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The Compulsive Reader: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Josie Moraine knows that she doesn't want to spend her entire life in New Orleans, but she feels trapped—by her circumstance, her loyalties, and her connection to Willie, a madam of a successful brothel in the French Quarter. Josie concocts a plan to get out of the city and head to college, but her life is thrown into an upheaval when a stranger dies on New Year's Eve and his death is somehow connected to Josie's mother and the mob. Josie must make a decision—between her life and family in New Orleans, or the promise of a future out of the Easy.

Ruta Sepetys has written yet another fascinating and wonderfully realistic historical fiction novel. Josie is a strong narrator and protagonist with a straightforward, wry, and sometimes darkly comedic voice. She is extremely likable, determined, and courageous, yet she is not without her flaws and hang-ups as she handles her feelings for her absent-minded floozy of mother and she can't seem to let go of the idea of a father she'll never know, sometimes to her own detriment. Sepetys doesn't shy away from the grittiness of the setting or the reality of Josie's situation as the daughter of a prostitute in the French Quarter with big aspirations. Josie is hard-working and level-headed, but she isn't sheltered from the humiliation and degradation of those that would judge her because of her family and associations. Sepetys captures the emotional tumult of Josie's relationships with her mother, Willie, and her friends very well, and the agonizing decisions Josie faces as she is forced to decide just how far she is willing to go to get what she wants. The plot is fast-moving and sharp, and the ending a rewarding one for both Josie and the reader, realistic and appropriately optimistic. Out of the Easy is an excellent, entertaining, and sometimes heartbreaking book that you won't soon forget. 

Cover Comments: I love this cover so much--the green is pretty, and I like how the girl is partially obscured by the birdcage--very significant to the story! Beautiful!

ARC provided by publisher.

8 comments:

Bookworm1858 said...

I adored this book-definitely one of the standouts of 2013 for me!

Nise' said...

I loved this book too!

Tara said...

Ruta Sepetys has such a gorgeous writing style that I will read anything and everything she writes!

LinWash said...

I just passed a stack of these at Barnes & Noble. I wondered about this book, because years ago I read Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and the premise sort of reminds me of that nonfiction book. So, I'll give it a try!

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I got this one on my wish list but I don't know when I'll get it, sinceI hate Shades of Gray and I' haven't been able to read it yet :(

Anyway, thanks for your review, It got me excited for this.

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This sounds pretty cool! Yep, I like it!

Krista P. said...

I read this book earlier this year and really enjoyed it! Definitely planning on reading Septys's earlier novel (can't think of the name right now!)

Punjabi Books said...

Great review! Anyone who is out to buy English books online, must add this book in the list.