Out of the Easy

Sepetys, Ruta

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Out of the Easy
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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.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c2013
ISBN: 039925692X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sep
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 22 cm


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Josie, the 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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The book was amazing! Though I was leaning towards the blooming love of patrick and Jo, I still enjoyed. Though I had wished for it to come about it differently. Who knew right? I mean.... in the book he sounds so attractive so does james then.... suddenly I'm hit by a train. I swear I was tear eyed by that one part alone. It was good though .

Oct 29, 2014
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have to thank Miss Angie for gifting me Out of The Easy. I sped through this compelling read, loving every minute.

It's historical fiction, set in New Orleans in 1950- a city I've never visited, and an era I don't know much about. But Sepetys does such a lovely job describing the scenery and the people, without exposition bogging down the narrative.

I found the story fully believable, as well, which is not my usual reaction to historical fiction (this is what comes from being a history nerd, sometimes). Josie, the main character, is smart, observant, resourceful, and persistent. She's a great role model for young women, and I was cheering for her the entire time.

I definitely recommend this one for fans of New Orleans, the 50's, scrappy female protagonists, non-YA coming of age stories, houses of ill repute in New Orleans, gangsters of that era, historical fiction, and character-driven stories.

Jul 03, 2014
  • green_panda_402 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really good book! I enjoyed this book a lot!

I am not one for historical fiction usually, but this book really opened my eyes to what YA fiction can offer outside of the more common science fiction fare as of late.

I read this for a book club and people of all ages and backgrounds really enjoyed Sepetys' book of 1950's New Orleans, which takes not necessarily a hard look, but an honest look into what life was like for people who call NOLA home rather than a getaway destination.

I haven't read this book yet, but Ruta Sepetys is the most wonderful author I've ever seen. Her first book, Between Shades of Gray, is so good. YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 11, 2013
  • meanderthal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good book overall, but I found it just wasn't my thing. However, I'd definitely recommend it to others!

Jul 21, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good book. I would recommend this book for all to read.

Jun 06, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Life isn’t easy for 17-year-old Josie Moraine, living in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. Everyone knows her mother is a prostitute and expects her to follow, but Josie has her heart set on college. Then a mysterious murder in the Quarter draws Josie into its web and points to her mother as responsible. Sepetys has crafted an intriguing mystery that explores the seamy side of life in the Big Easy.

Feb 28, 2013
  • JCLLeslieG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderfully written, stand-alone novel based in the 1950's in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Gripping and dark, this novel follows protagonist Josie as she discovers just how far she will go to fullfill her dreams of leaving New Orleans and going East for an education.


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