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Love, Lucy

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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,724 ratings  ·  354 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
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Published January 27th 2015 by Poppy
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!

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 jus
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jenna Major
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?!
My Thoughts

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
Beth  (YA Books Central)
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

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,
Nasty Lady MJ
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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  ·  review of another edition

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
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
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
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
*I received an ARC of this book from the NOVL newsletter.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

I was not a fan of Love, Lucy. There were many weak parts to it and I ended up getting too annoyed by them to enjoy reading the book.

First of all, the romance. The idea of a whirlwind romance in Italy sounds sweet, but it fell flat for me. I didn't feel the couple's connection. The two fell for each other pretty quickly and their time together was sped through too much for me. I couldn't sense the emotions Lucy wa
Taylor Knight
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 o
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, romance
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
Michelle Sedeño
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Kat (Lost in Neverland)

Lucy was a young, aspiring actress, dreaming of the big stage despite her disapproving parents. The summer before college, Lucy's father approaches her with a deal: Go to college and major in business instead of drama, and he'll pay for a month-long trip for her to backpack across Europe for the summer.
So Lucy gives up her dream job for the trip of a lifetime, making the most out of it, especially during the last week when she meets a wandering musician in Italy. But will this newfound romance
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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