The Bottom Line
- 'Lucy' is a page turner.
- 'Lucy' raises some interesting issues about the treatment of animals (and humans).
- The characters are likable.
- Some aspects of Lucy's personality are unbelievable.
- Gonzales hammers home human depravity a little too much.
- It felt like Gonzales had an agenda that was laid too thickly on the story.
- 'Lucy' by Laurence Gonzales was published in July 2010
- Publisher: Knopf
- 320 Pages
Guide Review - 'Lucy' by Laurence Gonzales - Book Review
In some ways, Lucy is a coming of age story about a girl finding her place in the world. In other ways, it is a high speed chase novel where it is not clear how the good guys are going to escape. The combination creates an emotionally gripping story that was a quick, but thought provoking read.
I enjoyed how thoroughly modern Lucy is -- YouTube and facebook are important to the story. I also loved the character Lucy, and appreciated her new view of things we take for granted. At times it felt as if Gonzales was overemphasizing the evil in humanity and perhaps glorifying the animal world. That flaw, though, did not ruin the novel. Overall I recommend Lucy as a fun read.