Review: Out of the Easy by Rupta Sepetys

Out of the EasyOut of Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Philomel Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 346
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Romance
Series: Agents of Evil #1
Source: Chapters

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

This was an extremely emotional tale of one girl’s struggles to part ways with her mother’s sordid past, her attempts at making a normal life for herself and finding love in the process.
I loved every minute of this book. It was the type of story that you can really loose yourself in. To say that Out of the Easy was a real page turner is an understatement. Ruta’s characters were very easy to identify with and they all had their own voice. It was unlike anything I have read in a very long time and a book that I think all young girls should read.
I loved it and cannot wait to read the rest of Ruta’s work.

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