The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

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It’s a rewarding journey for readers as Lucy rekindles her passion for what had become — because of the relentless pressure to compete and “succeed” — an instrument of torture.
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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.
 

About Sara Zarr

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Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 326 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Vivien Schweitzer on May 10 2013

It’s a rewarding journey for readers as Lucy rekindles her passion for what had become — because of the relentless pressure to compete and “succeed” — an instrument of torture.

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on Mar 17 2013

The combination of sympathetic main character and unusual social and cultural world makes this satisfying coming-of-age story stand out.

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