The Lucy Variations

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 8:45 am

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The Lucy Variations

Sara Zarr

2013

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Kate F

Teens

General fiction

realistic, coming of age

In brief

4

Sometimes being a piano prodigy just isn't all it's cracked up to be. But I sure do like to read about it!

Most people don't have their careers planned out by age 16. You're still feeling it out, figuring out who you are, right? Well, Lucy is 16 and her career is already pretty much over. Years of being on track to become a concert pianist meant years of putting up with the crushing demands of her grandfather-- who was also her manager. So at 14, she walked away from it all, leaving her family shocked and disappointed. But what do you do after you give up the thing you love the best?

Now Lucy grapples with the choice of playing again, not sure if it's worth it. Not sure if music will ever bring her the joy it once did. She's got to figure out how to play for herself and no one else. As someone who seriously played piano all through her formative years, dreamed of being a concert pianist (and always wished she was a prodigy), I can never not read a book like this. If you like this, try The Four Seasons by Jane Breskin Zalben or Bunheads by Sophie Flack.