Published February 2013 by Penguin Group|285 pages
Where I Got It: nook store
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
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.
What I Thought:
Out Of The Easy was such a great read for me! After reading Between Shades Of Gray last year, I knew I would have to read Out Of The Easy. Which, interestingly enough, I loved a lot more than Between Shades Of Gray.
There is such an assortment of really interesting characters. They’re just so colorful, and they really brought 1950’s New Orleans to life. I liked Josie a lot, and I could definitely relate to her wanting more out of life- actually, I think it’s something we can all relate to. I have such a soft spot for Cokie and for Charlie. And I ended up loving Willie too. Especially towards the end of the book. It’s so clear that Cokie and Willie loved Josie, and they really seemed to have a great relationship with her. Her being Josie, of course, but I think there were some great relationships all around. Josie really did spend some time figuring everything out and deciding what she wanted her future to be. And I loved that even though her family life was not so great, she still had a family in other people she knew.
Another great thing about Out Of The Easy is the setting. 1950’s New Orleans is such a great back-drop for the book, and I can’t imagine Josie’s story being told in any other city or during any other time. I felt like the city and time period really brought Josie’s story to life, just as the characters brought 1950’s New Orleans to life. There’s just something about New Orleans that works well as a setting for me, and I wish we got to see more of New Orleans in Out Of The Easy. But I still loved seeing a part of New Orleans that I wouldn’t normally think about. Especially during a time I wouldn’t normally think about.
Everything came together so well, and what I love about Out Of The Easy are the details. Those details are what really brought everything together. I know nothing about what New Orleans was like during the 1950’s, but I feel like I got a really good sense of what things were like. It definitely feels like Sepetys put a lot of work into researching every little detail, and it really came through during the entire book.
Let’s Rate It:
Out Of The Easy is another great book by Ruta Sepetys. She writes such colorful characters and I loved 1950’s New Orleans as the setting! I couldn’t help but cry as Josie’s story unfolded, and I really felt for her and a lot of the other characters. Out Of The Easy gets 5 stars.