- Publisher: PUFFIN
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
- Publication date: 17 July 2014
- ISBN 10: 0141347333
- ISBN 13: 9780141347332
- Sales rank: 50,166
"Out of the Easy" is set against the vivid backdrop of 1950s New Orleans. Written by "New York Times" bestselling author Ruth Sepetys, this novel has something for everyone: love, mystery, murder, blackmail and warmth. Josie Moraine wants out of The Big Easy - she needs more than New Orleans can offer. Known locally as a brothel prostitute's daughter, she dreams of life at an elite college, far away from here. But then a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie caught between her ambition and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans is luring Josie deeper in as she searches for the truth, and temptation beckons at every turn. Praise for "Between Shades of Gray": "This superlative first novel by Ruta Sepetys demonstrates the strength of its unembellished language. A hefty emotional punch". ("The New York Times"). "...moving and heart-wrenching". ("The Guardian"). Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan and now lives with her family in Tennessee. Her first novel, "Between Shades of Gray", was shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children's Book Award.
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Ruta Sepetys is the author of acclaimed YA novel, Between Shades of Grey. Born and raised in Michigan in a family of Lithuanian descent, Ruta now lives with her husband in Tennessee. Ruta was a highly successful promoter of classical music concerts, booking and touring with orchestras worldwide, before turning to writing full-time. In 2015 Ruta has been awarded The Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Bellagio Center writing residency, where she will interact with other leading international artists, writers and thinkers.
By Julie Rimpula 14 Aug 2014
Out of the Easy is undeniably a good book. The writing is superb; Ruta Sepetys is a master of metaphors. She has a way with words that will sneak up on you and poke at your heart. Captivating story, actually. But I can't say I liked it very much. For one, the pace was too slow for me. It took me over a month to finish this book because it could not hold my attention for too long. I was expecting more thrill and mystery since the blurb mentions about a "mysterious death." Sadly, it fell short of my expectations. But on a positive note, there are no shortage of interesting characters in Out of the Easy. There's Cokie, Jesse, Willie, Sadie, Patrick, and even the girls at the brothel house. I'm not too keen about the main character, Josie, though. I mean, she's strong and head smart, but I just can't sympathize with her. I think my favorite part of the book was when Josie realized who Patrick was really in love with. That was an amazing turn of events. I almost believed they would end up together. Good thing they did not. The last quarter of the book was marginally better than the first parts. There's more action and less dawdling on Josie's part. Her problems were actually having solutions. Things were starting to look up, if only a bit. And then an amazing character dies. Sucks, right? I personally don't see why the author had to kill that particular character off, except maybe that it would be the only way for Josie to have the chance to decide for herself and escape her crappy life. It was sad but what actually moved me to tears was Sadie's gesture at funeral party. So simple yet so touching.
Overall, Out of the Easy isn't bad. It's just not for me.