Ebook, 346 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Philomel Books
Original Title : Out of the Easy
Edition Language : English
Setting : New Orleans, Louisiana, 1950 (United States)
Literary Awards : Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee for Young Adults (2015), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award for Honor book (2014), Lincoln Award Nominee (2015),Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction (2013), Carnegie Medal Nominee (2014) Missouri Gateway Readers Award Nominee (2016)
It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.
She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.
With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
Hello guys! So I am coming out of my hiatus to review an amazing book that I think every one should read. It is amazing and realistic and wonderfully written. It will empower the achiever in you and make you see things that will make you realize that we can be anything we want to be, even if everything goes wrong. There were a few unturned stones that really didn’t sit well for me but it was forgiveable. Below I will be a slight spoilery section and if you haven’t read the book I am recommending it to you with my arms wide open. It will make you dream, fall in love, fight for life and succeed.
How can I not give my 5 stars to this book? It will make you cry, fall in love, wonder and smile the biggest smile you can give. Highly recommended to all of my book friends! So go ahead and read it now! 📖❤
Out of the Easy is a story of a girl who struggled living a life that just keeps pushing her down. I loved how Josie was portrayed. She was smart in a way that she knows what she wants but still goes put of her way to protect and help others. She has her crazy mother to deal with but still she helps Patrick and Willie and at the same time she wants to make something of herself. The minute she starts lying, I knew it would be a disaster. But on the back of my mind, I knew whatever stupid decisions she will make, they will still accept her.
I especially liked Wille and Cokie’s characters because you can clearly see that they really love Josie. They are willing to do anything for her. I also loved Charlotte and Patrick’s character. Charlotte broke the rich girl cliche to be the good friend and not be guided by society’s standards. Patrick may be a little lost at the start but I loved that he opened up to Josie as soon as he got the chance to accept what he is. I just hope fixes he’s own problems so he doesn’t need to escape anymore. And don’t even get me started on Jesse! That boy loves Josie like a dog loves his bone. He’ll do anything for her even if she loves someone else. These characters are well portrayed in the book that it was so good to read and relate to.
This book is a well written, coming of age book perfect for people struggling with how to be what you want to be and what to do in life in general. Ruta Sepetys captured the perfect setting of the reality that life really is a big maze you need to get through and every decision you will make will shape your destiny.
That’s all and thank you so much for reading my book talk. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Thank you!