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Dear Lucy: A Novel

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  344 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
An enchanting narrator propels this unique first novel that will appeal to fans of "Room" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time."Lucy is a young woman with an uncommon voice and unusual way of looking at the world. She would tell you that she is "missing too many words," but despite her limitations she has a boundless zest for discovery and a deep desire t ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 1st 2013)
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May 22, 2013 Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"We put our arms around each other. We become two circles that don't have any beginnings
or ends. Inside our circles she can be safe as the inside of the eggs."

Lucy a character from this story who was memorable and beautiful in her keen a unique outlook on her world. She has problems in reading and communicating, words don't come out so easily like everyone else that she encounters in her life, she has to think and rethink and then try to say what she feels as best as she can in words. She brin
the dirt that was underneath the car chases behind. the dirt doesn't want to be left behind. it liked the feeling of something touching it from above. it doesn't want that feeling to leave. But just because you want a thing to be yours doesn't mean it stops being able to leave.

3.5 stars. Dear Lucy started a bit slow, and it took me two or three chapters to get used to Lucy's unique voice. But once I got into it, I thought the author did an amazing job of getting us inside the head of a mentally
Alice Bola
Apr 25, 2013 Alice Bola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the strangest reviews I have ever written. I thought Dear Lucy was brilliant. The concept was remarkable. It was creative, well written and unlike anything I have ever read, expect for maybe Room by Emma Donoghue (read our review here). It was haunting and beautiful. I fully understand why this novel will get the critical acclaim it deserves. That being said, I did not like it at all. Shocking, right? I’m not mad I read it, in fact I highly recommend it.

I know it’s stran
Luanne Ollivier
Apr 23, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Lucy is Julie Sarkissan's newly released debut novel. I can't imagine being a first time author waiting for readers' reactions to your work. So Julie, let me say right from the top - I knew from the first few pages that I was going to love it.

Lucy has trouble communicating with the world.

"What's the matter with you?
I know that question.
What's the matter with you?
When someone asks you that question, there is no answer."

Lucy has been sent by her Mum mum to live on a farm with Mister and
May 25, 2013 latybug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a First Reads offer.
I teach junior high, and every year I have students in my classes who are learning disabled, emotionally disabled, mentally disabled, or physically disabled. Sometimes they may have a combination of disabilities. While others have commented that it was difficult for them to read Lucy's voice, I actually liked her voice the best. It's hard to understand what is going on inside some of my students' heads (disabled or not) and I enjoyed being inside Lucy'
Jul 15, 2013 Agatha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Julia Fierro
Brilliant. A book like no other. Daring in structure, particularly in point-of-view, voice and language, but truly successful in terms of meaning, emotional implication, psychological complexity and story. I read the last half of the book in one sitting!
I am proud of the writer for taking these ambitious risks and for her editor in seeing the great potential this book has to move many readers.
Apr 09, 2014 Anne rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
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Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
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Lately, I've had a thing for books with a very unusual narrator. There was The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, about a boy who could not speak and saw emotions and colours, and now there is Dear Lucy. Lucy is an interesting character, she is special and doesn't understand a lot about what is going on around her. Her mother has left her on this farm with "Mister and Missus" because she is not ale to take care of Lucy on her own. This st
3.5 stars

“Sometimes the best thing you can do for your family is stay away from them.”

Lucy's mother has left her on the farm, thus turning her into "Lucy on the farm". Her mother, Mum Mum, tells her never to leave the farm or else she won't be able to find her when she returns.

Lucy on the farm only has one friend. Samantha. Samantha with her red hair and green eyes. Samantha with the baby growing inside her.

The farm belongs to Mister and Missus. They have agreed to take in Samantha and Lucy. All
Jaime Boler
May 03, 2013 Jaime Boler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have never felt fiercely protective of a character before, but the urge to shield Lucy, the main speaker in Julie Sarkissian’s quirky, unique, and weirdly beautiful debut, Dear Lucy, overtook me. And there’s a good reason why: Lucy is developmentally delayed and has issues with behavior and language yet she is filled with determination and love. Lucy is limited, yes, but she looks at the world with wonder and sees it as full of possibility. Lucy is extraordinary and she certainly becomes spec
Laurie Larson-Doornbos
Samantha and Lucy spend their days and nights on the farm of Mister and Missus, little more than hired hands, but without the pay. They weed, stitch, gather eggs, feed the pigs. Both are sad souls, left on the farm's doorstep when no one else would have them. Samantha is sixteen and pregnant, waiting for the birth of a baby that won't be hers for long. Lucy is a child in a woman's body with a simple mind and sometimes violent temper. Even though mum mum locks her in the bedroom when she goes out ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read “Dear Lucy,” but one or two chapters in I was afraid I was going to be disappointed. Writing a book that is written in a very particular voice is risky, and I wasn’t sure Julie Sarkissian had succeeded. But soon I became less aware of the voice and absorbed in the story. Lucy’s voice became less of a distraction and was important to the story, allowing for some beautiful observations. Still, I was glad that there were two other narrators as well. Both Samantha and Missus we ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this book would have benefited from some serious editing and would have worked better as a short story or novella. While I found Lucy's innocent -- almost poetic observations -- of the world around her compelling in the first chapters, it wasn't long before I found the repetition tedious in the extreme. I also didn't understand Sarkissian's use of Jennifer the chicken as a key character -- I felt it was an unbelievable contrivance to move the story forward. All in all, not my favourite b ...more
Apr 25, 2013 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
DEAR LUCY tells the challenges of a mentally challenged girl and society in general by touching on topcs such as depression, hypocrites, lying, selfishness and the lengths we will go to get the things we want no matter what the cost to ourselves and others.
Throughout the story, the main focus is Lucy and the challenges evolving around her. From the mother who loves her child, but is unable to care for her to the people who take advatage of Lucys' lack of understanding. The author not only tells
Jun 01, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-fiction, funny
Picked this book up randomly at the library yesterday and finished it this afternoon. That's how engrossing it was. The narrator is a developmentally delayed girl with an incredibly enchanting way of looking at the world. Now, I'm not sure if the voice is really authentic -- because some of the other characters had some strange viewpoints, too -- but it was such a pleasure to read. The writing is so poetic and lovely.

