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Love, Lucy

Love, Lucy

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by April Lindner

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While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is


While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse have to be, does it?

In this stunning novel, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

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* "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"

Lucy must sort through the muddle of her emotions — torn between a cerebral, respectable boy and a more passionate one — and learn to stand on her own convictions. The parallels to A Room with a View contribute to an overarching theme seen in both stories."—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Just before heading to college, Lucy and Charlene are on the European summer tour of a lifetime, and while in Italy, Lucy meets a free-spirited American named Jesse. Despite their short-lived possibilities for romance, Lucy falls hard and returns home to Philadelphia pining for him. Just when Lucy begins dating someone else, Jesse shows up at her school, and complicated decisions arise for her. Again turning to classic literature for inspiration as she did in Jane and Catherine (this time, E.M. Forster's A Room with a View), Lindner writes in a straightforward third-person storytelling style that allows distance for readers to observe Lucy coming into her own. Like her forebear, Forster's Lucy Honeychurch, this Lucy must sort through the muddle of her emotions—torn between a cerebral, respectable boy and a more passionate one—and learn to stand on her own convictions. The parallels to A Room With a View contribute to an overarching theme seen in both stories: rising above the social strictures placed on a spirited girl bound by propriety. Ages 15–up. Agent: Amy Williams, McCormick & Williams Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Although acting in school productions has brought Lucy joy and accolades, her father is concerned that pursuing such a career right out of high school would be foolhardy. So, he offers his daughter a deal: If she attends the college of his choice and majors in business, he will pay for her summer trip across Europe. Accepting the agreement pretty much means giving up acting, but Lucy has lost her confidence about performing anyway. All in all, it seems like a good deal. Traveling with a college-age acquaintance, Lucy avoids thinking about the end of summer and start of school. During the last weeks of her trip, she meets Jesse, an American tourist who works part-time in the hostel and busks for tips. The couple’s romance is heartfelt, but short-lived. Although Jesse encourages her to stay in Europe, “Part Two” of Lucy’s story finds her stateside, living out the deal she made with her father and figuring out how to meet her own needs for happiness—with or without Jesse. Readers will appreciate that Lucy’s first sexual experience is treated sensitively but not sensationally. The “will she, won’t she” focus of Lucy’s subsequent committed relationship is somewhat disappointing by comparison. Readers are likely to be thrilled with Lucy’s story, in which she works to create a life that balances the elements she values: love, learning, adventure, and acting. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 12 up.
VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Jennifer Rummel
Lucy made a bargain with father; she will major in business instead of theater and she will be allowed to spend the summer before college touring Europe. Her parents find her a traveling companion in the daughter of a family friend. On their second to last stop in Florence, Lucy and Charlotte begin to bicker. Lucy meets a boy and before long, she is spending her time with Jesse. After a vacation romance, Lucy returns home and back to reality, but she is not ready to give up on her dreams. A modern retelling of Room With A View by E.M. Forester, Love, Lucy hits all the right notes. At the brink of adulthood, Lucy makes choices that impact her future: her major, following her dreams, and following her heart. The relationship between Lucy and Jesse is mature and realistic; while there is sex, it happens off the pages. The bargain she made with her father plays a key role in relationships; both with her family and with her friends. Lucy longs to act, but the negative reaction from her father forces her to choose a different path. As Lucy strives towards happiness, she is forced between the safe choice and following her heart. This is a great coming-of-age story, perfect for Sarah Dessen fans or those who enjoy books with a summer romance. Reviewer: Jennifer Rummel; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
A European summer flirtation blossoms into something more in this romance set in Italy and Pennsylvania. While on a high school graduation trip to Florence, aspiring actress Lucy meets Jesse, a wandering minstrel of a boy originally from New Jersey who busks for room and board. During the last days of her vacation, they share a hotel room, and tensions arise when Lucy chooses to spend time with Jesse over her traveling companion, Charlene. When it's time for Lucy to go home, she and Jesse reluctantly part, and Lucy is convinced she will never see Jesse again. Fast-forward to her freshman year at a Philadelphia college. Lucy lands a lead role in Rent, even though her controlling father has forbidden her to keep acting. She has a gorgeous new boyfriend named Shane but can't stop thinking about Jesse. When Jesse shows up unexpectedly on campus, Lucy must decide between rebelling against her father and following her dreams with Jesse or sticking with her business major and playing it safe with Shane. This novel is ideal fodder for romance traditionalists, checking off every genre trope with the regularity of a metronome in solid if unremarkable prose. And Lindner does a good job of describing how uncomfortable travel can become when friends no longer get along. But readers looking for a more juicily written romance travelogue that teases and surprises at every turn may prefer Gayle Forman's Just One Day (2013) and Just One Year (2013). A satisfying if predictable crowd pleaser. (Fiction. 13-17)

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Meet the Author

April Lindner is the author of Catherine and Jane and a professor of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Her poetry collection, Skin, received the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry, and her poems have been featured in many anthologies and textbooks. April lives with her husband and two sons in Pennsylvania.

