Out of the Easy {Book Review}


Published Date {paperback}: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Speak
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Pages: 386
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery

You can view the summary for Out of the Easy here.

***I apologize in advance for the following book gush***

I’m a New Orleans girl. I lived in Metairie {a suburb of the city}. I went to high school at McGehee on Prytania St. in the Garden District. I got lost in the French Quarter on the weekends, camera in hand. I may not live there anymore but heart will always be in The Big Easy. So, needless to say, I snatched this book up without reading past “set in New Orleans.” With a little apprehension, I began reading. And within the first paragraph, I was hooked. The apprehension melted away and my heart swelled with happiness.

Y’all, this book. THIS BOOK. *sighs* *smiles* It made me so happy. Sepetys weaves a story so witty, so mysterious, so suspenseful, so…amazeballs, that it leaves you wanting so much more {it’s a stand alone, so you will not get more *pouts*}. The plot is so well executed and written that I’m bummed I didn’t read this sooner. And the characters? Even better!! Our MC, Josie, is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. She’s spunky, smart, funny, genuine. In short, I want to be her best friend. The secondary characters are just as good. There’s no insta-love, though there is a mini-triangle. However, it’s necessary and perfectly executed.

Ruta’s portrayal of the city is PERFECTION. She nailed it. I’ve been to the places she describes and I could see it, smell it, hear it. It was just…perfection. She puts you smack dab in this time period, in Josie’s crazy life and hooks you to the point where you never want to leave.

On a fun side note: Sepetys talks about Carlos Marcello, who was a famous New Orleans Mob Boss. The Marcello family is still around and I’m pretty sure they own a “newstand” in the Metairie {I hope they don’t read this and mark me} And I briefly worked with the niece of Carlos Marcello, Sally. She was pretty bad a$$. Anyway, that’s all.

Read this book. It’s one of the best I’ve read. It’s got love, heartbreak, murder, hookers, and one of the most eclectic city’s as a back drop. You cannot go wrong.


18 thoughts on “Out of the Easy {Book Review}

  1. I am a sucker for books set in New Orleans! This sounds like a fantastic book, and its been sitting on my TBR for awhile, so maybe I’ll give it a go soon!

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  3. It’s such a relief to know that this is a great book! I’ve read Ruta Sepetys’ other book, Between Shades of Gray, and I FELL IN LOVE!!!!! I was afraid to get my heartbroken with Out of the Easy but now I’m definitely going to read it!! If you haven’t read Between Shades of Gray you should check it out!!

    • It was SOOOOO GOOOOOOD!!!! Seriously. So dang good. And yes! I need to check out her first novel. I’m happy to hear it was equally as good 😉 Thanks for commenting!!

      • Hahaha 🙂 it’s so amazeballs. AND SO IS MARA DYER!!! Oh I just love that series and cannot wait for Retribution to come out!!!!
        No worries *goes to thebookgleeks to follow and look up reviews*

      • OMG I HAVE LITERALLY CHECKED IN THREE STORES FOR THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER AND I CANNOT FIND IT and even though I have a Nook I just want it in all of its paperback glory.. *sigh* and haha thanks ur awesome!

      • Aw thanks 😉
        Trust me, I know what you mean. Paperback glory should be a song. You’re gonna love Evolution!! Gahhhhh so much goodness it makes my chest hurt.

      • Haha! And can I just say… Noah Shaw…😘😘😘😍😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😍😍😍😘😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘😘😘😍😍😘😘😘😍😘 Sorry… I kinda fall in love with like every single hot male character in every single book. What can I do? Btw, Noah Shaw is MINE!! Haha but no joke…

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