Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

Title: Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: Nov. 6th, 2012
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Rescued by a stranger.
                    Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…


He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

(Mature Young Adult/ New Adult) ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Easy by Tammara Webber is the second must read, hard-hitting contemporary I've read in the past few weeks. Like Speechless by Hannah Harrington, which touched on the sensitive topic of bullying and self worth, Easy speaks about an even more sensitive topic. Rape. Webber's delicately handled, yet powerful novel is a reminder to all women, young and older, that we need to stick together and stand up for ourselves and each other.

Jacqueline was a strong character and even though she made some bad decisions along the way, like trying to protect people who didn't deserve it and save herself from the humiliation of admitting she was attacked, she was a realistic portrayal a college student. The thing I respected the most about Jacqueline was the way she didn't let her attack effect her relationships with other men. She still was able to engage in a healthy (if not a little angsty) relationship with Lucas, the mysterious boy who sits in the back of her economics class sketching.

Oh, Lucas. Talk about swoon-worthy. He's got plenty of problems of his own, but he's more than happy to help Jacqueline deal with hers. After saving Jacqueline from an attacker in a fraternity parking lot on Halloween, Jacqueline starts seeing Lucas everywhere. I love the way their relationship develops. No insta-love here, although there is a bit of insta-attraction, but that's normal for college students! Between their chance encounters around campus to their adorable You've Got Mail style email relationship, I fell in love with Lucas right alongside Jacqueline.

Easy, at times, made me want to hurl the book against the wall. Not because of the main characters, which was refreshing because usually I want to shake the heroine once or twice by the end of a book, but because of some of the secondary character's refusal to do the right thing. Or to listen. Easy shows how people will refuse to do the right thing merely to save face or take the easy way out. When a few of the characters actually tried to convince Jacqueline and another girl who was raped not to press charges because "they would handle it" I really, truly wanted to scream at my book. It's almost ridiculous how many people would rather blame the victims than their attacker just because it's easier to say "it was your fault" than to do anything about it.

Maybe no one will agree with me, but I felt Webber could have done without all of the descriptive make out scenes. After a while there's only so many times you can read "he sucked my tongue into his mouth" without rolling your eyes. One or two descriptive scenes spread throughout would have been fine, but over and over again felt unnecessary and repetitious. Other than the repetitiveness, I wasn't bothered by the graphic nature of parts of the novel, but I know a lot of people might be, so if graphic descriptions of steamy scenes isn't your thing, Easy probably isn't for you.

Easy is a hard-hitting story that inspires as well as entertains and I can't tell you enough how important I feel a story like this is for young women. Knowing that a lot of people might pass right by this novel because of its graphic nature makes me sad, but I sincerely hope that Webber's words reach the girls who need to hear them.

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10 comments:

  1. Great review! I adore the colors of your blog, soooo pretty! I was doing some blog hopping and I stumbled upon yours. I'm a brand new follower! I would love it if you would stop by mine for a visit and follow back if you would like! :) Here's the link: MaMa's Book Corner I hope you're having a great weekend!!

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  2. Well any book that makes you want to abuse it is often a sign the author made some great characters that causes intense emotions. I'm suprised that it's the side characters, it's usually the MC for me as well. But anyways this book sounds fantastic and I keep seeing amazing reviews for it so I'm really curious! Great review!

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  3. What a great review! Makes me want to pick it up right away :)

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  4. I just finished this one and your review made me laugh. There were a lot of make out scenes! But overall it was a very gripping story!

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  5. Awesome review. I have this on my wishlist and can't wait to grab it now. :)

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  6. LOL! I'm laughing about your comment about the make out scenes. I'm planning to read this one soon, but I'm definitely going to be cautious about the make out scenes. Only so much a reader can take, right?

    Easy seems to be a book that basically everyone has enjoyed. Totally need to put this on to-read list.

    Loved your review!

    -Angie @YA Novelties

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  7. Ohhhhh... I want this book already after reading your review.

    -Dannielle

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  8. I've been hearing a ton of good things about this book and I really want to read it... but I'm glad to know about the descriptive makeout scenes beforehand so I can be prepared!

    Great review, it had me laughing out loud at parts!

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  9. Wonderful , honest review. I just LOVED this book. I read it twice! We get such a beautiful visual of Lucas with the cover model. HOPELESS by COlleen Hoover just released is one I recommend. It is rather powerful.

    Mich

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    1. Thanks for the rec, Michelle! I'm definitely going to have to check that one out :)

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