Genre: Young Adult
Source: From publisher
Reason: For review
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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.Ruta Sepetys already proved to me that she could do no wrong when it comes to writing after I read her breath taking novel Between Shades of Gray. When I learned about Out of The Easy I could not wait to get my hands on it.
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.
It has been proven to me that we have hit the literary jackpot with Ruta Sepetys; Her writing is pure gold. Her lyrical writing style engulfs you in whatever story she is telling. In this case, she introduces us to one of the most lovely characters I have had the pleasure of reading. Josie is one tough cookie. She's got moxy! She is so kind hearted and genuine, but won't allow you to back her into a corner. She has a softness to her, but she knows what she wants and she'll fight for it. I admired those qualities of Josie's, and they shined throughout the entire novel.
Josie wasn't the only character that rooted their way into my heart. Patrick, Jesse, Cokie, Charlie, they all made their mark. Each character was crafted beautifully. The secondary characters rocked the stage just as much as Josie. They all shared the spotlight.
A suspenseful tale that plants you right into the beautiful streets of 1950's New Orleans. Ruta Sepetys delivered another epic story with unforgettable characters that will stay with you long after you've finished the novel.
Be prepared to nurse a Book Hangover upon finishing Out of the Easy!
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