A Part To Play by Jennifer L. Fry
YA Contemporary Romance*Paperback and e-book, 261 pages*Published August 10th 2012 by Rogue Phoenix Press
When fifteen-year-old actress Lucy Carter loses her older sister in a car accident, her mother shuts down and her father can’t hold the family together. Their only choice is to ship Lucy off to the Edmond School for Performing Arts. But boarding school is no cure for Lucy’s grief. With failing grades, wooden stage performances, and curfew violations, Lucy is threatened with expulsion. For the once talented Lucy, it feels as though she has nowhere to turn.
One night, Lucy hears mysterious music drifting through the school’s old heating system. The music leads her to a troubled but passionate songwriter whose brilliance gives her the strength to perform like never before. Yet their intense relationship puts Lucy in a precarious position: if she follows her muse, will she lose herself? And if she breaks it off, can she stand on her own again?
Darkness enveloped the quiet dorm room when Lucy’s eyes snapped open. She shook so hard from the nightmare that at first she wondered if she was having a seizure. This was by far the worst dream she’d had of Kate’s death. It was the first where Kate actually walked away from the accident and she, Lucy, died in her place. Or at least she had been left for dead, with her parents and sister happy together.
The true impact of what it meant to be sent to ESPA hit her like a freight train. She simply was not good enough for her parents; they had always loved Kate more. And now, she would never have that life again–the one with laughter and games–it was gone. All of it. Kate was dead and her parent’s marriage was dead. There was no home for her anymore. The security she drew from her sister’s unfailing support, from her parents love and affection–it was all gone. She had nothing; she had less than nothing.
Her breath coming in short gasps, Lucy crawled towards her backpack to dig out her iPod. The room spun around her as she pushed play. She made her way to the small space between the bed and the wall and curled into a ball with her music turned up full volume. Who was she without her sister? Who was she without her family? Nothing, absolutely nothing. She cried harder than she ever had, wishing a giant earthquake would split the ground open and swallow her. And when the tears dried up, everything became numb.
About the author:
Jennifer L. Fry
Jennifer L. Fry is a writer, artist, and teacher in Marin County, California, where she lives with her wonderful husband, two adorable dogs, and orange tabby cat. Though she has been writing since she was young, A Part to Play is her first novel.a Rafflecopter giveaway