A Part to Play

A Part to Play

by Jennifer L. Fry

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A Part to Play by Jennifer L. Fry

When fifteen-year-old actress Lucy Carter loses her older sister in a car accident, her mother shuts down and her father can't hold the family together. Their only choice is to ship Lucy off to the Edmond School for Performing Arts. But boarding school is no cure for Lucy’s grief. With failing grades, wooden stage performances, and curfew violations, Lucy is threatened with expulsion. For the once talented Lucy, it feels as though she has nowhere to turn.

One night, Lucy hears mysterious music drifting through the school's old heating system. The music leads her to a troubled but passionate songwriter whose brilliance gives her the strength to perform like never before. Yet their intense relationship puts Lucy in a precarious position: if she follows her muse, will she lose herself? And if she breaks it off, can she stand on her own again?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014859806
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Publication date: 08/10/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 283
File size: 693 KB

About the Author

Jennifer L. Fry is a writer, artist, and teacher in Marin County, California, where she lives with her wonderful husband, two adorable dogs, and orange tabby cat. Though she has been writing since she was young, A Part to Play is her first novel. Visit her website at: www.jenniferlfry.com/home.

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A Part to Play 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
When I began reading this book, I was quite intrigued because I could not help but think of "The Phantom of the Opera." While it is certainly not the exact story, I think if you pick it up and read it, you will probably see what I mean. I actually had hoped it would be more like that story, but after all, the story had a much bigger message to get across than comparisons with that story. As I read this book, I couldn't help but become engrossed in the story. After all, I love the theatre and music. Put those together, and it is a winning combination. I appreciated the fact the author dealt with how a family handled an unthinkable tragedy, and I was glad to see the resolution of the situation in the way it did. I was able to connect with the characters with virtually no trouble. The characters may have been somewhat stereotypical, but I did not see that as any real kind of problem. I am grateful to say that there are no sex scenes in this book--that is always a relief. I could have done without the superfluous profanity, especially since this book's targeted audience is upper high school. I had considered whether I should mark the book down for this, but I chose not to. Up until the last ten pages of the book, I had planned on giving this book a 4-star rating. But I knew when I read the conclusion that this book deserved the 5 stars. Why? Without giving anything away, Jennifer Fry has created a very strong female character who truly embraces who she is as a woman and a person. If you are looking for a book that is a typical young adult romance, you may wish to look elsewhere. This book is much more realistic, and you may not like the ending. I can honestly tell you that I was exuberant when I reached the end! Lucy is smarter as a fifteen-year-old than I was at the age of 30! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
JohannaP More than 1 year ago
¿Reading this book has been very easy and fast. But the context causes conflicting emotions, at least in me. There is a romance in this story, and it is not easy. Also the starting of the relationship takes a while from the beginning but I enjoyed the read even before the romance side. The characters..oh the characters! Why don´t they just wisen up! They irritate me and they make me smile. The story in this book is not an easy one, it is a deep one from multiple angels. I have the last pages to read to finish it so I do not know yet if it has a happily ever after ending or not, but for the characters sake I do hope so! This book has aroused a lot of different feelings and has made me root for the characters to cope with all the things going on. Not every book does any of this. Even if it is not the easiest book to read considering the grim things in the story, it was otherwise very much that. I love when reading doesn´t require me to gather up enough concentration to be able to read and understand what I´m reading. The story in it self did that for me. The relationships in this story are hard, which is not in many books I read. It did give the story credibility. All in all it has been a
