Friday, April 5, 2013

Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys [Review]

Out of The Easy4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Release: February 12, 2013
Hardcover: 346 Pages
Publisher: Philomel Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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 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
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Shannon's Thoughts:
I LOVED Sepetys' Between Shades of Gray, so I was really excited to read her new historical fiction.  I really liked Out of the Easy, especially for the memorable characters.  This book is chocked full of them and you really come to know and love (or hate, as the case may be) each one.  I especially enjoyed Josie and Willie Woodley. Which is good, because her mother is awful and brings down a world of hurt on Josie.  I liked that Sepetys did not create a magical ending for Josie, but did leave her with hope and a fresh start. 

There is no doubt that Sepetys is a remarkable writer and has done extensive research.  But she never lets that research bog down the story.  I really recommend this book to fans of plucky girls over coming obstacles and tough women with hearts of gold.

1 comment :

  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed this! I loved Josie's voice and am just blown away by Ruta's writing everytime I read something of hers.

    "I liked that Sepetys did not create a magical ending for Josie, but did leave her with hope and a fresh start." <-- YES, I think she handled Josie's storyline perfectly. Great review!



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