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45If you d asked me about historical fiction two years ago I would have told you it wasn t my thing It had long been a enre that just didn t appeal to me But after discovering The Bodhisattva's Brain : Buddhism Naturalized goodreads andetting awesome recommendations as well as hearing about books I would otherwise never have known about I ve ran into a series of books that have proved I was wrong about this Dark Tapestry (Colin and Leora Mysteries) genre From the 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 creepyhost story set at the time of the First World War In the Shadow of Blackbirds and now thisI confess that I was one of the few people who struggled to fully appreciate Between Shades of Gray I know I suck but I had no such problem with Ruta Sepetys second novel and I think I finally understand what it was about the first that failed for me and why this one delivered the characters Both are character driven novels and even though there were numerous threats to the characters survival in Between Shades of Gray the plot is slow moving and your ability to enjoy it depends on some connection with the characters I lacked this My cold heart felt nothing than the eneral human sympathy we all typically feel for others who suffer When people died it was sad because you know it s sad when people die not because I really cared about the charactersOut of The Easy is similar in that the characters are the main focus and the plot is slowly built around them But these characters I loved so so much Or loathed but either will keep me interested in a novel s outcome The setting is 1950s New Orleans and the protagonist is the teenage daughter of a prostitute and possibly the worst mother ever Josie longs to escape from The Big Easy and o to college but she is forever being pulled back by her mother and her ties to the brothel where she works as housekeeper Sepetys introduces a number of lively and colourful characters into this story from the fierce and wonderful Willie who runs the brothel to the shameless and hilarious Dora who works thereThe patriarchal hierarchy of women puts such lusty wenches as these right down at the bottom and it is common to picture a prostitute as a tragic and doomed character like Fantine from Les Mis rables 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 this book I don t mean that she portrays prostitution as in any way a ood profession these women would much rather be somewhere else of course they would But she portrays them as human beings who have been dealt a bad hand in life and instead of falling into a pit of despair they have taken control of their lives doing what they have to in order to survive It is incredibly effective and I was all the angry at the people who sneered at them because of itThis book is one which is at times very funny or heartwarming and at others sad and frustrating in a ood way It is frustrating to be inside Josie S Head And Have To head and have to with her mother it is frustrating when people expect Josie to never achieve anything just because of where

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came from But is a ood frustrating because you care so much The dialogue is also fantastic and I laughed out loud several times and teared up towards the end Very very ood I am so pleased I Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II gave this author another chance If I have had dark rings under my eyes at lunch today it will was probably be because it s 6AM and I spent the whole night reading Oops Now how could I have resisted Out of the Easy is so damn charming Wonderful settings a flawed MC who makes mistakes but stays very relatable and likeable secondary characters so lovable and true to life Willie Coky Jesse I want to Wow I mean wow This book was so captivating This book is all about this uote from the bookDecisions they shape our destiny And this book tells you that in anyiven circumstance whatever life deals you in the end it s YOUR choice of how you want to shape who you are and make your life The author was able to bring to life with the descriptions and vivid details of the New Orleans during a rough time Not only did she barely touch on the Uptown families she thoroughly devoted most of the book towards the underground and hidden slums of New Orleans in the 1950 s Times and places we didn t focus on during that time or realize were truly there She was so descriptive I couldn t put it down The main character Josie is an amazing character who always sought for something MORE from this life she sought and new and better way of living She is the seventeen year old daughter of a French uarter prostitute She knew what she was surrounded with and knew it wasn t right She was able to escape through books as she works in a book store and the kindness of others that sheltered her as best they could from what she could have easily succumbed toJosie love the name is smart and well read independent The GI Bride gutsy even knows how to shoot aun witty Josie also works at her mother s brothel for Willie the madam and cleans up the messes after parties and such So Josie is exposed to that sort of life constantly and sees what that sort of life is I absolutely loved Willie even though she was rough around the edges She s ballsy and doesn t take crap from nobody Willie keeps her away from ever becoming a prostitute but also can t see beyond her own world I so badly wanted to know about her and what was her story You et to learn a little just enough to satisfy you but there is such and intense desire to know abou. It's 1950 and as the French uarter 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 out of life than the Big Easy has to offer She devises a plan et out but a mysterious. ,
