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Love, Lucy

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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,947 ratings  ·  383 reviews
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Poppy
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Lola It is a retelling, actually! It’s a retelling of the book “A Room With A View” by E. M. Forster.

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Paula M

I immediately downloaded Roman holiday because of this book. AND I DO NOT REGRET IT. This book. This wonderful, precious, lovely book! Thank you April Lindner for bringing it to my life!!!!

I have to come clean. I was not sure of Love, Lucy before. But now that I finished it, I'm so glad I gave it a try because, well, the book was incredible. April's words just cut through me. I love how I felt all Lucy was feeling through out the book. The characters are amazingly well done and I love how I
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars

I am so surprised by Love, Lucy. Several days later and I'm still thinking about it. I loved everything about this book. It is set in Italy (at least over half of it), and the main protagonist is so likable. I truly loved the whole contemporary and wanderlust feel of it. By the end of the book I had the traveling itch so bad. Love, Lucy is the story of Lucy, who gave up her dream of acting for enrolling in business school at her father's alma mater. It isn't that simple, trust me. How
Claude's Bookzone
2.5 Stars

Well sadly this was a weak makeover of one of my favourite classics, A Room with a View.

Our modern Lucy is a bit annoying at times so I found it hard to get behind her. It's a shame because the reimagining itself was pretty good. Unfortunately the powerful metamorphosis of Lucy in the classic felt a little diluted in the modern version. Maybe because the original was set in a time where women had very little right to make decisions about their lives and the fact that she took control o
Jen Ryland
I've enjoyed all April Lindner's prior YA retellings, but sadly this one just wasn't for me. Love, Lucy is also a retelling -- of A Room With a View, a book I've never read, so I can't comment on that aspect, but I'm left wondering if this turn of the century novel with a love triangle and love vs. duty themes was the best choice for a YA retelling. I liked the Italian travelogue and appreciated the Roman Holiday references, I couldn't get over my annoyance with the main character.

In plot stru
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those looking for a quick/cute read!
This book hit me because I'm sort of in the same spot as Lucy and I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to university next year or if I'm going to travel aiuhsduwehfiwfhdofhfohg
3.5/5 stars!

Lucy had struck a deal with her father. If she goes to university/college for business then he'll pay for a trip to Europe. The book takes place in both Europe and back in America, which is super interesting because you get to see the effect of time and distance on a relationship. This a cute travel/coming of
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Very predictible, very cliché, but so so nice at the same time. And can I just pack my bags and go to Italy right this second?!
I adore books which feature travel, I’ve always wanted to travel the world so as I haven’t been able to do so yet, living vicariously through books which feature travel have kept me going so far. So I was extremely giddy when I found out Love Lucy was set around our MC travelling Europe.

Lucy’s dad let Lucy go on this fantastic journey opportunity of a life time however only if she agreed to study business afterwards. Lucy however was not into business; she was a super actress, one of the best. B
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Lucy Summerworth has one last summer before she start college as her parents want her to and give up her dream of musical theater and singing. Her dad wants her to major in business and even though her heart isn’t in it, she agrees to his offer of a trip backpacking through Europe. A suitable companion is found and studious Charlene accepts the offer of a paid trip to Europe. Charlene seems to have a chip on her shoulder since Lucy’s father is paying for the trip. The girl have a good

Love. Love. Love.

I'm such an ardent fan of April Lindner. I waited several years before reading Jane, resisting the idea of a revamped, contemporary Bronte retelling. When I acquired a copy of Catherine, Lindner's retelling of Wuthering Heights, I finally read both and loved them utterly. Lindner's skill with finding the important themes and crafting a modern narrative throughout is nothing short of brilliant. I love what she does with these books. When I heard that she was writing Love, Lucy,
Taylor Knight
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I always love books that take place outside of the US. It's a lot of fun to me to read about new places, places that I've never been. So when I read the synopsis for Love, Lucy, I knew that I would love this book. And I totally did.

I loved reading about Italy and all the adventures that Lucy, Charlene, and Jesse went on.
Everything was described really well and I could picture everything perfectly.

