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Friday, August 15, 2014

[REVIEW + Giveaway] Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy

Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Romance
Published: February 12th 2013 by Philomel Books
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository
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.

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.

One (1) winner will win an e-copy of Out of the Easy in epub or mobi format
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One (1) Philippine resident will win my hardbound copy of Out of the Easy
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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. Hi, Julie!
    I've recently nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog. Check out the details at :)

  2. Wow, took you over a month to read. That must've been some difficult reading but at least you managed to finish it.

    Like Deasy, I've nominated you for the Liebster award too - check it out:

  3. Sounds like interesting if difficult read. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  4. Aww. It's too bad you didn't like this too much. I've been meaning to read more from Ruta Sepetys because I loved Between Shades of Gray so much. I hope I would enjoy this more than you did.

    1. I really hope you enjoy this one. :) Thanks for dropping by!

  5. I have this book on my want-to-read books since 2013 but I can't find a copy in our local book store (we don't have neither NBS nor Fullybook here) which sucks but I'm so glad I found your blog.

    Anyway, your review reminds me of what I felt when I read We Were Liars(I'm one of the minority who dislikes it). The writing was good but I just can't feel or sympathize with the characters. So I understand what you're feeling.

    Thanks for the giveaway, and I hope, if I get picked, I'll enjoy it more than you did.

    1. Hi, Erleen! Thanks for entering the giveaway! It seems we have different taste in books as I loved We Were Liars. ^__^ Anyway, I hope you enjoy Out of the Easy more than I did. Good luck! :)

  6. Sounds interesting! Hope I win (especially the HB!) :D

  7. I heard that the books by Ruta Sepetys are good. I've been meaning to read one of her books to find if it's really true. I hate it when a book is slow paced but I'll still give this book a try.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Thanks for joining, Alyssa! I'll still try Ruta Sepetys' other books even though I wasn't so fond of Out of the Easy. :) Good luck!


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