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Is a journey not a destination yes And this book s journey is just simplyflat Reading Out of the Easy ave me the distinct feeling of oing through the motions This is a uick read the chapters come and Ratscalibur go in a blink of an eye And I felt as if every scene was written and included because it is the formula I think I ve figured out my problem with Sepetys there just isn t enough I felt that way with Between Shades of Gray and I feel it even potently now She doesn tiven enough information enough background enough action enoug of anything Josie is a The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, girl who has been made fun of all her life yet we don t really experience this alienation Sure some people turn away from her in a couple of scenes but not enough Josie is supposed to be intelligent a true scholar yet the only factors to explore this is her desire to attend school and her job in the bookshop We see her badly wanting to be admitted but I would ve liked to see her be the scholar be thisirl that is being described There is a love triangle sort of and Josie s reactions to both boys seem off and abrupt because again we are not The Selected Poems given enough of her relationship with either boy to understand how or why she reacts the way she does And with Josie herself I never reallyot her She seemed an Everyman reacting to the situations she s put in Like she was a manifestation of all of us within the book and all she did was choose the path that would appease us all She wasn t her own person She didn t have uirks that made her solid and memorable She was bread On a positive note the clouds did occasionally part and I caught A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent glimpses of the writer I loved all those months ago There were sudden slices of sincere heartache ones that finally had me rooting for Josie Slices however and sudden There were also some colourful side characters but then aren t they all Anyway theyot me through Some of them Oh and New Orleans I think Sepetys did a fair enough job of transporting readers into this old mythic succulent and sinful place It could ve been effecting but I will say that it was one of my lesser complaintsSo it was disappointment I eventually found myself skimming near the end I m not My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA giving up though because I have this feeling that if Sepetys is inspired enough and really truly driven to tell a story of relevance as I think was the case with Between Shades of Gray not so much with Out of the Easy I think it will be marvelous Maybe next January See you then This review also appears on The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisherNote This review was made possible by Wendy Thank you Darling wwwmelissa413readsalotblogspotcomI wasn t sure I wasoing to like this book but I was pleasantly surprised that I did I fell in love with so many characters in the book I felt so bad for Josie having a mother who was a prostitute and didn t care for her at all The brothel her mom was living in was owned by a woman named Willie and I really loved her Willie s character was of a ood woman even though she ran a brothel She was kind to those that needed to be kind to and put people right in their place if they needed THAT AS WELL I LOVED THE as well I loved the that she became of a mom to Josie than Josie s real mom She taught her how to shoot uns and use her head She Nine Ghosts gave her a job as a cleaner unfortunately this involved cleaning up after all of the women after the fact the next day EwwwFor some reason I kept picturing Willie as the character from one of my favorite movies Spirited Away I kept picturing Yubaba when I read anything about Willie LoL The book is set in 1950 s New Orleans as you can read in the blurb Josie lived above a bookstore that she also worked in she lived there since she was a littleirl of 12 The owner and author Charlie was very kind to her she also worked with Charlie s son Patrick who was like a brother to her Josie s mom is trouble with a capital T She seems to be in on stealing murders drugs and who knows what all elseJosie meets a nice man that comes into the bookstore She likes him because he seems like a really nice person and it seems there s not too many men like that aroundbuthe Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia gets murdered and this really upsets Josie there is a lot to it but I won tet into that Josie decides she wants to try to شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى get into a prestigious college away from New Orleans and does some really smart things to try to help heret there Josie has had so many let downs in her life There is another character I love in the book it s Cokie he is Willie s driver He loves driving around in Willie s Caddy He is a really sweet character Some of the The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) girls at the brothel are very sweet to Josie too There is also a niceuy named Jesse that I had a crush on and it seemed Josie did too The characters in this book are rich in detail and the way the author weaves the story makes you think your right there with Josie The ending was sad and brought tears to my eyes well a few things brought tears to my eyes tears of sadness and tears of happiness I was all over the place with this review but Lord I was trying my best not to Riding Hard give out spoilers I have a hard time with that I would liked to have talked in detail about people and what all went on I will just say read the book I look forward to reading books by this author as this was my first by her How many collegeirls cleaned cathouses I was watching a show on tv today and heard the over used phrase
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can t have cake and eat it too to which I replied Why not When in the history of ever has someone had the dilemma of being iven a piece of cake which they weren t allowed to eat dietetic reasons don t count Why would you ever want to have Good Yes Good. Uth 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 the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destin. ,