I thought Lucy was really likable and she was so awesome. I felt like she really made the best out
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love, Lucy is a contemporary romance that focuses on the main character, Lucy, and her whirlwind romance while backpacking in Europe. Lucy has just graduated high school and is getting ready to attend college. Lucy has always dreamed of being an actress and when she graduated high school she intended on getting her degree and pursuing acting......but Lucy's father had different plans. Her father offered to pay for her college tuition IF she changed her degree to business. He also offered to pay ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I’ve never read A Room With a View which is probably really sad since I was an English major. I have read some of April Lindner’s retellings in the past, most notably Jane. That book wasn’t exactly the most memorable book that I’ve read, but I remember it being a decent enough retelling.

Well, I remember not wanting to rip out my hair or my eyes weren’t rolling so much they were going to fall out.

But it wasn’t anything to write home about at the same time.

When I
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Featured in a "Pair It With" on Intellectual Recreation.

Room With a View makes me smile with lots of wistful, happy thoughts, and April Lindner's retelling gave me all those same good feelings. Full review to come.

And here it is:

Love, Lucy made my list of favorite reads of the year for 2014. It was such a treat to read. It's a retelling of E.M. Forster's Room with a View, and I really, really love Room With a View. The film version with Helena Bonham Carter, especially, makes me smile with lots
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, own
An exotic love story or a ''what was his name'' fling?

After this summer, Lucy's life is going to get serious. Her dad coerced her to drop acting and pursue a career in management. Goodbye artistic dreams, goodbye hope. But wait! Summer isn't over yet, and what a better place to fall in love and godspeed her dreams than in Italy. What Lucy didn't expect was that saying goodbye to a lover or a dream isn't as easy as it seems.

Lindner tackled two of life's big choices: love and career. When Lucy bi
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit

Check out a guest post from the main character of Love, Lucy and my thoughts before I read! 

I enjoyed Love, Lucy for what it was – a very light, sweet contemporary romance with a little bit of self-discovery. I read the whole thing in a few hours, and the action and drama kept the plot moving, and kept me wanting to finish.

Our MC, Lucy Sommersworth is a talented actress who has found success in high school and her community. But Lucy’s practical, businessman father doesn’t want her to major in
Michelle Wrona
This review could also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!

When I finished reading this book, my majestic warm-hearted side of me thought, "What a gorgeous damn read." April Lindner was, and still is one of my favourite authors, with each of her stellar novels ending up with a perfect 5 star rating. I'm obsessed and totally innocent, what else can I say? Love, Lucy is probably one of the few best reads that I've picked up this year and there's no doubt that it will
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Before I say anything about the quality of this book, I think we should all take a moment to admire the cover of this book. Because I love it. ^.^

This book, although having 300 pages was an easy read. I sat down and finished it in a day. The flow was smooth and I was interested in knowing what would happen.

The themes and messages in this book were evident. We have Lucy who wants to do acting, but her parents want her and manage to bribe her into taking a business major and giving up acting for g
Michelle Sedeño
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed on The Escapist.


*This review is based on an advanced reading copy. There might be some changes with the finished copy.

Reading Love, Lucy was fun. It actually reminds me of Gayle Forman's Just One Day. It was a light read but my overall thoughts about it was split in two. So allow me to write this review wherein I point my likes and dislikes.

Here are the things I loved about Love, Lucy:

It's a travel novel--and most especially--in Florence, Italy. One of the places I'd love
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was... Alright. I feel like it went too fast. I didn't really feel Lucy and Jesse's romance when they were together in Italy. I didn't get into the characters all that much. Lucy was a bit annoying to me and she did things that bothered me. This book was also very cliché. It was your garden-variety romance novel. It wasn't a terrible read though. I loved the touch of Italy and how you felt like you were really there with the characters. ...more
So hey, in some ways this is the kind of New Adult I want! Half of it is set at school and deals with actual college life.

But overall it was just okay. I couldn't quite get into the conflict between Lucy and her dad--he really DIDN'T say she couldn't ever act!--and the "wrong" guy seemed overall perfectly nice. (I mean, I liked Jesse, too. But she really didn't spend that much time with him, so it wasn't a clearcut choice.)

