What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Monday, February 18, 2013

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

I came across Out of the Easy when browsing on Goodreads. I haven't read Between Shades of Gray, so I was not familiar at all with Miz Sepetys's writing style. But I thought that a book set in New Orleans in the 1950s had promise, so I jumped into it.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) First, I have to say I loved her writing style. Everything about it was great, her sentence structure, her plot and character development, even using language skills to develop different characters. Thought it was great. 2) Willie. She was brass and demanding, but also very caring in her own way. She was one of my favorite characters because of the way she talked about her girls, and the way she was helping Josie. 3) New Orleans in the 1950s. I loved seeing this city, in the 1950s it represented in this book. The details made the scenes come alive. Something about New Orleans and it's history has always fascinated me, so for Miz Sepetys to bring it to life the way she did in Out of the Easy captivated me from the beginning. 4) Josie. As a main character, Josie was well-developed, emotional, and smart. With everything she has dealt with her whole life, for her to grow up with the goals that she has, her story is great. 5) It takes a village - Have y'all heard that phrase, it takes a village to raise a child? This was definitely true of this book, and it was great to see this community who loved Josie and were all fighting for her to achieve a better life than they were all living.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing. I thought it was wonderful.

Overall Thoughts: Out of the Easy was a fabulous piece of historical fiction, with a compelling story, well-developed characters, and even an intriguing mystery. Miz Sepetys writing style was fluid and emotional, keeping me deep in the story until I finished the book. I'm looking forward to reading more by her!

My Rating: 5 shots


  1. I've never heard of this one! I'm happy that it delivers, and the French Quarter is definitely a GREAT location!

    Thanks for your review~

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  2. I keep seeing really awesome reviews for this one. I wasn't really interested because the 50's don't really appeal to me, but I am starting to get curious since a lot of people are really loving this one.


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