A Part to Play by Jennifer L. Fry
Summary: 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?
My View: Hmm, I liked the concept, it’s innovative even though the backdrop is often used in books, its treatment was new.
I liked the twists and turns. Though there wasn’t very much going on but the book had a quiet, nice feel to it and it didn’t feel dull. A few oft repeated scenes towards the end may have irked me a bit but not too much.
I liked the bit of drama, thrill and romance thrown in. However, I was thrown off by the end, I wasn’t expecting that. But on second thought, I’m relieved with the end. It’s so real unlike the fantastical fairy tale endings that other books have.
It makes for a good read for especially students (school, high school) as they will be able to identify with all the chaos that a student life entails.
As Lucy sat down in the graveyard against an aging oak tree, she caught her breath and thought of all the ways Kate had helped her to be stronger. She thought of how hard her sister pushed her to go to ESPA because Kate believed in her so much. Lucy knew she’d disappointed her sister when she decided not to go to the school. She told herself it was because it was too expensive for her parents and she would miss her friends and family too much to go, but deep down, she knew it was because she was afraid that she wasn’t talented enough and she would embarrass herself and her parents.
Imagining her life going forward without Kate, all she could see was a vast emptiness ahead. A throbbing pain started in her head, her stomach, everywhere all at once. Lucy hugged her knees to her chest and let the tears come as hard and fast as possible. She stamped her feet and pounded her fists into the moist dirt at the base of the tree. It wasn’t fair. It wasn’t fair!
Her life came down to a before and after. Before accident, the bright world full of laughter, and after accident, the muted world through fogged up glass. Just when the glass started to clear up, something reminded her of all that she’d lost.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.
Giveaway (US/Canada only)
Jennifer will award one commenter at every stop an 8×10 autographed print of an original illustration of one of her characters, and one randomly drawn commenter on the tour will receive an 11×17 autographed set of all three main characters in the book.
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