The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr


Warning: Spoilers

To be honest, this book drew me in because of the fact that its main character is a pianist and I’m a pianist too. So, you can say that I wanted to see how much I could connect with Lucy. However, it was only in the later part of the book did I find it and truthfully, I set this book aside for more than a week because the beginning didn’t draw me in. It was only just now that I decided I procrastinated enough and I should just read the whole story and see how much I like it. Well, it’s safe to say that I saw the connection between Lucy and me. I found it and my eyes grew damp (No, I didn’t full out weep, just a tear or two) reading this book.

You see, although Lucy and I differ in personality and such, she had to give up music—her life—because when she walked out of a once-in-the-lifetime performance at a very young age, it was equivalent to raising the white flag forever to her grandpa, a strict man who highly valued music. Thing is, she never stopped loving it. She couldn’t stop; and what made the story beautiful was how she stood up for herself and decided enough was enough. She tried to reclaim her rights to love music and she succeeded in the end which was great. I, on the other hand, chose to give up on it myself. In fact, I chose it today. I lost my love for the piano due to personal reasons but reading this book made me realize that I could regret it a lot someday along with that I should think further if I made the right choice or not.

On the other hand, this story isn’t that great. It was just…blah to me. I didn’t like how Will was sort of using Lucy to gain back the fame he lost. I didn’t like Reyna who despite did the right thing warning Lucy about falling in love with Will (a married man), for being rather selfish and shallow. Divorce is a tough thing for everybody to go through but it’s like her family situation should be everyone’s problem. Plus, to me, she’s just a “disposable” character because she doesn’t even feel like a real person—she’s like just another 2D character who nobody really cares about which I believe is due to her character being underdeveloped. As for Carson, he’s alright but still a “disposable” character. Though, it would be nice for him to get together with Lucy since he seems like a sweet guy.

On top of that, Lucy’s character isn’t exactly fleshed out. It’s like there’s something missing about her—that last lost piece to the puzzle. Still, I like how her relationship with her family improves as the story progresses and I have to say that the characters that feel the most in-character would the members of Lucy’s family because their development and personalities really suit them and the storyline.

I can’t say I love this book and I can’t say I hate it either. It’s a rather neutral read to me which I find disappointing for my first Sara Zarr book.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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