BOOK REVIEW: Out Of The Easy – by Ruta Sepetys

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Title: Out Of The Easy
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery
First published: February 12th 2013
Publisher: Philomel Books
Finished reading: July 7th 2016
Pages: 346
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“Sometimes we set off down a road thinkin’ we’re goin’ one place and we end up another. But that’s okay. The important thing is to start.”

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I have been wanting to read another Ruta Sepetys novel ever since I finished Between Shades Of Gray last year. Since I don’t have a copy of her newest novel yet Out Of The Easy was an easy choice, especially since this title has been recommended to me various times in the past. I’m glad I finally took the time to read this story, because I really enjoyed reading it! In a way it’s difficult to compare the two books because the setting in Out Of The Easy is completely different, but I think I have found my new favorite Ruta Sepetys novel. The 1950s setting in the French Quarter of New Orleans is really well done and I truly felt like I was transported back to that era while I was reading this novel. Both the prose and character development are also excellent and it was really easy to connect to the main character Josie Moraine. I liked how determined she is to change her life even though she’s had a rough start, and also enjoyed the fact that the book shop was quite an important part of the story. The plot itself is also interesting and I definitely didn’t see some of the plot twists coming. If you like a well written, fast-paced and interesting historical fiction read, make sure to try Out Of The Easy!

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Josie Moraine has had a rough childhood growing up as the daughter of a brothel prostitute in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She doesn’t want to end up like her mother and is determined to make more out of her life… But things aren’t easy. She has been living in the book shop she works for quite a few years now, and is currently working on a plan to make it out of New Orleans and start a new life in college somewhere. But her plans get a whole lot more complicated when a mysterious death in the Quarter might be linked back to her or her mother… She isn’t close to her mother in the first place, and Josie is even more worried now her mother’s old ‘boyfriend’ is back in town looking for trouble. Josie is now caught between her dreams of attending an elite college and a clandestine underworld… Will she be able to escape New Orleans?

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Historical fiction is a genre I enjoy reading in general, and Out Of The Easy is definitely one of my favorites of the year. The setting, prose and character development are excellent and I really felt like I was right there in the 1950s along with the characters. All in all it was a very entertaining read that combines character development with action and a novel that is definitely worth reading if you like the genre!

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