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review 2014-12-01 00:00
Out of The Easy
Out of The Easy - Ruta Sepetys This book was a lesson to me that just because I loved an author's debut novel, I'm not guaranteed to feel the same about their second. I never connected to Josie. I found her lying and risk-taking annoying. She kept lying to save her mother even though she knew her mother didn't deserve it and the man she helped to murder deserved justice. She lied to both her potential love-interests. She lied to Willie, the woman who was helping her to get to better her life, even though Willie her self ran a whorehouse. I hated her stupidity in not telling Willie, quietly about the situation she found herself in, having to pay her mothers debt. I loathed the way that she resented her mother and felt she was better than her, yet came so close to becoming a prostitute herself.

Given Josie's love of books, you would think I would have loved her because of the shared interest, but she was just so stupid and frustrating that I couldn't even enjoy the interesting plot and excellent writing.
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text 2014-10-18 07:06
Progress Post: Out of the Easy
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys

10/18/14 - 149 out of 266

I am just going to put a few of the turns of phrases that I have jotted down as I have glomped through 150 pages tonight. There were more that I didn't stop to write, but these I liked for various reasons:


"That idiot went and got himself shot last week. He’s taking a dirt nap and won’t need the place."


The wealthy women pretended it singed their tongue to say whore. They’d whisper it and raise their eyebrows. Then they’d fake an expression of shock, like the word itself had crawled into their pants with a case of the clap


"God, I need that coffee. I feel like a bag of smashed assholes"

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review 2014-08-23 16:41
Out of the Easy is anything but...
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys

I'm going to try something new and I was inspired by a friend from high school to do this. I recently spoke about a book hangover from reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Absolutely nothing else has come close to capturing my attention. She has become my favorite author bypassing the amazing Harper Lee. I KNOW! Not that To Kill a Mockingbird isn't still one of my favorite books of all time, but Ruta Sepetys weaved a story I felt more connected to, and I'm not entirely sure why.


Anyway - a brief summary, that's my new goal:


Opening line - "My mother's a prostitute." Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys covers the life of a young girl trying to overcome her circumstances in 1950s New Orleans. She wants to get out, but can't quite find her way. It's a Southern novel that combines deception and secrets with love and devotion. It is a literary piece that reminds the reader that our choices, not our station, shape our destination.



An absolute MUST READ!



For more about author Ruta Sepetys, visit her website at: http://rutasepetys.com


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review 2014-08-16 00:00
Out of The Easy
Out of The Easy - Ruta Sepetys Ruta Sepetys has made a fan out of me! Shades of Gray was a great, if dark read with a strong heroine. This book brings the same strength of character with Josie. The New Orleans setting was what really sold me. I visited a couple of years ago and found the city very captivating- there's so much character and history. Sepetys captures the spirit of the city and the times.

Also, Willie. The whorehouse madam is really something. Her character weaves all the other threads together. This book is part mystery, part straight historical fiction and 100% a great read from start to finish.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-08-03 06:54
Out of the Easy
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys
 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.


          Why did I like this book; I really don’t understand. Why? Why did I like it so much? I couldn’t stop reading it, even though I really wanted to. There is so much about this book that frustrates me, even now. When I read, I like to have a good story that is an escape into a world with resolution; the bad are punished, the mystery is solved, and everything just falls into place. I didn’t get any of that with this book. Seriously, it felt too much like real life.

            First off, this girl’s mother is a total bitch who robbed her daughter of thousands of dollars she was going to use for college and ran off with an abusive murderer, but they never get caught. The mob boss they swindled came after her daughter and what happened? The daughter paid off their loan debt…. what the hell?

            Then there’s the murder that never gets solved. Sure the reader knows who did it, but it’s never settled with the cops so even at the end of the book they are still patrolling the area looking for clues.

            This book left so many question unanswered; was the debt with the mob boss ever settled, did Josie’s mother and Cincinnati ever get caught, will anything happen with Patrick and James, will the city never solve the murder, ect.

            It’s hard to believe with all my complaining that this book was worth it, but surprisingly I liked it a lot. I want to believe that there is a sequel where all my questions will be answered, but I doubt that is the case. Would I recommend this book? Yes, yes I would. Will it be a happy read? Hell no, it’s majorly depressing.


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