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I didn’t know this was a retelling nor have I read A Room with a View by E.M. Foster. So if you’re looking for a review regarding its retelling appeal, this isn’t it. Just so you know.
I had a lot of fun reading Love, Lucy by April Linder. It made me long for a European adventure of my own, summer days, and a little romance. Aside from all the fun though, Lucy tackles a fairly common issue many teenagers face today: Do you pursue a practical career, one your parents push you to pursue, or do you follow your heart, pursuing a career in something you love?
Personally, I wouldn’t have agreed with Lucy’s decision to go to Europe in trade for majoring in something she didn’t love but pleased her parents. In reality, I thought most of the situation was extreme. Her father was in against her extracurriculars. It felt a bit forced and over the top, but I must admit it did help to highlight Lucy’s growth.
Lucy was a very real character. She made mistakes and was fearful of pursuing what she loved because of possible failure and disappointing her parents. I loved how she wasn’t perfect and was like any other rebellious teenager trying to forge her own way.
The romance was sweet and frustrating. I don’t think it was the most important aspect of the story, but it did play a large role in emphasizing her two choices. Although there were two love interests, I thought it was clear who the main love interest was. It never really felt like a love triangle. I was even a bit skeptical of the second guy’s intentions. I enjoyed how the romance played out.
Overall, I really loved reading Love, Lucy by April Linder. The situation Lucy was in with her parents may have been a bit extreme, but it was fun watching Lucy grow and rebel into her own person. I loved how Love, Lucytackled such a real issue facing students as well. It was a very contemporary story, perfect for the teenager soon to be going to college. & Of course, it’s great for contemporary readers in general. I definitely want my own adventure like Lucy.