Format:
Book
Author:
Title:
Edition:
1st ed.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Little, Brown, 2013.
Description:
304 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary:
"Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her ten-year-old piano prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place."-- Provided by publisher.
Subjects:
LCCN:
2012029852
ISBN:
9780316205016
031620501X
Other Number:
806014839
System Availability:
11
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
11
Control Number:
996738
Call Number:
[Fic]
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
10
# System items in:
10
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Characters
Lucy Beck-Moreau (Female), Once a promising concert pianist; walks away from the life after a death and betrayal;
Genre
Coming of age
Young adult fiction
Topics
Music
Betrayal
Friendship
Musicians
Life changes
Death
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Zarr (How to Save a Life) doesn't waste a word in this superb study of a young musical prodigy trying to reclaim her life. Sixteen-year-old Lucy Beck-Moreau has led a privileged and extremely focused life in San Francisco as a renowned pianist. Her mother and grandfather have provided her with the best teacher money can buy and ensured that she has entered the most prestigious competitions. But when Lucy refuses to perform in Prague after hearing her grandmother has just died, her career unravels. She retreats into the shadows, letting her talented younger brother, Gus, take center stage. After the arrival of Will, her brother's vibrant new instructor, Lucy begins to reconsider her decision to stop playing piano. Like every teenager, Lucy has moments of self-doubt, self-centeredness, regret, infatuation, and humiliation. This multifaceted characterization makes her a deeply real and sympathetic character, and that dimensionality extends to the rest of the cast. The pressures Lucy is under feel powerful, immediate, and true-her journey of self-discovery will strike a profound chord with readers. Ages 12-up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
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.
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