Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

Hi all!

The usual dose of YA :)





Title: Easy
Release date: 6th of November 2012
Imprint: The Berkley Publishing Group
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 310 in Paperback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

Summary:

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.


Review:

This was an immensely likable book which had many aspects working for it. Starting from the relatable, realistic and sympathetic characters to the delicate yet heads on way the topic of rape was handled. Especially in the sense that if you don’t stop the abuse, then your choice can affect someone else. This book provided a lot of thinking material, not that any of it was unknown and entirely new, instead it refreshed the already accumulated thoughts, views and understandings.

I liked how this was quite a mature story. Nothing overly racy or shocking but I didn’t feel that the author held back or sugarcoated many things. It was a story that could happen to anyone (yes, even meeting a hot and honorable cutie) which made the characters and situations relatable, in addition, made me root for these people more enthusiastically.

My only small complaint would be that at times I felt there wasn’t anything significant going on next to the harsh topics handled, despite this, the book was like a breeze, easy, fresh and enjoyable. I didn’t even notice when it was already finished, and that is an important thing, no one wants a book to drag.

Characters:

Jacqueline was fragile yet strong with several different parts of her life problematic and in a state of crisis. Her boyfriend whose needs and choices she put ahead of her own dumps her, parents that aren’t entirely very supporting, failing an important class and to top it off, being narrowly saved from an attempted rape. Yes, she has several reasons to be stressed out, yet still, she doesn’t freak out, isolate herself or act completely emo. She takes time to come to grips with everything but she doesn’t stop in her tracks entirely. Her life doesn’t fall apart and she doesn’t allow it to. She was smart, talented, caring, loveable and just sweet. She wasn’t a really outstanding characters (slightly dull to me), but she had her own appeal and doesn’t give any reasons to dislike her.

Lucas, the poor tortured superhero. Seriously, he was like the perfect heartthrob: very smart, drives a bike, tattoos, long sexy hair, piercings, understanding, protective, supportive (but let’s you make choices and do what’s necessary), juggling several different odd jobs, great at beating people up (to protect others of course), misunderstood rebel, absolutely devoted to the girl he likes, slightly creepy in his fixation with her, HOT and hunky, them muscles, etc. He was also admirable and strong based on how is chose to continue with his life and the decisions he made. An underdog yet a head over everyone else.

Kennedy – Yes, he was a complete douchebag, but I kind of liked him and couldn’t really hate him with a passion for what he did and how he acted. He was just your typical guy in a “new world” with new opportunities shoved in his face and being surrounded with such crooked mentality it’s no surprise he acted as he did. He wasn’t strong or didn’t want to be strong enough to hold true to what he already had. He made bad choices.

Erin – Everyone should have one friend like her. Carefree, snappy, happy, all out for her friends, loved how she acted girlfriends before men. Respect!

And the villain of the story? I can’t really go into it deeper since I might explode with all the disgust, hate and a wish to punch…hard.

Overall:

I understand and add to the praise of this book. It’s a sweet love story but the dark themes included in the book make it what it is. For me it was a pleasant change form the fantasy YA I usually read and despite the serious main topic of the story, it till remained a cute and fun, simple yet complicated read.



4 stars!

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5 comments:

  1. great review....i'm officially going to buy this book as soon as I can...your review has me interested

    Le' Grande Codex

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  2. I really enjoy reading reviews about Easy, mainly because I loved it. Yours is really good and I loved how you described the characters. They just fit so well.:)

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  3. ive started reading this but havent finished it yet.. perhaps i was just too scared for Jacqueline to continue reading.. but on the other hand i guess you are right, i cant find any signicant story or what on this book except for the harsh topic of rape and the likes..

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  4. This sounds like a really incredible read. Thanks for sharing your review!

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  5. Thanks for the feedback!

    This books seems to be getting quite popular, deservedly so. It's an enjoyable read and all those people loving it don't lie so I encourage everyone to check it out :)

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