Book Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

This book broke my heart. There was so much potential and then *bomb* disappointment hit strong even before the book was over. This wasn’t a recommendation but it was constantly all over the goodreads website

Philomel Books Published: February 12, 2013 346 Pages
Philomel Books
Published: February 12, 2013
346 Pages

The setting is the French Quarter, New Orleans in 1950. Seventeen year old Josie Moraine, daughter of a prostitute, is planning on leaving New Orleans once and for good. She works as a clean up girl at the brothel house her mother works at and helps run a bookstore in return for a place to live. As she is prepping to leave the Quarter, an unexpected murder reels her in a series of events that changes her life.

This book is considered a mystery and yes there are some mystery qualifications to it but there is no real feeling of this book being a mystery. Sepetys took way to long to get to the juice to the story. There was a lot of nonsense in the book that didn’t really shape anything for what is or what was taking place.

However, the book was written very well. There was a sense of maturity in the writing that I had to question if the book was really young adult. This is not because of the content but because of how it was written. I was very impressed with the writing style of this author; although I have not had the chance to read her first book, I believe this book showed how well of a writer she was.

Josie was a well developed character. There was nothing about her that I didn’t like. She knew what she wanted and although there were things that complicated her wants, she still was able to keep focus of what she needed.

I didn’t like the fact that the author tired to add a bit of a love triangle in there; completely unnecessary. Overall, I was disappointed in the book because it came off really strong. I was really into it but then by chapter 12, Josie was still running around with no real mystery to solve. Sepetys stretched the book and stretched it bad. Simply stating that there is something wrong and not actually having your main character become involve 12 chapters after she discovered an issue is so wrong.

Book gets 7 out of 10. I wouldn’t consider this book a mystery. I’m not sure what it would be but it sure isn’t that.

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Tania Lasenburg is a communications major with dreams of owning /working for a publishing company as a high end corporate. In her spare time, she is working to make Motif Ink a house hold name. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles


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