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Waiting on Wednesday: The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Expected Release Date: May 7, 2013

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 the exclusive world of privileged San Francisco families, top junior music competitions, and intense mentorships. The Lucy Variations is a story of one girl’s struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. It’s about finding 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.

(summary via Goodreads)

Sara Zarr is obviously a huge name in the YA world.  She writes stories that are beautiful, moving, and memorable.  This one looks to be no different, as she sets up a fascinating premise that is sure to hook readers.  I like the idea of a pianist rediscovering her love of the instrument.  I haven’t read a lot of YA novels about musicians or child prodigies, so this one should be interesting.  You can’t really go wrong with Sara Zarr, right?

What are you waiting on this week?


2 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

  1. I don’t read much YA but I have to add this to my TBR. I love all things music, especially classical music; it’s a topic you don’t see covered very often, at least I don’t.

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