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A Part to Play

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
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 wit ...more
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Published August 10th 2012 by Rogue Phoenix Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Aug 29, 2012 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~ rated it it was amazing
I love this story. For too many reasons.
When I was asked to read this novel by Ms. Fry, I was excited to say the least. I couldn't put my finger on it but I knew I was going to love it. I could not stop reading this book. Jennifer, I tip my hat to you for sharing such a rich and heartfelt story. This book is packed with so much emotion it just resonates with you. I cried. ALOT. Happy, sad, and angry tears.

So let me get to why I love this story.
The writing: It flows at an even pace. For such a s
Jennifer Fry
Oct 03, 2012 Jennifer Fry rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am proud of A PART TO PLAY, my debut novel, because I stayed true to the story I set out to tell. It's a story of coping with loss, of the foolish things we do when we are wrapped up in our first love, of understanding a different paradigm within the parent-child relationship, and most importantly, of learning to believe in yourself.

Ironically perhaps, because she is not the lead in the story, my favorite character is Isa. She is spunky and insightful, brave and funny - everything I value in a
Sep 20, 2012 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, free
This review contains spoilers.

When the author first contacted me and asked me if I would be willing to give an honest review of her book in exchange for a free copy of the e-book version, I was ecstatic, to say the least, having never made a trade like that before. But I was also a bit worried; what if I didn't like it? Would I have the heart to give an honest review then? As I started reading that thought plagued my mind, but almost immediately it slipped away as I got caught up in the story
Rosemary Stoneman
Sep 19, 2012 Rosemary Stoneman rated it it was amazing
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.

* 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 h
Nicholas May
Sep 09, 2012 Nicholas May rated it it was amazing
A Part To Play" is a very strong debut by Jennifer L. Fry, that at first look might look like another of many coming of age, teenage girl novels, but Fry quickly brings life to her main character, and makes us feel the very real pain of losing a family member. Fry opens a window into the family dynamic after it has been torn apart by grief, and fifteen-year old Lucy is the only one strong enough to stand up and move on through life, even though she doesn't realize that she is the strong one. It ...more
Jocelyn Sanchez
Sep 26, 2012 Jocelyn Sanchez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
When I was asked to review this book by the author, to be honest I was really excited! I wanted to read the book because it looked amazing. So when I started reading, I was not disappointed, it was truely a fantastic book!

This book starts off with Lucy going to ESPA, a school for performing arts. Lucy was a very gifted actress, that was until her sister Kate died in a car accident. After that her parents sent her to ESPA because her mother couldn't move on, and her dad wasn't strong enough to h
Sep 23, 2012 Mitsy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA, parents and teachers
Lucy is 15 and just lost her older sister. Her mother is unable to cope. Her father tries to do what's best and ships Lucy off to drama school. There, Lucy struggles with the loss of her sister and the abandonment she feels from her parents. After weeks of grieving, wooden performances in her drama class, and failing grades Lucy is put on academic probation. Then she hears music that awakens her inside and leads her to Chris.

This is a wonderful story of grieving, teen romance, and so much mor
Kelsy M
Sep 26, 2012 Kelsy M rated it it was amazing
i loved this book!
Kyla Biernacki
Sep 22, 2012 Kyla Biernacki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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 ...more
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Nov 25, 2012 Tracey (YA Book Addict) rated it it was amazing
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
Kristy Sartain- Whispering Pretty Stories Reviews
The author contacted me and asked me to read and review this book, which I was happy to do.

Overall, I liked A Part to Play. It is a devastatingly sad book, even with the happier moments included. I cried numerous times while reading it and had to walk away at one point so I didn't dissolve into a blubbering mess.

As far as characters, Lucy is a well developed leading character. She has quirks, flaws, and redeeming characteristics. She has been through so much in her short life and becomes a bett
Dec 15, 2012 NebraskaIcebergs rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Jennifer Fry has described her debut novel, A Part to Play, as a contemporary re-imagining of The Phantom of the Opera. For fans of this famous tragedy, this is excellent news. For everyone else (myself included), take heart. The Phantom of the Opera connection means, of course, that there is a romance with a troubled musician, but there are other issues too as you’ll discover later in my review. For now, I’ll also confess that A Part to Play was so well-written that I found it difficult to pinp ...more
Jennifer  Davis
Nov 13, 2012 Jennifer Davis rated it it was amazing
I was given an e-copy in exchange for my honest review for a blog tour.

