Friday, November 23, 2012

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: A Part to Play by Jennifer L. Fry

Title: A Part To Play
Author: Jennifer L. Fry
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Pages: 261
Book Blurb:
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?

About Jennifer L. Fry:
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. 

My Thoughts:
Lucy Carter is fifteen years old when tragedy strikes her family. Her older sister Kate is killed in a car accident and Lucy's world is completely shattered. Her mother struggles with the most basic existence and her father can't hold the remainder of the family together, so the decision is made to send Lucy to the Edmond School for Performing Arts, boarding school. As much as her parents hope it will be just what Lucy needs, she is left feeling alone and unwanted.

Then one night Lucy hears music coming through one of the vents in the common room. She is drawn to it and sets out to find where it is coming from and who it is playing it. Her search leads her to Chris. Instantly attracted and drawn to each other, they both fill the voids in the others lives and help bring each others creativity to the surface.

I loved Lucy. You could feel her pain at not just losing her sister, but also her parents and the family dynamic. She acted with the exact emotions and feelings that you would expect of someone her age. Her relationship with Chris is intense to say the least. Her emotional conflict and struggles to find the strength for the decisions that she needed to make were heartfelt. And what a wonderful friend she finds in Isa. I loved her quirkiness and her ability to tell it like it is.

At no point did I know what was going to happen next in the story. With each turn of the page something completely unexpected was revealed to me. The author writes with such fluidity that it is with the utmost ease to be captured by and swept away in the story. A wonderful debut which I'm hoping the author will write a sequel to in the near future.

4.5/5 Stars!!

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  1. Thank you so much to YA Book Addict for hosting and reviewing my novel. I'm thrilled you enjoyed reading it, and I hope many others will.

  2. Thanks for the interview- added this to my TBR list.

  3. I love books like this that show the main character's journey out of grief--as a psychology student, I'm always intrigued looking into characters' minds and watching how they deal with obstacles in life :)
    Can't wait to read this book!

  4. I really enjoyed this book. I was ecstatic when Jennifer Fry messaged me asking me to read and review it. I thought that the concept was great. I did cry occasionally. Even though it was a quick read (took me about a day of on and off reading), I thought it was well worth it and it cured my boredom. (:

    irene of Quick Candles - Floating


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