Review: Easy

Author: Tammara Webber
  • Published: May 24, 2012
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Reading Level: New Adult/Mature Young Adult
  • Pages: 304 pages (Paperback)
  • Source: Gifted
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~*~Summary~*~

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. 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, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.

Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.

Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

Author Recommendation: Mature Young Adults (language, drinking, sexual situations)

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I'm struggling to recall a time other than this where I wished--to the fullest extent--that a relationship was real instead of part of a book. And the inner romantic in me was wishing that I could clone Lucas for myself and lock him away in my room forever. This novel is not only a gem among contemporary romance novels under the mature young adult genre, but it is a sparkling diamond among indie writing. This is a book that any romance lover cannot afford to miss. It'll be twelve dollars well spent because the story hidden in its pages is worth even more.

 Jacqueline was dating the golden-boy, future politician at her old school. She gave up her dreams of going to a prestigious music school to follow him to college, only to have Kennedy eventually dump her with one of the stupidest excuses in the history of the world. Days later, his friend and enemy attempts to rape her after a party to get even. Lucky for her, a mysterious and tortured stranger shows up and saves her. She finds herself falling for him, just as she becomes flirty with a class tutor that's trying to help her save her grade that she let drop due to the initial devastation of her break-up. With the creepy stalker occasionally turning up at the worst times, Jacqueline begins a journey of self-discovery and strength while finding what it truly means to be in love. This novel will undoubtedly pull at your heart-strings and keep you flipping the pages like there's no tomorrow. I had no problem finishing it in a single day.

This novel left me with a huge sense of power when I finished reading. It's as if I found my inner strength right along Jacqueline. It stresses that everyone has freedom of choice and it also shows that we cannot dwell on the past, but look forward to the future and always keep ourselves open to possibilities. I feel as if these lessons are strong ones to learn in life, and they're one of the countless reasons that I loved this book.

But the main reason that I loved this book was the amazing plot that slowly put Jacqueline and Lucas together. Everything about their relationship and the progress of them getting to know each other was not easy, even if the simple act of being together was. They had secrets, worries, and their pasts holding them back. They took this journey together and learned so much more about themselves, making all the obstacles that they put in their own way disappear. Lives that they unintentionally made so hard and burdensome became easy with the other by their side. Jacqueline--musical, intelligent, strong and driven. Lucas--quiet, brooding, artistic, and hard to figure out. Together, they will go on a journey that will tug at your heartstrings and make it skip a beat, only to have it explode with joy or a multitude of other strong emotions seconds later.

5 stars to this novel because it will not disappoint. My only disappointment is that this book is indie published. While it is a huge gem, the bookish nerd in me prefers hard-covers, and I so badly want to see this baby in a hard-cover. It deserves it. This story will stick with you for a while and will give you so much hope for your future.

Be aware, that this book tackles huge subjects such as rape, intimidation, and forceful attempts to silence victims. Don't worry, none of it is detailed, but it is certainly mentioned and you can tell what is happening. It is a prevalent undercurrent throughout the novel. Despite it tackling such heavy topics, the book is overall light-hearted. I don't like any of the aforementioned topics, and even then I understood their importance to the book and found it quite easy to handle them. All Jacqueline needed was a little girl power to get her by.

~*~Cover~*~

I love this cover just because I love the characters so much. That is easily how I picture Lucas to be portrayed, which is why part of me absolutely hates the fact that I see no lip ring! Where is that beloved lip ring?!
 

5 stars

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, what an amazing review! After you're recommendation (Pushing the Limits) which got me out of my reading slump, I can't ignore this of course :). The synopsis sounds awesome and I hope I'll love it just as much as you do!

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