Oh, and the stuff with Charlene was really well done--so uncomfortable an
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
1 For Italy Setting's Sake Star

Well, I wouldn't say this book is outrageous or awful, it was just plain and straightly BORING. I didn't care for anyone, or the relationship even, the characters were kind of dislikable. Thinking hard enough it feels like no other character had depth, and were just a necessity of the plot so Lucy could understand herself and what decision to take. I am giving 1 star because I love Italy. The cover was so nice though, I guess is a dissever.
Mimi Zane
Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF at page 200

I requested this book from the publisher three times this past because I fell in love with the cover and the synopsis sounded like a perfect summer read that I could escape into this harsh cold Winter. Unfortunately, this book was a complete let down. The upside is that I received this book on my Birthday! It was a great gift and I am very grateful I received a copy. However, I would only recommend this sour soul to a few people.

If I fall asleep to a book within the first fifteen
Ms. Yingling
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Lucy really wants to be an actress, but her father wants her to major in business at his alma mater. If she gives up her dreams, he will reward her with a trip to Italy with the slightly older friend of the family. She and Charlene get along pretty well, but Charlene is rather difficult in Florence because she has a romance in the previous town and had to leave. Fed up, Lucy is glad to spend time with a New Jersey native Jesse tooling around town. Eventually, the two hook up, but then Lucy has t ...more
Jana at
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of A Room With a View (this is a retelling)
Love, Lucy is a glorious, wonderful, perfectly fabulous book. I seriously read this book in August, and I have not been able to figure out how to explain my love for it, but I have to!! There was not one thing I didn’t love, so I’m just going to make a little fangirl list of the best things about Love, Lucy before I push you off to buy yourself a copy.

– Love, Lucy took me right back to the magical city of Florence, Italy. Florence is one of my favorite places in the world, and April did it right
Kristen Cansler
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm so hot and cold with this book! I LOVED the part that's set in Italy. It was magical. I truly felt like I was with Lucy on the streets of Florence and Rome. This book was a quick read, so that part wrapped up far too soon for me. The second part, set at Lucy's college during her freshman year, was where I struggled.

I think if I was younger, I would have had a different reaction to Lucy. Her careless nature and the way she danced with danger so willingly while travelling abroad made my hear
Christie Michelle
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Reviewed originally on The Turning Pages.

April Lindner first popped up on my radar with her novel, Jane, a modern retelling of Jane Eyre, that I fell hard for. And like all novels that we love, (I have a particular soft spot for modern versions of classics that are done well), I told everyone I knew about it. Imagine my delight, when at a blogger meet up at the 2014 Y’allFest in November, an advanced reader copy of a novel by, no other than April Lindner, was placed into my hands. Try not to r
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The best books are the ones that can authentically transport you to different places. You'll find that with Love, Lucy. There are plenty of books that take you to England and France, not as many that take you to Italy. If you loved Anna and the French Kiss, I can guarantee you'll love this one!

Lucy is a likable protagonist who really grows into herself as the novel progresses. There may be points in her interactions with others (namely her parents) where you just want to push her in the right di
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
At seventeen, Lucy Sommersworth has just graduated from high school and has her whole life ahead of her. Acting is her passion and while she dreams of becoming an actress, her father has other plans. At his insistence, Lucy will be attending his alma mater and majoring in business come fall in exchange for an all-expenses-paid backpacking trip through Europe. But when one last carefree summer in Europe leads to first love and a multitude of life-changing experiences, Lucy discovers that the barg ...more
Daniela Soria

I so wanted to love this book more than I did. The cover is BEAUTIFUL. I love to stare at it.

The first half of the book was 4 1/2 stars. But the 2nd half fell flat. I couldn't really connect with the characters that much. This book also really reminded me of Just One Day.

I also just saw there is a spin-off novel coming out this May.

If you're looking for something easy to read then I would give this a go. If you're looking for something with a lot of meaning then this might be one to skip ov
Karyn Silverman
Apr 02, 2014 marked it as unfinished
Contemp take on A Room with A View. I think fans of Just One Day and 13 Little Ble Envelopes and Anna & the French Kiss will love this. It's well written too, just not a book I felt like reading straight through for myself, because it turns out I love the Forster so much that all I wanted to do was reread the original! Definitely one for the collection. ...more
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“I’m serious. He’s beginning to understand.… When a person really loves something… or someone…” “Yes?” Jesse asked, softly, his lips brushing her ear. “You just have to…” Lucy looked away, over to the sun-drenched piazza, then back into Jesse’s smiling face, into his warm, searching eyes, and the words came to her. “You just have to stand back and let them.” 2 likes
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