Lucy Unstrung

Lucy Unstrung

by Carole Lazar


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Teens who get pregnant and raise their babies are often in the news. But what about those children who are growing up with parents scarcely half a generation older than themselves?

In this wise and funny first novel by Carole Lazar, Lucy is a sensible, perhaps even rigid, thirteen year old who is convinced that Grandma, God, and the Catholic Church are on her side. She tries hard to make her twenty-eight-year-old mother see the error of her ways. It's not that her mother is wild - in their household even a fancy coffee causes a scene - but she has had to put off her own teenage years and she's chaffing at the restraints on her life. Lucy is faced with the loss of her family, her home, her school, and even her best friend. As she struggles to preserve what she can from her past life, she finds that while Grandma, God, and her church are still there for her, there are problems she has to solve for herself.

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ISBN-13: 9780887769634
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

CAROLE LAZAR practiced law for ten years in British Columbia, before serving as a provincial court judge from 1989 until 2008. Lucy Unstrung is her first novel.

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Lucy Unstrung 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Phantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute and sweet without being cloying. I know the boko is labeled for yougn adults, but I feel the actual age ranges falls a little lower. There is discussion of some sexual themes, but these are handled obliquely and could foster meaningful discussion with a more mature child.Lucy is precious and while her faith means a lot to her, it's not a central focus of the book. There is NO preaching. Depending on your view of things this could be good or bad.While nothing much happens, many different difficult topics a kid might face come to the foreground in the story. I think it's a worthwhile read.
books_ofa_feather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy¿s life is about to take a turn for the unexpected. Her parent¿s marriage issues, new school, new friends, a dog look-a-like; will it break her or make her stronger?I can¿t say that the book was anything exceptional. It wasn¿t a bad story, but very typical. Lucy¿s family dynamic was odd to read. My family even at its worst times has never been quite so non-communicative. Although Lucy doesn¿t mind speaking her mind with COMPLETE honesty, even if that honesty hurts or is just down right disrespectful. If I had ever spoken to my mother or another adult the way she does I wouldn¿t have been long for this world :). Lucy is also quite lazy, expecting her mother to do the most basic of things for her. She¿s 13 going on 14. I could cook on the stove when I was nine and she can¿t even bring herself to pour a bowl of cereal. In one sense maybe the author set out to accomplish such feelings in her readers, but my gosh. I didn¿t really like the book, so why so much more?
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy was born when her mom was 15. Now that Lucy is 13, her mother wants to have her own life. Lucy tries to reconcile this with her family's Catholicism.
Euphoria13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy is a thirteen-year old girl who believes in three things: her grandma, God, and the Catholic Church. She believes in good morals and behaving the way God and the Bible says a person should behave.Now, what do you do when your own mother is suddenly acting like a rebellious teenager and her actions are causing trouble to the family? Especially when they reach the point of having your parents separated? The problem with Lucy's mother is that she had Lucy when she was a teenager, which led her to grow up pretty fast. But now it seems that she wants her freedom and her best friend Gina is not a good influence to her changing attitude.Lucy seeks help from her grandmother, who is the only one who understands how upsetting her mother's behavior is. Suddenly, Lucy's mother moves out of the house to go and live in Gina's apartment, while she browses for another place to live. Gina is planning on moving out of the apartment and randomly leaves her dog (who is also named Lucy) at Lucy's house. The little dog has a funny and surprising resemblance to Lucy which makes her dislike the dog and the fact that they share the same name. Not only is she annoyed by the dog but she is also angry at her mother for leaving her and her adoptive father alone. At first, Lucy is fine with living with her Dad but she starts to miss her mother and decides to visit her. The sudden change makes Lucy realize that her parents need to work out some sort of schedule in which they can both spend time with her.Lucy ends up moving with her mother to an old mobile home in a trailer park. Poor Lucy has to figure out how she can cope with the changes and her struggle with believing that things will end up good in the end.I REALLY liked Lucy's character. She's a tad bit over dramatic with a hint of humor. She was a very realistic character and I know many girls might be able to bond with her. The fact that Lucy and the dog both had the same name was very funny! It was also nice to see Lucy and the dog form a bond as the story progresses. I laughed, smile, and found myself lost within Lucy's story. It's not easy dealing with your parents being separated and having to adjust to living in a new home. Carole Lazar has written a humorous and touching story of a young girl trying to deal with family changes. Fans of the Magic In Manhattan series will definitely like this book!
