Book Review – Out of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy The 1950 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 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.

I loved Ruta Sepetys debut novel ”Between Shades of Gray”,  a phenomenal story line and incredibly crafted characters, therefore when I saw in the GoodReads newsletter that Sepetys had another novel coming out I couldn’t wait to read it! I was not disappointed!

In “Out of the Easy” Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.  “Out of the Easy” is the kind of story that brings you in, wraps you up and doesn’t let you go until the end. The setting of 1950 New Orleans, a touch of murder, mystery and romance adds to the layers to the storyline. The characters are rich, fully developed and surprising becoming so much more than you first suspect.  The interpersonal relationships build throughout the novel and the main character Josie grows to overcome hardships and challenges while she decides who she is and what she wants from life.

A Good Read!

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2 thoughts on “Book Review – Out of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys

  1. Good book review. It makes me want to read it but I still have Between Shades of Grey on my bookshelf waiting to be read first. This will give me the boost I need to snuggle up tonight with a warm cup of tea and finally get to it so I can eventually read this book.

    • “Out of the Easy” is a different read then “Between Shades of Grey.” Both are very, very good books. I love the way Sepetys intertwines and layers the stories within the plot. While I truly enjoyed “Out of the Easy” – if I had to pick one to read, it would be “Between Shades of Grey” – this story brought me into the world of Lina & her family. It was beautiful, unforgiving, sad, heart-breaking and most importantly inspiring !

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