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Out of The Easy (edition 2013)

by Ruta Sepetys

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Title:Out of The Easy
Authors:Ruta Sepetys
Info:Philomel (2013), Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Teen Fiction
Rating:****
Tags:teen fiction, historical fiction, New Orleans, murder, mystery, romance, family, friendship, prostitution, LGBTQ

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Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

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    A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (FutureMrsJoshGroban)
    FutureMrsJoshGroban: Both are excellent stories about strong, intelligent young women desperately trying to leave their difficult home lives behind and get into college and a new life.
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    French Silk by Sandra Brown (RWListen)
    RWListen: Both books are set in New Orleans and have characters that are "fallen" women.
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    My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow (RWListen)
    RWListen: They are set in Jim Crow New Orleans and are narrated by teenage girls.
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    Frozen by Mary Casanova (susiesharp)
    susiesharp: These two books may be set in different parts of the country and different eras but I recommend reading them both as it is a "turn left" situation, kind of a what-if to each other.
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Overall: 4.50! ( )
  | Mar 19, 2014 | edit |
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The setting is steamy, seedy New Orleans in the 1950's. Living on her own since the age of eleven, as she grows older, she has definite goals which entail more than wondering where her next meal will come from.

A child of a cold, manipulative sociopath, Josie longs to cut the ties from her mother whose claim to fame is good looks and the ability to make money by working in a brothel.

Whenever her mother connects with her, there is trouble. Faster and speedier than a Dyson vacuum cleaner, Josie's mother sucks the energy and vitality right out of Josie's hope to live a "normal" life.

Hanging out with a brutal mobster, her mother's boy friend Cincinnati is as nasty and evil as she. The two steal, harm and physically abuse those in their path.

When an attractive architect visits New Orleans and ends up dead, Josie's mother was one of the the last people who saw him.

While her mother steals, robs and harms Josie any way she can, Josie is intelligent and surrounds herself with wonderful friends who love her, including the Willie, the madam of the house of prostitution.

The cast if characters are well developed and Josie's toughness and vulnerability render her a very likable character that the reader cannot help but route for and long for her to fulfill her dream of attending college at Smith.

There are beautiful passages of description of the downtown French Quarter and the uptown snobbery of the higher echelon who look down on Josie.

Struggling to find an identity other than a daughter of a crazy prostitute, Josie looks for a way out of the easy and into a life where she can accomplish freedom and the respect she deserves.

Highly recommended.. 4.5 stars. ( )
3 vote Whisper1 | Mar 17, 2014 |
Josie, the highly-intelligent daughter of a prostitute, wants nothing more than to escape 1950s New Orleans and somehow go to college in the East. Sadly, her mother's participation in a murder and overall selfishness keep dragging Josie down time and again and she fears that she will always be known as the daughter of a whore. "Out of the Easy" is at times poignant, sassy, witty and heartbreaking, and I loved every minute of it. Fans of Sepetys's "Between Shades of Gray" will enjoy reading her unique voice in this book's wholly different subject matter. ( )
  TheMadHatters | Feb 24, 2014 |
Josie Moraine really wants to escape the confines of her reputation (defined by her mother who is not only a prostitute but a horrible person) in 1950s New Orleans. Despite having no parental support, Josie is surrounded by adults and peers who love her and respect her: Cokie, the dark-skinned taxi driver, Charlie, the bookstore owner who gave her a home above the store, his son Patrick and Josie's best friend, and finally Willie, the brothel's madam. Charlotte, an upperclass college girl befriends Josie and makes her long for a life away from the sleaze of French Quarter by encouraging her to apply to east coast Smith.

Although a murder mystery lends some intrigue, this story unfolds more as a character study, slowly revealing truths about each of the individuals in Josie's life. The climax of the story hinges not on solving the crime but rather on how Josie will respond to the pressures around her. ( )
1 vote readerspeak | Feb 24, 2014 |
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Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.

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