T HER There s also a whole slew of other characters that you just love Cokie Willie s driver Patrick Josie s best friend and co worker at the bookstore I loved this book I really did It was amazing and beautifully written and I thought it was tasteful especially when dealing with this topic and era Sexual Content moderateheavy Violence mildLanguage moderate I thinkDrugsAlcohol mild Reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys lead me to conclude that there aren t enough YA books set in a the 1950 s and b New Orleans And yet only a writer of Sepetys skill and confidence could have successfully written such a story Out of the Easy is a murder mystery first a coming of age story second and about twenty other things in between It is a story of reat complexity and yet paradoxically it is also a very simple one With Out of the Easy Sepetys confirmed that she s not merely a writer of YA historical fiction but that she s a Writer and that she measures up to the very best She is able to make her authorial voice completely invisible thus allowing her characters to fully form and take center stageOut of the Easy rose from its pages to create a story that unfolded right in front of my eyes like a play than anything else I wasn t a reader not exactly Sepetys had allowed me to become a spectator instead All I had to do was sit back and watch as the setting materialized in front of me into a full audio visual and olfactory experience The characters weren t far behind As soon as Josie Moraine spoke her first sentence My mother s a prostitute I knew we were oing to et along and we did Each of us has wanted to be someone else somewhere else at least once in our lives but for Josie it s a matter of survival All she ever wanted was to be normal to be able to live and learn like everyone else without her mother s constant malicious meddling Josie s voice was clear as bell and she spoke to me until her problems became my problems and her heartache my heartache as well Willie said normal was boring and that I should be Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students grateful that I had a touch of spice She said no one cared about boring people and when they died they were forgotten like something that slips behind the dresser Sometimes I wanted to sl The only reason I d lift my skirt is to pull out my pistol and plug you in the head1950 New Orleans Josie the daughter of a heartless and uncaring brothel prostitute dreams of escaping the Big Easy andoing to college She wants nothing than to start fresh and leave behind the whispers that follow her every waking stepJosie is one of the strongest YA heroines I ve ever come across She moved way from home into an apartment on top of a bookshop at the sheer age of 11 and now at the age of 17 works there Her cruel and selfish mother neglects her steals from her and obsesses over a abusive man that reeks of trouble But despite all of this Josie is not one to dwell on her misfortunes instead she soldiers on determined to one day achieve her dreams Out of The Easy features a Colourful Cast Of Characters My Favourite Character By Far Though cast of characters My favourite character by far though to be Willie the madame of the brothel I think this description wicked stepmother with the fairy odmother heart fits her well Despite her ice y exterior she cares deeply for Josie She was a brilliant if not unconventional mother figureJesse with his leather jacket and motorbike uickly won for Josie She was a brilliant if not unconventional mother figureJesse with his leather jacket and motorbike uickly won over His uiet and shy demeanour slowly ives way to an intelligent and charming young man The blossoming romance between Jesse and Josie is very subtle it develops at a steady place and is honestly just down right swoon worthy I appreciated Sepetys portrayal of the prostitutes she shows that they re not tragic bitter characters instead they re just like us they have feelings and do what they have to do to survive Strong funny and caring these women oddly found a place in my heartI never would have picked this up before I became a book blogger YA historical fiction is just one of the many American Literature Student Text genres that book blogging has introduced me to and for that I amrateful Out of The Easy is a beautiful heart wrenching story that has uickly made it to my favourites shelf This review also appears on my blog The Page Turner OUT OF THE EASY is another fantastic piece of writing by the stupendous Ruta Sepetys aka the only historical fiction writer to make my list of top favourite authorsWith a mostly absent and selfish prostitute as a mother Josie s life has never been exactly easy The title is therefore very much ironic Josie is a Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance goodirl who wants a The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems good education and aood life out of the city of New Orleans which so far only filled her heart with disappoi I m reading Out of the Easy exactly a year after reading Between Shades of Gray Sadly the experience was as far and distinct as the setting in the two books I was disappointed to say the least Out of the Easy missed nearly every mark and lacked all the heartbreaking finesse we found in her first novel Not that there isn t an emotional hook the subject matter while not as ambitious as Between Shades of Gray is one that could lift the spirit offer all the randiose hope we look for in art of all venues Out of the Easy is about Josie She is the daughter of a prostitute she lives Josie She is the daughter of a prostitute she lives the uarter she works alternately between the bookshop and the brothel and she is smart She is smart and determined and optomistic She dreams of attending college and finally etting out of dirty wicked New Orleans I see a pattern in Sepetys writing young women with a strong will and an inner compass they steer to et them to a better place Inspiring The idea is wonderful and I hope it s a pattern that continues But life. Death in the uarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother her conscience and Willie Woodley the brusue madam on Conti Street Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld New Orleans lures her in her uest for tr. ,

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