Then the book ended. It was so abrupt. I was like, what, no? Not just in a way
Alex Templeton
This story is about a mentally impaired girl who is sent to live on a farm with an older couple and a pregnant teenager, and who goes on a quest to find the teenager's son when he disappears. Undoubtedly the strongest thing about this novel were the chapters written in Lucy's voice. Sarkissian did a great job inhabiting the limits of her mental capacities; the first chapter was especially excellent, voicing the child-like-ness and obsessiveness of a young woman who seemed to be somewhere on the ...more
Cathe Olson
Apr 22, 2013 Cathe Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so unexpectedly good. The story starts out fairly benign with a couple taking in a couple of girls -- one with special needs and one an unwed mother -- but as the book goes on, it just gets more disturbing and riveting that I really could not put it down. The author did a perfect job of dropping bombshells bit by bit so the whole situation just becomes more and more twisted and intriguing. I very much enjoyed this and will be waiting for more from this author.
May 27, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, but I could not connect with any of the characters...none of them had much redeeming value about them. Very uniquely written book, with multiple points of view, but many disturbing themes (particularly incest) which left me with a bad feeling in my stomach and made me dislike the book more than I probably would have without them.
Joanie Driemeyer
Nov 17, 2014 Joanie Driemeyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked lucy a lot. I loved that she had a pet chicken named Jennifer. She was misunderstood by so many, and saw the world in such a unique way. Read it if you like unusual characters, and don't need trite happy endings.
Devon T
Jan 08, 2013 Devon T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome book! I really fell in love with the main character and enjoyed her perspective a great deal. The language is lyrical and lovely, but the story suspenseful and surprising. I was amazed by where the author takes us. Such a delight!
Jackie Murrell
Jul 14, 2014 Jackie Murrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told mostly through the eyes of Lucy, a young girl with what I suppose we would describe as learning difficulties (autistic spectrum?), the mystery of what happened to tMister and Missus, their adopted daughter, Lucy's own mother and Samantha, Lucy's friend on the farm where she has been sent to live,slowly unfolds. Lucy is an unreliable narrator as she understands and interprets things differently, partly because of what others tell her, and she once she becomes convinced of something, it is ve ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an emotionally stunning book by debut author, Julie Sarkissian. Carson McCullers meets Faulkner. Sarkissian's voice is one you want to hear over and over again. I look forward to following her career.
Rita Mahan
Feb 22, 2016 Rita Mahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this book to be captivating from page one which is rare for me. The story is written from the viewpoint of several characters and "Lucy" is a mentally challenged young woman who has been left with an older farm couple called "mister and missus"....It's never really clear how this comes about only that Lucy has been a handful for her vain and immature mother. Lucy's only
friend is a pregnant teenager named Samamtha and they form a genuine bond. Lucy makes a promise to Samantha and the plot e
Suzy Wilson
This novel left me with mixed feelings. Although I finished it a couple of days ago, I have sat with it, mulled it over before putting fingertip to touchpad and providing my feedback.

Firstly, and importantly, I want to thank Simon & Schuster, through NetGalley, for a free copy of DEAR LUCY, in exchange for an honest review.

The novel revolves around a handful of viewpoints - told through alternating 1st person points of view (POV) and explores a range of themes. The principal protagonist is L
Oct 05, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A STELLAR first novel! Brava!

This is a writer to watch.
Laila Kielland
Feb 15, 2016 Laila Kielland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 13, 2014 Karina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am still really not sure how I feel about this book. At parts I loved the narration from Lucy because it was very simple and innocent and other times I felt like it was drastically over done. I found myself skipping some parts. The story was an interesting one which made me race through the book but it was one of those that felt like it all built up to one moment and then just fell flat. The ending was terrible. But overall, it was an interesting read and different from anything else I have ev ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Savannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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{from my personal review blog}

"Dear Lucy is told primarily from the viewpoint of a young, mentally challenged girl named Lucy, who is looked after on a farm by two caregivers, named Mister and Missus, who are tasked to tend to her until her mother decides she can once again keep her in her life. Also on the farm is a young, pregnant woman named Samantha, who is equal parts loving of little Lucy, and secretive about her past, as well as several chickens that Lucy loves to oversee, and the left-b
Tracy's Place
Dear Lucy is about a girl – I think she’s about 13, maybe 14 years old – who is sent to live on a farm outside the city with Mister and Missus because her mother can’t handle her any longer. Her mother loves her to death but she gets frustrated and when the mom’s new boyfriend suggests that he contact his friend to see about placement Lucy’s mom takes him up on it.

Now Lucy likes being at the farm because she’s with Samantha. Samantha is a pregnant teen who is on the farm so that she’s not living
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