwombat
Sep 03, 2017

donutwombat thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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noora10
Jun 12, 2013

noora10 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jun 12, 2013

Lucy Beck-Moreau was born into a musical family with high expectations. Her grandfather is very strict and expects the best out of his children and grandchildren. Because of her mother's failure to satisfy grandfather, the pressure is on Lucy to succeed at piano. And she did. At 15 Lucy realizes that she doesn't want to play anymore and quits- for good. Her brother now carries all the pressure. His new piano teacher feels like he can show Lucy the joys of playing piano- just for fun- without disappointing anyone.

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