Disclaimer: This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (from Amazon)
A coming-of-age tale set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969, Lucy in the Sky lightly touches on such weighty issues as the meaning of life, the purpose of art and the existence of God. For those interested in answers to The Big Questions or just keen to revisit a simpler time, Lucy in the Sky promises a fun and compelling trip – and that’s trip in every sense of the word.
Gene Steen is an earnest, intelligent, truth-seeking teen stuck in the cultural wasteland of his suburban home. He wants to be a hippie in the worst way, but hippies are scarce on the ground in the forlorn Midwest of Gene’s 15th year. Then, propitiously on the Summer Solstice, his life is turned upside down by the arrival of his lively, lovely, long-lost cousin Lucy. She’s hip beyond Gene’s wildest dreams and immediately takes him under her wing. Lucy teaches Gene that being a hippie isn’t about love beads and peace signs, but about the choices you make and the stands you take. Yet for all her airy insights into religion, philosophy and “the isness of it all,” Lucy harbors dark secrets – secrets that will soon put her on the run, with Gene by her side.
Lucy in the Sky resonates of such classics as Summer of ’42 and Zen in the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and invites the reader into a richly detailed vision of the ‘60s, as realized by Vorhaus’s sure-handed prose and authentic sense of place and time. With frank talk about sex and drugs, Vorhaus pulls no punches about the realities of the era, yet delivers an uplifting message about personal power and the path to enlightenment. A rewarding read for young seekers and old geezers alike.
I think I took to long to get around to writing this review. I seem to have forgotten most of the things I wanted to say…or maybe I never had much to say to begin with….?
Anyway Lucy in the Sky wasn’t really what I expected. I mean it was a coming of age novel I suppose you would say (although a lot of the coming of age seemed to include sex and drugs….although for teenagers those are pretty much a reality…whether they get them or not!). There was the element of Gene starting to think a bit more about things, I’m not really sure how much was thinking for himself however and how much was just agreeing with what Lucy said…maybe it was a bit of both.
There was quite a bit of action in the second part which did make the story a little more readable, and it only took me another day or so to finish after I arrived at that section of the novel- I just felt I wanted to find out what happened next much more. It wasn’t necessarily better, it was just more plot driven which made it easier to read.
Tomorrow we will have a guest post from John Vorhaus here on Lucybird’s Book Blog.