MarissaA More than 1 year ago
This was a novel that was written really well; the writing style just worked and the story had a strong flow. I really, really liked that about this story. The story itself, plot and everything, was nice. I think there is a difference in Lucy, by the end of the story. She's a broken girl in the beginning, and by the end, she's a bit stronger and I liked that character development. The talented musician, Chris, seems very talented, but I think he and Lucy, fell for each other really fast. I mean, that could just happen at times, but I think if there were more scenes, to show why they fell for each other instantly, that would have helped me believe it more. I think what was realistic, was a first love gone...bad, and I don't want to give away too much, but I did like that there were scenes and situations written, that have us look at their dysfunctional-like relationship. Chris, I'm not sure I really liked him, but again, this was a good story of a first love that might not have a happy ending.  My Rating: 4/5PG-13 Rating (Some Language; 15-16+) 
Lily_F More than 1 year ago
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven blog. At the beginning of this novel, I was thrilled. This book reminded me of the Phantom of the Opera, one of my most favorite of all stories. As I read about Lucy trying to find her way to where the mysterious music comes from, and to the voice that lures her in, my heart was beating, and I was anxious with anticipation for what or who she would find. The search was frustratingly long though. I wish she would find him already! But then she finally did.... And there sits Chris, the mysterious boy with the beautiful voice sitting at the piano. But from the get go, I wasn't very fond of him. Besides the amazing voice and musical skill, there was really no substance to him that was attractive. Though Lucy describes the pull she has for him outside of the allure of his music, I couldn't really understand it. The guy is a complete jerk! Clingy, temperamental and incredibly selfish for the majority of this novel. The ending was predictable, but with a lot of relief from me towards Lucy. Lucy was a very well developed character in this novel, though I ended this story not really connecting to Chris or other characters as well in this novel. I felt I didn't know them as well as I should have. And maybe that was the intent; to focus on Lucy's struggle with her family tragedy, and the growth of her self-confidence as she comes to terms and deals with her pain. I enjoyed Ms. Fry's style of writing, and would love to read more of her novels in the future. This novel was an enjoyable read, and would certainly recommend it to fans of YA fiction, and those that love the Phantom of the Opera story. That is what initially attracted me to the book in the first place, and the element that I enjoyed the most about this book. *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
kel_babyy More than 1 year ago
This book was really good, it kinda felt like a modern day Phantom of the Opera, which i loved because i love that story.  This book follows 15 year old Lucy, an actress who losses her sister in a car accident and when her mother shuts herself off from everything her dad just cant handle it and sends Lucy off to the Edmund School for Performing Arts, a boarding school. Going to boarding school doesnt help Lucy at all, her grades are terrible, she cant seem to shake her newly found stage fright, and getting caught breaking curfew she ends up getting into a lot of trouble and almost gets expelled from the school. But while studying one night she hears this beautiful music out of nowhere, and for some reason she just has to find out where and most importantly who its coming from, so risking getting caught again she finds a way into the venting system and spends several nights searching for the person responsible for the music. Once Lucy finds the guy responsible they become a couple and Lucy can finally perform like she could before the car accident, the only downfall is how clingy and obsessive her new boyfriend is.  Lucy has to choose between keeping the guy who made her want to perform and helped her find her passion again, or letting him go and standing on her own once again.  The story-line of this book was great, and it kept me on my toes the whole time. I really enjoyed reading this book and i would recommend it to anyone looking for a good easy read!  I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!