I am always on the look out for amazing new authors. Being asked to participate in this blog tour has given me just that.

Lucy Carter had the perfect family life, until the tragic accident that took her sister away. Since then, her family has grown apart and she is sent away to school. ESPA is the school she has always dreamed of, but with everything going on in her life, she feels that all it is a dream that became a nightma
Nov 13, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
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 star
Ruth Hill
Dec 07, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
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 musi
Sep 22, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it


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. (:

The story: I thought that the concept of an art school, especially one with dorm rooms, was a creative idea. Most stories that have a school setting take place in an average sch
Oct 05, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it
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,
Nov 06, 2012 J.N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 dr
Jul 13, 2014 JoAnn rated it really liked it
Shelves: standalone, ya-na, 2012
First off, let me thank Jennifer for asking me to review this book. It's my first, and I'm honored to have been asked.

I found Lucy's character very likeable, and I really felt her pain of losing her sister and the emotional loss of her parents - all while dealing with a new school away from home and making new friends/enemies.

As a YA book, I think it has a valuable lesson in teaching young people that it's OK to feel loss, working hard for what you want, and valuing your self worth. Also, not ev
Jan 05, 2013 Marissa rated it really liked it
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, ...more
ShaNeil Harada
Aug 28, 2012 ShaNeil Harada rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
"A Part to Play" is a beautifully written story with characters that are masterfully brought to life. This story will warm your heart as often as it breaks it.

Fifteen-year-old actress Lucy Carter has just had her life turned upside down. Her older sister died in a car accident, and Lucy's parents have sent her off to boarding school while they fall apart from their loss. Lucy feels abandoned and alone, and even the `Edmond School for Performing Arts', a place where her dreams should come true, l
Nov 21, 2012 Charlene rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, review-request
I feel there are two strong emotional arcs in this story that make up the heart of the narrative. The first is the loss of Lucy’s sister in a car accident and the devastating effects on her family. The emotional realism of Lucy’s deteriorating family is vivid and well-realized, and made me choke up multiple times. I felt like the author brilliantly captured the emotion of this family trauma and Lucy’s efforts to cope drove the first part of the story.

In comparison, the second emotional arc - the
Sep 20, 2012 Estee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: ebooks
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 li ...more
Jenee Rager
Oct 06, 2012 Jenee Rager rated it really liked it
When I lost the goodreads giveaway for this book the author was kind enough to contact me and offer me a digital copy. That in no way affects my review though. :)

For the first 20 pages or so the story is slow to start. I was a bit caught off guard because of the ghost aspect of the story. I do not like ghost stories and was wondering what I got myself into. Thankfully after that the ghost portion of the book is over the story really takes off.

I found this to be a wonderful YA book. It manages t
Nov 05, 2012 Stacy rated it it was amazing
I won this book as a FirstRead.

I absolutely loved the story of Lucy, a teenager sent to a performing arts boarding school following the death of her sister and her parents' inability to cope. The characters were all well-rounded, and the story flowed at a nice pace. My heart went out to Lucy as she had to deal not only with her sister's death but also the feeling that her parents didn't love her anymore. I also kept wanting to tell her to be careful with her controlling boyfriend and was so glad
Nov 01, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
Being a part of this tour was a great way to introduce me to a new author in the Contemporary YA genre. I absolutely loved this faced paced story! The author very clearly painted her story in every line of this book. I couldn't help but want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. While this was a "happily ever after" type story, it was well written and the ending did fit what happened in the rest of the book. I can't wait to see what the author comes out with next :)
Sep 12, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
This book pulled me right in. I felt so bad for Lucy and all she was holding in and trying to deal with in her new life. The beauty of music can be such a comfort and she hunted it down and found her muse..but of course there is always dark to go with the light. I was on a roller coaster with her as she worked through in her life. I was very proud of her and what a wonderful book is all I can say..and WOW first book.wonderful!!!
I received this book from
Dec 11, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
I thought this book was rather interesting. I enjoyed the suspense that it brought forth to the reader and the depth it went into. I also found myself relating to the characters, which is a really hard thing to make your readers feel, so I'm glad she hit that perfectly. At some points, it was hard to understand, but otherwise I really liked it. Good debut for Fry!
Sep 23, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 150s-club
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.
Sep 22, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Wow. What a beautiful story and very emotional. My only problem was it was a little to short other than that I would totally recommend this book to anyone. Thanks to the author for the e-book!
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