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Easy (edition 2012)

by Tammara Webber

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Title:Easy
Authors:Tammara Webber
Info:Berkley Trade (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
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Easy by Tammara Webber

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    Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (becksdakex)
    becksdakex: Contemporary romance, college, young adult.
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I really enjoyed this and thought it was entertaining. It's not high literature, but I thought she handled all the parts of the plot well, the characters were likeable and believable. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
This is the first Tammara Webber book that I've read and it was fantastic. A strong heroine who learns to take care of herself, and a guy who is legitimately a good guy. It was a quick read and I truly, truly enjoyed it. ( )
  uhohxkate | Jan 31, 2016 |
An entertaining YA read. Ms. Webber put together a great love story in which she includes a serious topic that runs like a thread throughout the book. She took an extremely difficult event and turned it into something good really. Jacqueline is headed back from a party and is nearly raped when she reaches her car. Fortunately, she is ‘saved’ by Lucas. She doesn’t know this stranger but soon she happens to meet him again and again.. in class, in her favourite coffee shop… He’s protective of her and kind. For once no macho and still one hot hero. The romance builds up slowly, at a perfect pace for me. All the characters were likeable (except Buck, of course) and I really liked the storyline. Of course there is much more to Lucas than meets the eye and why he behaves the way he does and Jacqueline also shows that she won’t let herself be victimized. She takes self-defence classes and she realizes her mistake by not reporting the attack when word gets out that her attacker tried the same thing with another girl.. I can’t say more about the plot because I don’t want to ruin it but I can say there is a happy ending. ( )
  Ingstje | Jan 18, 2016 |
Easy è un romanzo del nuovo genere New Adult. Per chiarirci meglio, è un romanzo i cui protagonisti sono ragazzi non più "young adult" (16/17 anni) ma che hanno fatto un leggero passo avanti...per ambientazioni ed età più che altro. Ragazzi che stanno frequentando o hanno appena iniziato il college e che quindi sono entrati a pieno titolo nell'età dei giovani adulti. Età anagrafica? Circa 18/26 anni.
Altro punto ad accomunare questi romanzi, per quanto ho potuto constatare avendone letti già alcuni, è il background degli stessi protagonisti, uno o entrambi nello stesso romanzo: tutti con un passato (più o meno recente) molto difficile che li ha lasciati segnati dentro e certe volte anche fuori. Chi perchè ha subito abusi famigliari o da "amici", oppure da incidenti di varia natura.
Insomma, partono tutti su un piano di decisa difficoltà personale che verrà, non risolta, ma alleviata dagli amori di turno trovati nel quasi sempre nuovo ambiente di studio/crescita.

Easy è decisamente un prodotto del genere. I protagonisti sono Jacqueline e Lucas.
In questo caso il personaggio più tormentato e "profondo" è Lucas, misterioso e apparentemente "sulle sue" viene svelato passo passo durante la lettura, tramite le scoperte fatte da Jacqueline nell'intento di capirne i comportamenti.
Anche Jacqueline si rivelerà e crescerà nel percorso, ma l'autrice ce la presenta all'inizio come una comune ragazza che, per i motivi sbagliati, decide di seguire il fidanzato di sempre al college scelto da quest'ultimo, invece di perseguire i suoi personali interessi ed isciversi al conservatorio di musica che sognava. Finendo poi al secondo anno senza il legame su cui aveva fatto affidamento, ignorata da tutti i "presunti amici" (compagni di confraternita del suo ex) e oltre alla beffa il danno di essere costretta a seguire un corso di economia che non le interessa per nulla e a cui si era iscritta solo per stare vicina al predetto egoista (che l'ha lasciata perchè vuole ampliare i suoi orizzonti...orizzonti chiaramente concentrati sotto la cintola).
Questi problemi, che per tanto siano dolorosi sono normali situazioni della vita di tutti, hanno una svolta terribile quando Jacqueline, completamente impotente, viene aggredita e quasi violentata da un amico e compagno di confraternita del suo ex durate un party a cui l'aveva trascinata la sua compagna di stanza. Per fortuna Lucas, di ronda nel campus per prevenire proprio questo genere di situazioni, arriva in suo soccorso ed impedisce il peggio ma non riesce a convincere una Jacqueline sotto shock a denunciare il fatto.
La vergogna di Jackie per quanto successo farà in modo che in un primo tempo tenti di mantenere le distanze da Lucas, dopo aver scoperto che anche lui stà seguendo il suo stesso corso di economia. Ma non ci vorrà molto perchè la reciproca curiosità e poi attrazione li porti l'uno nell'orbita dell'altro.
Galeotto sarà poi un tutor sconosciuto con cui Jacqueline inizierà un'interessante scambio di email.