AshleyNoelle More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, I really liked A Part To Play by Jennifer Fry. It was an easy read—language wise, but Fry delves into topics I hadn’t really read about, and I commend her for it because these topics aren’t always the easiest to read, let alone write. The characters in A Part To Play aren’t perfect. They fight with each other, have stupid arguments friends have because they’re stressed out elsewhere and then make up five minutes later, and the characters each have their quirks. From the start, the main character, Lucy is dealing with internal issues, captivating the reader right away. As we get more into the story, we are introduced to a love interest, who was cleverly dropped into a few scenes before we meet him. It’s obvious to the reader the relationship between Lucy and Chris isn’t a healthy one, but Lucy and Chris still delve into their relationship. I think Lucy and Chris’s toxic relationship is something Fry handles very delicately and very well for what this relationship turns into. She weaves enough hints for the reader to realize what this relationship will probably end in, but you’re still not sure. I also liked how Fry treated Lucy’s mother. While written in third person, readers still get a skewed view of Lucy’s mother from Lucy, who is angry with her mom and hurt by her. I liked how these issues are addressed and dealt with, as opposed to chalking it up teenage angst. Another thing Fry does well is how much Lucy actually felt her age throughout this whole story. Most characters I come across feel as if they’re older than they are, but Lucy doesn’t. Yes, she has moments where she does channel an older mentality, but for the most part Lucy feels like a high school student. And I appreciated that. The only thing I wish that was addressed more is Chris. It is hinted he has a mental illness of sorts (maybe only I have gotten that vibe), but it is never really addressed once he cracks. He ships off and that is that. I wish I had some more insight on that, but other than that I had no qualms with Fry’s A Part To Play. I suggest buying your own copy and settling in to read it. It’s a great story that deserves to be heard, and I am looking forward to more from Fry.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to begin. This book is absolutely amazing. It sucked me in right from the start. I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read it. I sure hope she has more books to come in the future because she is an excellent storyteller. I would love to see more from her.
Ky_Biernacki More than 1 year ago
I just started this book yesterday, and since I am reading it on my Kindle it is only showing me percent progress so I only 18% in but I'm only reading on the go at the moment. So far I love this book. I can relate to the main character, Lucy, really well. With a devastating event happen in her life and then being sent off somewhere because her family is broken now, unable to handle seeing her everyday when they themselves are lucky to get out of bed in the morning. I wonder if she will be able to get out of the funk haze she is in and find herself before she loves her sense of self completely. Ok, I finished "A Part to Play" by Jennifer L. Fry today and to say the least it is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. It started off with a tragedy within Lucy's family. This prompts her family to fall apart and they send her off to ESPA school, a fancy school to help with Lucy's acting. You follow her to school and watch her zombie around the school there but not really there. Her acting as well as her school work suffer in response. Everyone can relate to a situation where they are affected so much that they lose all sense of feeling which is what really drew me in. Lucy starts to hear music coming up through her vent in her dorm room and she is curious to see where it comes from. Through the music her healing begins. She starts to write in her journal again as well as find who she was before the traumatic event in her life. She starts to act again and finds friends, though she is still curious as where the music comes from. Lucy continues looking for the source of the music, believing it is a ghost playing from beyond the grave. When she finally finds the source of music she finds that it is a boy, Chris, and not a ghost who plays the haunting music that draws her from her depressed state. Lucy and Chris hit it off. Chris and his music fill the void that had torn her life apart, but now she is remembering who she is and how strong she can be. You follow Lucy through her first year at ESPA and watch her first relationship with Chris go from hot and steamy to non existent. Everyone out there can relate to the life of Lucy, between having to adjust to a new school/friends, having a life changing event, and first loves. This book is a must for every young adult reader.
JKimok More than 1 year ago
I was very excited when Ms. Fry asked me to read and review her debut book A Part to Play. When I started the book, I was about 12% into it when I realized I had connected deeply enough with Lucy that I had already cried with and for her, laughed with her at some of the memories she shared, and genuinely felt for her and her family. My first night of reading carried me through the early morning hours and over half of the book. I guess it's safe to say that I couldn't put it down. :) As a mother, warning signs went up as I watched Lucy and Chris interact. I empathized with her parents, but Ms. Fry did such a great job of building Lucy's character that I was more connected to her and her journey through loss and back into the light that I didn't get so motherly. Other than a few typos which weren't glaring due to the interesting journey of Lucy, I can't find anything to fault. In fact, I found myself trying to imagine what happens next, what Isa's back story is, how Paige and Isa grow and change, the relationship between Lucy and Nicole, etc. I can't wait for a sequel and I'll definitely be following Ms. Fry and awaiting her next story to tell!!
