Out of the Easy
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Romance
Published: February 12th 2013 by Philomel Books
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.
Out of the Easy is undeniably a good book. The writing is superb; Ruta Sepetys is a master of metaphors. She has a way with words that will sneak up on you and poke at your heart. Captivating story, actually. But I can't say I liked it very much. For one, the pace was too slow for me. It took me over a month to finish this book because it could not hold my attention for too long. I was expecting more thrill and mystery since the blurb mentions about a "mysterious death." Sadly, it fell short of my expectations. But on a positive note, there are no shortage of interesting characters in Out of the Easy. There's Cokie, Jesse, Willie, Sadie, Patrick, and even the girls at the brothel house. I'm not too keen about the main character, Josie, though. I mean, she's strong and head smart, but I just can't sympathize with her. I think my favorite part of the book was when Josie realized who Patrick was really in love with. That was an amazing turn of events. I almost believed they would end up together. Good thing they did not. The last quarter of the book was marginally better than the first parts. There's more action and less dawdling on Josie's part. Her problems were actually having solutions. Things were starting to look up, if only a bit. And then an amazing character dies. Sucks, right? I personally don't see why the author had to kill that particular character off, except maybe that it would be the only way for Josie to have the chance to decide for herself and escape her crappy life. It was sad but what actually moved me to tears was Sadie's gesture at funeral party. So simple yet so touching.
Overall, Out of the Easy isn't bad. It's just not for me.
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