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Blog Tour: ‘Out of The Easy’ by Ruta Sepetys Review

I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Out of The Easy’ by Ruta Sepetys ReviewOut of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Published by Philomel on February 12th, 2013
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 346
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours
Goodreads
four-stars
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.

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review

Josie’s life isn’t easy. Her mother is a prostitute and only thinks for herself. She learned at a young age to take care of herself and wants nothing to do with her mother and her toxic lifestyle. Her main goal is to leave The Big Easy and go to college. Yet, her mother and her poisonous boyfriend Cincinnati makes it hard for her do so, she takes matters in her own hands only to be caught in the middle of a murder.

Young women like Josie sure had a hard time even applying to get into any school. I felt for her. I pitied her. I cheered for her. Josie is the character you grow to admire and love. She is as strong as any kick ass heroine with the intelligence to match. Her life was not easy, but she made it work. I admired her tenacity and determination to never give up and I have to say that I have grown to love her character as if she was my own friend.

Jesse, the mysterious and rugged boy she grew up with is wanted by all the ladies but only has eyes for Josie. He likes to help Josie when she’s in need, and loves to tease her whenever he can. Patrick, her best friend and co-worker is reliable and supportive. He has a hard life living with his father who is sick and is in need of around-the-clock care. The scenes with him were heartfelt and I pretty much teared up he was on the page. There were so many secondary characters in this book that I loved. Willie, with her sharp tongue and protective habits, Cokie, and his supportive and optimistic view for Josie’s future were both so endearing and I can’t help but love that these two characters helped Josie along the way.

The writing is fluid, humorous, infectious and downright entertaining! I couldn’t stop reading until the very end. Mind you, there were some very predictable parts but that’s probably just me unraveling the mystery as I read along. I thought it was a bit too long, but then again that’s probably because I’m impatient and I want to know what happens right away.

I can’t wait to grab a copy of Ruta’s previous book so I can read more from her beautiful writing style and lovable but flawed characters.

Characters
So many characters that I just loved!

Pacing/Length
Fast in pacing, but a little long for me.

Cover/Design
Beautiful. The cage symbolizes her goal perfectly.

Plot
SO much drama and problems, but Josie was just a great main character to cheer for.

Overall, a must-read for any book lover!


quotes

Well, let’s not judge a book by it’s cover, now. Even football players like poetry.
I could see the ugly just pouring out of her.
I leapt eagerly into books. The characters’ lives were so much more interesting than the lonely heartbeat of my own.
It amazed me how some people could touch an instrument and create something so beautiful, and when others tried, like me, it just sounded like mangled noise.
No one’s life is perfect. I find it much more interesting when people are just honest about it.
I don’t want to get my hopes up only to be disappointed. I’m always disappointed.
Sometimes we set off down a road thinkin’ we’re goin’ one place and we end up another. But that’s okay. The important thing is to start.
For some, a bloated bank account improved a man’s features.
They looked like fashion dolls together. Perfect in appearance but plastic in attraction.
Shelves without books were lonely and just plain wrong.

reading progress

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rating

4/5

four-stars

9 Comments

  1. May Abraham

    February 25, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Not a huge fan of historical fiction unless it’s set in certain times, but this one sounds great! I am a big fan of the 50’s so.. 🙂

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  3. bn100

    February 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    character has a touch background

  4. Lisa Richards

    February 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I’ve just started seeing reviews on this and I’m so glad you like it as it’s going on my wishlist.

  5. Lily

    February 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I’ve read so many good reviews for this one, and at first I was worried since it’s set in a different time era and I’ve always been picky about the books I read. I loved your thoughts diffently considering this one!

  6. Alyssa Susanna

    February 19, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    *Phew* a standalone! I need a good standalone right now. It seems like you really liked this book! I haven’t read anything by Ruta, but I will keep my eye out from now on! Great review!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  7. Teresa Salvatore

    February 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Love the review Giselle! This one is on my TBR and now it just moved up a few notches.

    If you liked this one, you’ll probably like ‘One Good Hustle’ by Billie Livingston. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out. I loved it!

  8. Kat (AussieZombie)

    February 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Ah I’m so excited to read this one, I’ve been waiting months! I love the idea of the setting, and everyone tells me that Josie is a great character.

    Thanks for sharing and making me even more excited 😉

  9. Jaime Lester

    February 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    This is one of those books that I loved the cover, and the premise seemed interesting, but I wasn’t entirely sure that I would enjoy it. But now, I have read a few reviews and the reviews have changed my mind about that. The biggest thing that grabs my attention is the constant mentions of fabulous characters, main and secondary alike. And then the fact that apparently the authors writing skills are top notch. I think I am going to give this one a chance when I can. And you know what, I think I am going to like it!

  10. Erika

    February 18, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I had no idea what this was about when I first heard about it. I’m glad to hear you liked it. Love the New Orleans setting likable characters. Thanks for your thoughts!

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