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Love, Lucy Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—In exchange for enrolling as a business major for her first year in college, Lucy Sommersworth is treated to a summer backpacking trip across Europe. There, Lucy meets Jesse Palladino, an enticing musician who is living his dream as a traveler, not tied down to anything or anyone. Jesse and Lucy quickly become entangled in a vacation romance, but before long, Lucy has to go back home to start college, while Jesse stays in Italy. Will Lucy stay in contact with Jesse? Will she ever see him again? Or will she be able to move on and find a dream boyfriend at college? Lucy faces dilemmas and challenges that most young people can relate to: fighting with friends, standing up to parents, breaking up, and balancing obligations and desires. While still a teenager dealing with typical problems, Lucy is also growing up fast and learning how to be an adult. This means struggling with very hard decisions that could make or tear apart friendships, relationships, and family. A contemporary romance with surprising depth in its coming-of-age elements, this modern update of E. M. Forster's A Room with a View will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Lindner's reimagined classics. It would also work well in high school literature classes studying Forster's novel.—Eden Rassette, Kenton County Public Library, KY
* "Love, Lucy hits all the right notes...This is a great coming-of-age story, perfect for Sarah Dessen fans or those who enjoy books with a summer romance."―VOYA (starred review)
"A contemporary romance with surprising depth in its coming-of-age elements, this modern update of E. M. Forster's A Room with a View will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Lindner's reimagined classics."―SLJ
"This intelligent love story will resonate with readers who are themselves balancing the thin line between making lives of their own and seeking parents' approval. A good read-alike recommendation for fans of Jennifer E. Smith or Stephanie Perkins."―Booklist
"April Lindner brings on the feels with her usual charm. Love, Lucy is another romantic winner from this amazingly talented writer."―Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and the Heather Wells mystery series
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Love, Lucy is a perfect example of a book that just makes you feel good. It's a modern retelling of A Room With A View, and does a seamless job of incorporating the societal pressures that drive modern youth, as the original did in its era.
The romance between Lucy and Jesse may be fast for some, but I found that it worked for them. I love how they affect each other, how she draws him in and he lets her loose. Their relationship is sweet and fun and, at times, dramatic, and it makes me want to go to Italy to man-hunt!
As much as I love their romance, the book is really about the struggle between what you want, what you dream of being, and the expectations that people have, and floundering to find the balance between them.
Love, Lucy is a light, fun read, and I highly recommend!