Tuesday, November 12

Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy
Ruta Sepetys

My rating: ★★

ISBN: 9780399256929
Publisher: Philomel
Date of publication: February 12, 2013
Age: Grades 9 and up
Genre: Historical Fiction

Themes: New Orleans, murder, prostitution, mobsters

Awards: YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults (2014)

Living in 1950s French Quarter of New Orleans, Josie Moraine is looking to escape her life. The daughter of a brothel prostitute, she yearns to go to college far, far away. But when a murder occurs with her mother as a prime suspect, Josie gets pulled in, and escape becomes harder--even the mob is involved. Temptations loom, troubles arise, and Josie's decisions will determine her future.

Josie gets into a lot of trouble and more trouble and then a little bit more. It makes for a bit of slow plot, with no real climax. The research that went into creating the setting is obvious and appreciable, but the story was not as exciting as one could hope. I just didn't get excited about it.

Warning: Explicit Content

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