A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
When I started reading Easy, I was looking for a book that would take me out of a reading rut. For a week after devouring a series I fell in love with, I was starting a book, putting it down, starting another book, putting it down, etc. I wanted something that was going to get me out of this rut, something that was going to hold my interest and keep me reading until the very last page. I’m happy to say that Easy was that book.
Almost instantly, I was swept up in the book and could not put it down. This may have something to do with the big thing that happens right off the bat: Jacqueline is leaving a party and is almost raped by a person she knew. This might sound like a strange way to start a book, but it works. We meet her “savior” and know that only good things can come from it. Also, the potential rape does have something to do with the story — it’s not just thrown in there for Jacqueline and Lucas to meet. But this isn’t a story about rape, which is something that Tammara Webber does beautifully. Instead, it’s more about the relationship between Jacqueline and Lucas, the secrets people keep, and histories that people may want to keep to themselves.
The thing that really made this book was the characters. I really loved Jacqueline’s character, even if there were times when I wanted to yell at her. Her relationship with Lucas isn’t instant, but the times they were together in the book was something I really looked forward to. I also liked that there was a bit of mystery going on, an almost love triangle, and even the evolution of friendship between Jacqueline and her roommate and friend, Erin.
While there was the aspect of politics addressed when it comes to something like rape (which probably happens more than I’m willing to think), I really liked the message that Webber ultimately conveyed: the fact that it’s not your fault. That thing you might be holding onto, maybe it’s rape, maybe it’s not, isn’t your fault. It’s a very powerful message and one that needed to be said a few times throughout the book.
I will admit that the story did seem a bit predictable to me. There were a few things that I knew would happen way before they did, but for some reason this was okay with me. When I finished reading it, I realized that Tammara Webber’s writing was something that should be explored more and was so happy to have found that book to get me reading a whole book again. Easy was beautifully written, heartbreaking, romantic, and real. A definite must-read.
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