Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Title: Out of the Easy
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Page Count: 346 
Genre: Contemporary/Mystery

Age Range: 14+

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
 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.
My Thoughts:

This has to be one of my favorite books. Hands downs. I loved everything about it. If you like history, mystery or contemporary books, this may be the one for you. If you like all three, then this will be your favorite.

The book deals with a young girl who is trying to get out of New Orleans and away from her mother's shadow. When she is tied to a death in the area, she has to figure out how to solve her problems with that added on top. Fun times in the Quarter.

One of my favorite things about this book was the setting. It takes place in 1950s New Orleans. I have never been here but I have always been interested. So, while I was reading the book I was captivated by the culture and the way that Septeys infused the 1950s history into the plot as well. It was not just good food and awesome music, the author showed the rough parts of the city, including prostitutes and gangs.

Speaking of prostitutes, when I first started the book, I was nervous about them. I did now know if I would be able to enjoy the book. However, Sepetys made it appropriate for the age range. It was not rated R but it was not too PG. She did not go into explicit detail but did not with hold information. It was perfectly written in that way.

Now onto the characters....
The female characters took the spotlight on this one. Josie was a great main character especially for teenage girl readers. All she wanted was to get out of her mother's shadow and go to college. Her journey trying to get there was really great to read. I also loved Willie. She was the mom that Josie never had and she really cared for her.

Overall, this book was so much fun to read!!!

My Ratings: *****
Cover Rating: 
1. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 
2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 
3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart  

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