linlin25 More than 1 year ago
A Part to Play made me feel a variety of emotions in a very short amount of time reading it. It thrilled me whenever Lucy attempts to find the source of the music. I was determined to go through the journey of finding it with her that I couldn’t stop reading. When she finally did, I was so excited to know what’s going to happen next. Did I say I couldn’t stop reading? The story was very easy to follow and the transitions from scene to scene were smooth. However, reading the novel made me feel like I was watching a movie. It felt a little rushed and before you know it something else is going on. I wished it was a little longer and had more details in some parts (like details of the accident). The ending left me hanging (in a good way). Now I really want to know what happens to Lucy and especially Chris. Overall, it was a good read and I enjoyed it.
TrueLove1 More than 1 year ago
This book was truly a work of art. I have not had a book open up some of my buried emotions in a long time but this book did that and more. The writing flowed so much so that when I looked up I had gone through pages upon pages without looking away from the book. I guess the best way for me to explain why I loved this books is to do a pros and cons list. Pros * The characters were memorable and lovable. Lucy was an absolute jewel. She made me remember how I felt after the loss of a loved one and how everything changed yet I had to still be strong. Her growth from empty shell to a blossoming rose was breathtaking, I am sure it will stay with me for many years to come. Lucy's friend Isa is the kind of friend we all need. Someone who will talk sense into us when we need it most. * Lucy relationship with her musician. I was not a fan of him because I could see the signs of where the relationship was going. But I applaud Ms. Fry for skillfully showing the relationship and the dynamics of it and why it is sometimes hard to say goodbye. Cons The book was much too short. Everything was done perfectly but now I want to know what happens next for Lucy and the rest of the cast. Dose her mom get better? What happens in Lucy's junior year? What happens to Chris? I hope there is more to come on Lucy but until then I hope Ms. Fry has something else in the works that can move me like this. *I was given a copy of the book by the author but I was not paid for my review.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite Lucy Carter’s family fell apart when her sister Kate died in a car accident. At fifteen Lucy still needed her parents' love and comfort but her mother walked around like a zombie and her father didn’t seem to know what to do. After making a large donation to the Edmond School, Lucy was enrolled even though it was late in the semester. Lucy felt as if she had been deserted by her parents. At first she seemed to float through classes in a fog. But the school had high expectations of its students and Lucy wasn’t living up to them. She worked hard to catch up with her class. Her drama teacher recognized her potential as an actress. Nicole, the school bully, was jealous of all the attention the drama teacher was giving Lucy. Nicole was determined to make life miserable for Lucy. At night Lucy heard wonderful music drifting through the air. She began searching for the source. She discovered a talented young man playing a piano and composing music. At first they drew strength, courage and power from each other but eventually things turned sour. "A Part to Play" is a coming of age tale. Lucy is the lead character. I was quickly drawn into her story. I could feel her pain from missing her sister and feeling neglected and abandoned by her parents. Nicole was a bully and easy to dislike until I considered why she was a bully. Chris was seventeen year old and a music genius. Jennifer Fry captures the emotions of a teenager and the emotions of losing someone you love. "A Part To Play" is an entertaining story that will warm the heart.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sylvia H. for Readers Favorite Cold, empty, and wrought with despair is Lucy Carter’s life. It has changed incredibly. Before the tragic accident that took her older sister Kate’s life, Lucy’s family was a happy-go-lucky loving family. After the accident, Lucy’s world and that of her parents slowly began to unravel like the yarn on a crocheted blanket. The once close-knit family became broken and shattered to pieces like the broken glass of the automobile that changed all of their lives. Still grieving over the death of their eldest daughter, Lucy’s parents decide to split up, and send Lucy to a boarding school, The Edmond School for Performing Arts. At first Lucy is resentful, depressed and sullen about the circumstances that have changed her life. The once talented, very promising sophomore drama major now has to find a way to start anew. Lucy attempts to find a way to go on without her sister, Kate, and without the physical and emotional support of her