Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (111)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme to discuss upcoming books we can't wait to get our hands on. Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine  

This week, I'm waiting on:

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
Release date: May 7, 2013

Description from Goodreads:

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.

I became a fan of Sara Zarr after reading How to Save a Life earlier this year. I think this book sounds fantastic. I love that it is about a teen who plays the piano because that was a big part of my life when I was a teen and it is great to see more YA books featuring the arts. 


  1. Ooh that book sounds really interesting. I don't think I've read anything where a pianist (and a young one at that) features prominently.

    Tanya Patrice

  2. This does sound good. I haven't read too many books with the focus on a teen who plays the piano...I love music, so I will definitely be adding this to my TBR list. Great pick!

  3. I love the inclusion of piano in this story since I played it as a kid. Although How to Save a Life wasn't my favorite read, I still really admire Zarr's writing and am very excited to pick up this book!

  4. Thanks for helping me add to my TBR list!!! Happy Reading! Here is my WoW for this week!

  5. I need to try something from Sara Zarr sometime soon---this one looks really good!

  6. this looks really interesting!! love it when a plot line is about the arts :)


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