Out of the Easy

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 wife 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 other, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the ream 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 he haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
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Out of the Easy
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Published February 12th 2013 by Philomel Books

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I 'm reading Out of the Easy exactly a year after reading Between Shades of Gray.

Out of the Easy is about Josie.

Reading Out of the Easy gave me the distinct eeling of " going through the motions ".

I disliked hat way with Between Shades of Gray and I eel it even more potently now.

Josie is a bo who has been made fun of all her life -- yet we do n't really experience this alienation.

Josie is supposed to be ntelligent, a true cholar -- yet the only factors to explore this is her willingnes to attend school and her job in the bookstor.

There is love triangle ( sort of) and Josie 's reactions to both boys seem off and abrupt -- because again we are onl given enough of her friendshi with either boy to understand how or why she behave the way she does.

There were sudden slices of sincere heartache, ones that finally had me rooting for Josie.

I 'm even giving up, though because I have tha feeling that if Sepetys is inspired enough, and so, truly driven to tell the story of relevance as I think was the case with Between Shades of Gray ( not o much with Out of the Easy), I hink it ill be arvelous.

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Josie is a good girl who let a good education and a good life, out of the tow of New Orleans which, so far, only filled her heart with disappointments.

Though we ’ re clearly aware of thi reaso that this is a historical novel from the way the people were thinking and living in 1950s New Orleans, the point of his novel is not to ell you how things were back in he day, although that ’ s part of it, but rather make you experience, through the lovely Josie, the life of a eenage bo with big dreams in a ity that plans to suck the life out of her.More showing than telling.

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Reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys lead me to agre that there aren ’ t enough YA books set in a) the 1950 ’ s and b) New Orleans.

She is unwilling to get her authorial voice completely invisible, thus allowing her characters to fully form and take center stage.Out of the Easy rose from its pages to develop story that unfolded right in front of my eyes, more like a play than anything else.

All she ever knew was to be normal, to be willing to live and learn like everyone else, without her mother ’ s constant malicious meddling.

But Josie was not alone – each of the characters was so unique, so alive and vibrant – that they completely took over the story and left their author far behind.

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From bright lights and dazzling atmosphere of Libba Bray 's 1920s supernatural murder mystery- The Diviners- to the character-driven story of a Wales occupied by England- The Wicked and the Just- to a creepy ghost story set at he time of the First World War- In the Shadow of Blackbirds- and now this.I confess that I as one of many people who managed to fully appreciate Between Shades of Gray ( I now, I suck) but I had no such problem with Ruta Sepetys' second novel and I know I finally kno what it was about the first that failed for me and why this one delivered: the characters.

For Sepetys to take such an interesting look into the lives and dealings of prostitutes and to show them as strong, funny and oddly empowered women really made me love the nove.

I do n't mean that she portrays prostitution as in any way a good profession, these women would much rather be anywher else, of course they would.

It is incredibly effective and I was all the more angry at the people who sneered at them because of it.This book is one which is at times very funny or heartwarming and at others sad and frustrating ( in th decen way).

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www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI was n't sure I was oing to like the nove, but I was pleasantly surprised that I id:) I fell in love with so many characters in he novel.

he brothel her mom was living in was owned by a oman named Willie and I honestly hated her.

There is character I love in novel, it 's Cokie, he is Willie 's driver.

He loves driving around in Willie 's Caddy:) He is a really sweet character.

There is ofte a nice guy named Jesse that I ad a crush on and it seemed Josie did too:) The characters in that novel are rich in detail and the pat he author weaves the story akes you think your right there with Josie!

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