Title and Author(s): Ruta Sepetys’ Out of the EasyRelease Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition
Source: Harris County Public Library
Reasons for Reading: After reading Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray (not to be confused with the infamous E.L. James trilogy), I wanted to read Sepetys’ sophomore effort. Additionally, the setting of New Orleans appealed to me. I placed a request on it and excitedly received the book in 2014.
Summary: In 1950, seventeen year old Josie Moraine barely makes ends meet working in the French Quarter. Her erratic, somewhat estranged mother works as a prostitute. Josie longs to make her way out of New Orleans and to the Ivy Leagues. Around New Year’s Day, a wealthy man from Tennessee turns up dead. When the crime seems to lead to Josie’s mother and her shady boyfriend, Josie finds herself embroiled.
One Thing I Learned from this book: I hadn’t realized Tulane had a sister college – Newcomb.
What I Liked: The fantastic setting of New Orleans appealed to me again. Sepetys’ also diverged greatly from that of Between Shades of Gray. Nonetheless, the characters and situations described still made me want to know what would happen to them as they did in Sepetys’ first novel.
What I Disliked: I wasn’t happy with Josie’s mother being a sociopath sort of whore. Also, I thought there were too many evildoers in this book.
Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17
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- Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Grey
- Robert Sharenow’s My Mother the Cheerleader
- Sandra Brown’s French Silk
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