Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber
Publication Date: 24 May 2012
Review Copy Provided by Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads: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.

Christal’s Review – 4 Skulls – A

“Choosing to be with you isn’t a difficult decision, Jacqueline…It’s easy. Incredibly easy.”

EASY was an unbelievably sweet and wonderful book. As soon as I finished it, I immediately recommended it to my 21-year old sister. I was completely surprised and delighted by how much I enjoyed it and knew that she would as well.

Right from the start, Tammara Webber pulled no punches. We are introduced to Jacqueline, our main lady, in a very dramatic and horrifying scene. We find out later that we also meet Lucas, our main guy, in the same scene. Ms. Webber’s writing was taunt and fast-paced when needed and playful and lovely enough to melt even the toughest hearts into a pile of goo in other sections. To say this book made me feel feelings would be an understatement; Ms. Webber took me on the proverbial emotional rollercoaster and I applaud her for that.

Jacqueline was a great narrator. She was strong and smart and not above stepping outside her comfort zone. She took her time to be sad and depressed and then she began to move on with her life. She didn’t always have it easy, but she had respect for those around her and she respected herself. She was a very believable college girl and I thought the way she reacted to situations was perfect.

Lucas/Landon was a dreamboat. Obviously I caught on to his duality before Jacqueline, but the emails and text messages they exchanged were just so much fun. Lucas’s reasons for why he tried to keep his distance from Jacqueline were actually truthful and I always thought he had her best interests at heart.

Lucas and Jacqueline brought out the best in each other and helped one another move on from the difficult times in their past. Separately, they are great but together they are phenomenal. I loved how they supported each other no matter what and I was so happy with the way the story ended.

The female relationships in this book were perfect. Jacqueline and her best friend Erin supported each other through thick and thin. They didn’t put each other down or refer to one another as “bitches” or “sluts.” No, they were genuine and real and I want them to be my best friends.

The subject of rape is very serious, but Ms. Webber handled it well. She showed the many different perspectives people take on the subject and the many different ways those involved can be affected. She handled the situation with the gravity it deserved. One of my favorite moments in the book was when the sorority president told the other girls straight up, “This is rape.” You can try to justify and make excuses, but it is what it is and we should be supporting the victim, not the attacker.

I can’t say enough good things about this book and would recommend it to mature readers of YA. I will be keeping an eye on Tammara Webber’s future releases.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing for providing a review copy of this novel.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

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