Sunday, May 18, 2014

Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy
by: Ruta Sepetys

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you're looking for a great coming of age story in a great setting.
Category: Young Adult

This book made me want to visit New Orleans - which is strange to say because it is about the daughter of a prostitute and her struggle to try to get out of the city. 17 year old Josie Moraine is the daughter of a prostitute in the French Quarter in New Orleans. The owner of the brothel where her mother works has basically taken her in and taken care of her throughout her life because her mother is basically a deadbeat who doesn't care about her. Josie has been living in an apartment on her own and working at a bookstore. Her main focus has been to save money and get out of New Orleans to go to college. This book follows that journey.

Things I liked
Josie was another strong female character. She doesn't allow herself to be brought down by where she comes from. She works hard and tries to overcome it. I enjoyed that about her.

I enjoyed the way that the book explores the different sides we all have - the things we've done, the places we come from, what brought us to where we are now.

Things I didn't
The one thing I really didn't like would be a major spoiler if I posted it on here. Suffice it to say I just didn't enjoy everything about the ending. Some things felt rather abrupt.

Overall: Unique period piece about a girl coming into her own and finding her own way.

Book 30 of 50

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