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Love, Lucy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I am so surprised by Love, Lucy. Several days later and I'm still thinking about it. I loved everything about this book. It is set in Italy (at least over half of it), and the main protagonist is so likable. I truly loved the whole contemporary and wanderlust feel of it. By the end of the book I had the traveling itch so bad. Love, Lucy is the story of Lucy, who gave up her dream of acting for enrolling in business school at her father's alma mater. It isn't that simple, trust me. However as an appeasing gift, her parents send her on a month or two long european trip. The book doesn't cover the whole trip, but only once she arrives to her last destination, Italy.  Italy holds a special place for me relative to all the other european countries. That is mainly because of all the stories I heard about it from both my parents when they visited it often as kids. Being only two hours away and living on the Mediterranean made it quite easy to go to Italy from time to time. Unfortunately I never went there so I experienced everything Lucy described for the first time.. from the streets, the people, the food, to the culture. One thing I could relate to Lucy is the need to get lost in a foreign country. I love just going where the path takes you, especially when traveling to foreign countries. It really is as serene and beautiful as Lucy described it. I truly felt how realistic the experience was for Lucy, it was like April Lindner actually walked the steps that Lucy walked, went through the same emotions as she did, and I love this authenticity in writing.  This is a love story, but it is also a story about Lucy finding herself. It isn't about Lucy ditching everything and everyone and going after what she wants, but it is about making the best out of her situation and trying to turn hit into something she recognizes as her own. This realistic aspect of the book resonated with me. So many of us end up doing things to please the parents or to complete an obligation.. but not all of us get to have that movie happy ending where everything gets resolved and you get exactly what you wanted from the beginning. It's all about compromising and again, Lindner really wrote it superbly.  I've been burnt quite often with abroad romance novels but I actually thought the romance in Love, Lucy was super cute, natural, and really fit well with the whole book. The guy didn't become Lucy's everything, and everything transitioned so well. The conflict was well played out and I really liked the love interest. This is not something I say often when it comes to this type of romance. I am so glad I gave Love, Lucy a chance because I ended up loving it so much. Bravo Lindner! 
Anonymous 14 days ago
Nice book
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BoundWithWords More than 1 year ago
• Lucy: she was definitely my favorite part of the story, which is great since it’s told on first person. I started this book a little skeptical about her character, she seemed to be a little too much of a common ground, you know the girl who is traveling through Europe that finds a boy that is so-not-the-right-type but end up challenging her to find her happiness and bla-bla-bla but still I managed to grow out of my first doubts and really identified myself with her. I’m kind of in the same stage in life than Lucy, starting college, fighting to find out what I really want and not what other people – especially parents – want for me, I think this is something that it will hit home to everyone because is a natural transition to adulthood. A big part of Lucy’s decision to what to do for the rest of her life was because of her doubts if she was good enough to pursuit a actress career or even just get up on the stage again, I really liked the development on this, she started with a lot of insecurities but through all the novel she started to grow out of it and at the end she was owning her talented – it was a great message! • The romance: I have to say that the romance was hard to get at first, I just didn’t get why Lucy and Jesse had connected so hard in just over a week, yes they talks were sweet and they talked about important things so there was a connection, yes they had chemistry but still there was something missing. I just wish the Italy part was like 50 pages bigger. More about Italy latter. I feel like I should warm people, there kind of is a love triangle, but it isn’t really a love triangle (in my opinion) since we all know where Lucy’s hearth is, still the two boys DO overlap at some point and I know this can be a downside for some readers, for me it wasn’t, I think it was necessary to Lucy’s growth and helped her decide what she really wanted not just romance wise but in life. • Italy: ugh, this part really should have like 50 pages more, as well as the romance the scenarios never really satisfied me, it never felt as fleshed out as in “Wish You Were Italian” and a lot of scenes seemed rushed and without enough descriptions. • The friendships & parents: I really loved this aspect, it was so good to Lucy to have such a big range of friends, from her suitemates to her fellow stage colleagues to her partner on the backpacking, I wish (as well as much of the things on this book) that we had more interactions between them but still I was feelings very satisfied with the ones we did had, they are a very diverse cast and none one time there was judgments on their personalities (which can be hard to find on books sometimes), and yet there are a lot of good times I liked how it showed Lucy and Charlotte - her friend who backpacked through Europe with her for a month - did fight on the end of the trip, I mean IT IS so hard to withstand a friend for an entire month, just on hostels and lots of airport/road/train trips and tourists long lines on tourist-y places, it was so natural that they would disagree at some point but I really liked that they did come around to talk about it later on, it was all so true to what real friendships really are. Also Lucy’s parents are present on the book, not all that much, but still very present since her father’s insistence for her to drop out of plays, it was really good to see their relationship so present.