The Lucy Variations

Zarr, Sara

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Lucy Variations
"Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her ten-year-old piano prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place."--

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 031620501X
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,22 cm.


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Aug 20, 2014
  • Orange_Fox_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book was good and interesting

Jul 28, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 12, 2013
  • maroon_falcon_3 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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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Jun 12, 2013
  • maroon_falcon_3 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Jun 12, 2013
  • maroon_falcon_3 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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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