Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 3/5 stars
Goodreads Summary: "It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter 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 more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.
She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, 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 destiny."
- Between Shades of Gray was much better. The author had a deeper meaning into the book, and the storyline was full of plot twists and shocking secrets... this one, not so much.
- I see this as one of those rebel gangster books. I'm not really into those with those concepts and maybe that's why I didn't enjoy reading this novel?
- I wish that Josie was more abundant to her surroundings, and less emotionless than she was. Good, but not the best.