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Novels about summer romances have always been something I loved. There’s cute, fluffy scenes that lead up to two characters falling in love. And after they’ve fallen in love you have to wonder if they will or won’t last. Author April Lindner’s Love, Lucy is no exception. I’ve been a fan of Lindner’s since I read her novel Catherine (a modernized retelling of Wuthering Heights) and find her writing gorgeous. Love, Lucy was everything a summer romance could and should be. Lucy’s dream is to become an actress. Acting is her passion and her parents know this. However, when her father gives her an ultimatum, Lucy agrees to leave her dream behind and go to business school in return for a trip backpacking through Florence for the summer. It’s during her trip that she meets street musician Jesse Palladino. It’s by chance that Jesse and Lucy meet but once encounter leads to many more. Slowly, Lucy finds herself falling in love with Jesse and is left with her heart torn between the agreement she made with her father and the romance she has with Jesse. After returning home for school, Lucy begins to search for a way to move on and a way to find happiness. She can’t shake the feeling that maybe her love with Jesse is meant to last longer than the summer. And that maybe somehow they’ll find a way to be together once again. I enjoyed Love, Lucy more than I imagined possible. Just like with Catherina, Lindner creates a diverse cast of memorable characters. Beyond that she creates a perfect romance in Jesse and Lucy. Every scene that they have together is one that is filled with chemistry and the promise of something more coming up later on in the story. These two were my one true pairing (OTP) from the very start of the novel. Watching their love story unfold before my eyes was seriously heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time because like all summer romances theirs is bound to end. Love, Lucy’s plot is consistent. I found that most of the high-paced speed in the story stopped about partway through when Lucy returns to the United States. I will admit that nothing can ever be as exciting as reading about first love in Europe. The story is cut into portions. The first being Lucy in Florence; then the US; and the last one… well you’ll have to read to find out. But no matter where the story took place or what characters were involved in which scenes, I was still hooked on the storyline. I needed to know what would happen not just to Lucy but for everyone involved. I especially think that for teens who pick up Love, Lucy they’ll definitely be able to relate to Lucy and her situation. Apart from being involved in her first romance, Lucy is also caught between what her parents want for her and what she wants for herself. This is a common problem that all teens face with their parents. Throughout reading, I found myself nodding at Lucy and her decisions, aware of the situation she’s faced with. Romance aside, Love, Lucy is also a coming of age story that gave an accurate portrayal to the life of teens who are about to leave High School/just entered Post-Secondary Education. I would recommend Love, Lucy to readers who are looking for a novel that will keep them thoroughly engaged throughout the story. Readers who want a heartfelt romance should also give it a shot. Readers who are fans of the bildungsroman and want a story al about summer romances, travelling through Florence, and the transition from high school to University should also give it a try. Happy reading!
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  I'm so hot and cold with this book! I LOVED the part that's set in Italy. It was magical. I truly felt like I was with Lucy on the streets of Florence and Rome. This book was a quick read, so that part wrapped up far too soon for me. The second part, set at Lucy's college during her freshman year, was where I struggled.   I think if I was younger, I would have had a different reaction to Lucy. Her careless nature and the way she danced with danger so willingly while travelling abroad made my heart skip a few beats. I think younger fans will overlook that aspect, though. The bickering between Charlene and Lucy left me perplexed. Both had valid points, but I couldn't help but want to shake some sense into both of the girls!   The romance between Lucy and Jesse is very much a whirlwind, and I admit that I got caught up in it. I was rooting for them from the get-go. WARNING: SPOILERS!!!!!!!! It's an understatement to say I was devastated whenever Lucy got into a relationship with someone else at her college. And whenever that snowballed into Lucy cheating on her new-found beau when Jesse turns up out of the blue, I had a bad taste in my mouth. I feel like this is one of those situations where if everyone involved would have actually TALKED, things wouldn't have spiraled the way that they did.   All in all, Love, Lucy was a fun and quick read. It definitely struck me with the travel bug, and I scrambled to find other novels set abroad to read this year. I had some issues with Lucy, but overall I still enjoyed Love, Lucy a lot. Contemporary fans with wanderlust will enjoy getting lost in the pages of this book! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.