Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: Nov. 6th, 2012
“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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