parents. Feeling all alone, out of place, and in danger of being sent back to the home that she no longer had, Lucy struggles to again find the passion of the theater and ignite the fire that once burned inside of her. With rumors abounding about the school being haunted, Lucy goes to great lengths to uncover the secret that lies deep within. Lucy’s vigor and enthusiasm for the theater and for life itself returns, and she is led down a new path, a path that is filled with adventure, love and a renewed sense of wakening. Author Jennifer L. Fry’s first novel "A Part to Play" has captured the true essence of life at a highly competitive performing arts high school. Having graduated from a performing arts school myself, I felt the pain and anguish that her character Lucy must have felt. I was also able to relate to most of the characters in her story. I really liked how the character of Lucy evolved over time. In "A Part to Play" I was inspired by Lucy’s character, and really liked how Lucy found her way through her own tunnel of darkness, with the help of “music therapy“. Jennifer wrote with compassion and with a deep understanding of all of her characters, especially the character of Lucy. I feel that she nailed it on the head when she wrote how Lucy desperately wanted to fit in and find her way once more. She just wanted to be the actress that she once was before the terrible accident that changed her family’s life. The author also made the story come to life as she fervently narrates how Lucy’s life was broken and fragmented into pieces, how she came back to life as she made new friends, and how she found love. Also the anticipation leading up to Lucy’s discovery of the identity of her mysterious musician makes it an exciting book to read.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite Desperate to regain her life minus her sister and best friend, Lucy is sent away to attend a prestigious arts school where she is faced with bitter obstacles of being the “new kid” and dealing with the tragic death of her sister. In their attempt to cope with the death of their oldest daughter, Lucy’s parents appear to have forgotten their parental responsibilities to their surviving child. On her own, Lucy feels worthless. One night she is haunted by the strands of a lone musician, distantly besieging Lucy to discover the maker, regardless of where her search leads. In the dark recesses of the old school, Lucy searches until she discovers that the ghostly music is not the product of a legendary spirit, but the gift of a despondent custodian. Chris reawakens Lucy’s ambitions and desire to be what her sister would want her to be. But can Lucy succeed in the controlling relationship that her handsome savior provides? Can Chris let go long enough for Lucy to rule her own destiny? "A Part to Play" by Jennifer L. Fry illuminates the dangerous control that young love adapts when two people are in need of the support and acceptance necessary to grow into themselves. I believe that this story reaches into the inner conflict that teens experience in the battle to love and be loved. Young love is tumultuous enough without the pressure of feeling responsible for the actions of the other party. I like that Lucy learns to make proper decisions and realizes the consequences of her actions.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite "A Part to Play" by Jennifer L Fry is a punchy YA novel. The author doesn’t shy away from dealing head on with difficult issues including bereavement, mental breakdown, uncontrolled anger, emotional insecurity and pressure to conform. Heroine Lucy has recently lost her sister Kate, her best friend, in a car crash. Lucy needs her parents to help her through but they are as bewildered and lost as she is. A rash remark by her mother makes Lucy feel unwanted and a failure. This is reinforced when she is sent off to a School of Performing Arts. She has a tough time settling in and has to deal with a lot of hostility but she won’t give her secret away. Ghostly music attracts her to explore underground passages in the school and she meets talented musician Chris who makes her feel wanted and important. But he begins to need her too much and Lucy realises she must be strong and stand up for herself and get her life going in the right direction again. Not just for her own sake, but for her family too. Lucy is a wonderful, strong character. We really get under her skin and share first her grief and then her determination. We are as frustrated as she is by the treatment she receives from apparent friends and definite enemies. It is refreshing that in this YA novel, adults, specifically parents, aren’t automatically portrayed as evil and dumb, but as human beings with the same struggles and failings as the younger generation. Nicole and Chris emerge as complex, troubled persons, but victims of themselves as much as others. This is a gritty, realistic book that is extremely thought provoking and a challenging but very rewarding read.