Love, Lucy is the type of book you want to pick up when things are stressful and you need a few hours to yourself to regroup. The YA romance tells the story of protagonist Lucy, and her journey through figuring out what she wants in life and how she should handle the awkward transition from high school to college.
Lucy’s father has convinced her that her creative dreams need to be put to bed, and as a reward, he has offered her a trip to Europe. At the end of her trip, she ends up in Italy where she falls fast for expat Jesse, who has spent a year abroad busking. They couldn’t be any more different — whilst Lucy cares about what her parents think of her life choices and seeks their approval, Jesse is a free-spirit who does what he wants, even though his parents don’t approve. They only spend a short amount of time together, but they fall quickly and become swept up in each other as well as the beautiful sights of Florence and Rome. When Lucy has to make her way back to the real world, will their ‘love’ survive?
I enjoyed how easy it was to read this book. I was able to read through it within three hours. The plot overall also kept me entertained. Her descriptions of Lucy’s travels in Italy captured me, particularly as it's somewhere I would love to visit and Lindner’s words reaffirmed why I should lock in a trip within the next few years. It’s when Lucy returned to Philadelphia that things began to lose their magic.
The problem I had with this book was that I felt like it never had any real conflict. Though it can be argued that there was conflict, it was brushed over and the characters resolved it quickly. Situations happened as I expected them to, and I can’t say I was surprised by anything in the story. Though the predictability of the book was problematic, the reason I picked this book up was that I wanted a few hours of escape, so it’s wasn’t necessarily a bad thing that the book felt like you were in the middle of a good dream.
If you’re picking up this book because you want to be swept away by young love, then you’re going to love this one. If you’re expecting a story with depth, I suggest giving this book a miss.
Release date: January 27th 2015 by Poppy