ilbooklvr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had its good moments, but I found the main character a little too goody-two-shoes to appeal to many teen or tween girls. The problems facing her family-money, marriage woes- are real enough but the way she handles them aren't always realistic.
jenreidreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I received this book for review. From the publishers: "Lucy is a sensible, perhaps even rigid, thirteen year old who is convinced that Grandma, God, and the Catholic Church are on her side. She tries hard to make her twenty-eight-year-old mother see the error of her ways." I figured this YA novel would essentially be religious fiction. Or at least that the fact that Lucy's mom had her when she was only 14 would play a more prominent part of the plot. Yes, it's important - because she is a young mother "chaffing at the restraints on her life," Lucy's life is uprooted. But really, the book is about Lucy and how she sees the world. She is a quirky, wonderful narrator, very serious, and almost rigidly Catholic. The plot meanders a bit, but that doesn't really matter because Lucy's character was so interesting to read. I giggled out loud through much of the book! I recommend Lucy Unstrung to young-to-mid teens; while there's nothing graphic, there is a fair amount of drinking and implied sex. It's a very sweet coming-of-age story.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I was intrigued by the Catholic nature of the main character and whether it truly would be a positive portrayal. Not something often found in YA literature.An astounding novel of an authentic Catholic family dealing with real life issues. Lucy's mom was 14 when she became pregnant with her and now she is 28 and feeling that she needs "a life". As she takes evening classes and such she meets a new worldly friend and it isn't much longer until she separates from her husband and plans a new life for herself for the next four years while she goes back to school. Lucy is 13 and has a solid Catholic upbringing having been raised by her Grandma, and her father is seen as practicing the faith as well. But Lucy is shocked by her mother's new behaviour which seems to contradict so many Church teachings. She learns so much during this time of struggle as her parents sell their house and move into new homes.I loved this book! Plot-wise, we have a fairly typical story of a young girl trying to deal with her parents separation and all the upheaval and turmoil this causes her personally as she moves with her mom into a trailer park and has to attend a new school, a public school, where she becomes the object of the class bully. But through it all (apart from the separation) the family remains true to their faith and this is what impressed me most about the story and made it so enjoyable along with the humorous touches. The book is not preachy in anyway it simply shows how one faith lives. While the two adults separate and it does seem to be for the long haul divorce is never mentioned this early, we see inside the confessional and what it's really like in there (especially for a young teen), we see Lucy questions her faith as she takes Church teachings to extremes and then seeks guidance and we see her going to mass regularly with both her mom and dad.A wonderful, refreshing, humorous story that deals with tough issues from a positive Catholic perspective without being religious fiction. There have been many books written about teens dealing with similar issues from Muslim, Jewish, Asian, etc. perspectives and now, finally, the Catholic perspective can also be found. I do highly recommend this for Catholic school libraries and mainstream teens as well, if they can read about a religion not their own while still respecting the persons who believe as they do. I know just the girl I'll be passing this book on to!
curioussquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, but nothing special. Lucy is an odd character about whom I couldn't really make up my mind: half the time I'd be rooting for her and half the time she seriously annoyed me. The book is around the reading level for ages 9-13 but apparently for young adults, which is reinforced by the inclusion of some sex talk and drinking. It's a bit of a weird combination and prevents the book from really fitting into either category. Otherwise, the story wasn't bad and I loved the little dog. The thing that bothered me most, I think, was that Lucy's parents got back together in the end - it just really wasn't realistic, came out of the blue, and seemed to contradict a lot of the book's lessons.
thelittlebookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked quirky little Lucy and her adventures with figuring out her new life. I understood what her mom wanted in her life, unlike Lucy, but I don't know she went about it in the right way. I did like how Lucy's dad is obviously not her bio dad and yet that was never addressed since he is her real dad. I hate it when books make a big show about that. This was much more assumptive.Lucy gets into the usual 13 year old trouble especially as she tries to figure out how to stay at the same school. And to stay friends with her only real friend. This was a short, sweet book that I recommend if you need a few laughs and a good coming of age story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay... i wont be online tomorrow. And if, only on this book. Dubliners got some new people. Thy are pervs. Eww. Hope u have fun at practice.... lets run :)