Benchè ricalchi molti (forse troppi) canoni del genere, la storia e i personaggi di Easy sono sicuramente più equilibrati di quanto non si sia dimostrato Beautiful Disaster. Molto importanti e attuali i concetti contenuti nel romanzo, che lo portano ad essere un bell'esempio ricco di spunti di crescita, da leggere a tutte le età...anche se devo essere sincera verrà sicuramente apprezzato maggiormente dalle più giovani...che tutto sommato sono il target primario di queste letture.

http://azurestrawberry.altervista.org/r-easy-di-tammara-webber/ ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Jan 12, 2016 |
You guys might remember how much I despised Beautiful Disaster last year? I was absolutely fuming, and it had nothing to do with Ms McGuire's ability to write (she can write really well and the book is entertaining) but with the message this book carries to any young adult who might read it.

Easy is a complete opposite of that wretched book. It's gorgeous, it's about girl power and respect and freedom of choice and all the right choices you can make in bad situations, and...and... I loved it so much I nearly cried.

I wish every girl had a boyfriend like Lucas. He listens. He never accuses. He lets you set the pace, and at the same time he is uber sexy and hot and just overall wonderful.

This book is completely realistic and deals with problems in a very real grounded way. There is no theatrical drama and over the top responses. Tammara Webber avoids cliche, mean girls and stupid BFFs.

Jacqueline whose boyfriend of three years just broke up with her is reclaiming herself and her own identity, and her best friend Erin as brilliant and supportive the way your best friend should be. You don't really feel ill towards her ex as well. He is stupid, he made a silly mistake, but when he realises that, it's too late and Jacqueline moves on.

The book tackles serious issues of rape, near-rape, intimidation, bullying and attempts to shame a girl into silence. Don't worry, there are no details, because we are living through the attempts to get through PTSD and a need to speak up, not revelling in what happened.

If I couldn't persuade you enough to read this wonderful book, read Dear Author review which made me go and get this book and start reading it immediately! ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
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I'm seriously left behind in class! Just like Jacqueline, I missed class for two weeks! Not because of a heartbreak, though. Heehee. Anyway, I was admitted in a hospital because of Dengue Fever stage II and I just went to class a while ago. When I asked my professors for a remedial class, I was hoping to get a tutor as cool as Landon. Unfortunately, my professors have yet to read "Easy" since they told me to catch up the lessons by myself! Ugh! Talk about unfair. How come I don't get a one-on-one e-mail tutorial session??? How come there's no Landon Maxwell to save me from my two-week ignorance of Political Thought, Southeast Asian Studies, Ethics, Japanese Studies, Medieval Literature, and Majors! See what I mean? Landon Maxwell could be really helpful right now.

Really, guys. Easy by Tammara Webber is that good. I just have to remind you, though, that it contains mature subjects and themes.

I was surprised by how heavy the plot is. I don't actually support some of Jacqueline and Lucas' decisions, but I'll leave it up to you to decide. Meanwhile, I'll share three lessons I got from the book.
Here it goes!

1. Don't let your past take away your future. It doesn't define who you are today and who you'll be in the future. Live life like there's no second chance!

I got this from both Jacqueline and Lucas. Jacqueline throws away her dream of entering a prestigious music school to follow her boyfriend in a State University, only to find out that he'll break up with her just before their 3rd year anniversary. Jacqueline is devastated and she'll rather fail the class than to sit beside her ex for an hour-long Economics class! Thankfully, her bestfriend/roommate and Econ professor help her to get back to her feet. Her bestfriend starts to encourage her to come to class and her professor gives her a cool and intelligent personal tutor, Landon Maxwell.

The past of Lucas is rather heart-wrenching and tragic to the point that he almost stopped living by wasting himself. His father, a Ph.D. holder and a well-known scholar, shut down his senses and rationality because their horrid past is too much to bear. Thanks to Dr. Heller, Lucas is spared from a dead-life.

2. Do not fear. Step up. Let your voice be heard.

Two weeks after their breakup, Jacqueline is almost raped by a brotherhood rival of his ex. Good thing, Lucas is there to stop him. Knowing the shame that she'll get, Jacqueline decides to keep the incident a secret until it happens again. She escapes the second time around, but not her bestfriend's sorority friend. That's the only time they relayed the rape cases to the authority; however, they'll have to face the consequences of their prolonged silence.

3. Follow your dreams.

That includes your heart's desire. Jacqueline will eventually decide if she'll pursue a degree in music or education. And she'll also have to face her heart. Whom does she love the most? Her ex? Landon Maxwell? or Lucas?

I know you'l enjoy this book, too! Enjoy reading! God bless you more. :)
 

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A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
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When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex's frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life. Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she's still the same intelligent girl she's always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There's just one problem-- their only interactions are through email. Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees-- hoping for more. Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they've hooked up.… (more)

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