Out of The Easy

Kobo ebook | February 12, 2013

byRuta Sepetys

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“A haunting peek at the life of a teenage girl in 1950s New Orleans.”--Entertainment Weekly

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

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“A haunting peek at the life of a teenage girl in 1950s New Orleans.”--Entertainment WeeklyIt’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Bi...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1101607807

ISBN - 13:9781101607800

Customer Reviews of Out of The Easy


Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Book!!! Once again Ruta doesn't fail to make me fall in love with characters. I absolutely love this book and the mystery it holds. She has a beautiful way with words and I would recommend this to everyone.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Excellent Story, couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great mystery Josie’s life isn’t easy. Her mother is a prostitute and only thinks for herself. She learned at a young age to take care of herself and wants nothing to do with her mother and her toxic lifestyle. Her main goal is to leave The Big Easy and go to college. Yet, her mother and her poisonous boyfriend Cincinnati makes it hard for her do so, she takes matters in her own hands only to be caught in the middle of a murder. Young women like Josie sure had a hard time even applying to get into any school. I felt for her. I pitied her. I cheered for her. Josie is the character you grow to admire and love. She is as strong as any kick ass heroine with the intelligence to match. Her life was not easy, but she made it work. I admired her tenacity and determination to never give up and I have to say that I have grown to love her character as if she was my own friend. Jesse, the mysterious and rugged boy she grew up with is wanted by all the ladies but only has eyes for Josie. He likes to help Josie when she’s in need, and loves to tease her whenever he can. Patrick, her best friend and co-worker is reliable and supportive. He has a hard life living with his father who is sick and is in need of around-the-clock care. The scenes with him were heartfelt and I pretty much teared up he was on the page. There were so many secondary characters in this book that I loved. Willie, with her sharp tongue and protective habits, Cokie, and his supportive and optimistic view for Josie’s future were both so endearing and I can’t help but love that these two characters helped Josie along the way. The writing is fluid, humorous, infectious and downright entertaining! I couldn’t stop reading until the very end. Mind you, there were some very predictable parts but that’s probably just me unraveling the mystery as I read along. I thought it was a bit too long, but then again that’s probably because I’m impatient and I want to know what happens right away. I can’t wait to grab a copy of Ruta’s previous book so I can read more from her beautiful writing style and lovable but flawed characters. Characters So many characters that I just loved! Pacing/Length Fast in pacing, but a little long for me. Cover/Design Beautiful. The cage symbolizes her goal perfectly. Plot SO much drama and problems, but Josie was just a great main character to cheer for. Overall, a must-read for any book lover!
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A truly lovely book. I was left feeling uplifted and entertained. The characters were fabulous and I loved them all - even the ones I loved to hate. There is just enough detail and hints at 'taboo' subjects to start young minds thinking without doing damage. Respect for others is a recurring theme and well presented. All in all a book I wish had been around when my kids were younger.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of the easy Great book, looking forward to reading more of Ruta sepetys books.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books Out of The Easy was a book that I just picked up very randomly. The paperback had just come out and I loved seeing the cover at work, and the book I had been reading wasn't doing it for me so I just started reading it on my break. It soon completely captured my attention! Ruta Sepetys transported me back to 1950's New Orleans through steamy summer nights, a girl attempting to break out of a mold, a dreamy boy on a motorcycle and a house full of surprising women. Jo was the type of character who is tough as nails but still has a vulnerable side. She's determined to go to a College far away from New Orleans, but despite her dislike of the Quarter and everything involved in it, she has deep attachments to the people there. All of the characters were so full of life and I loved getting to know them. Willie was brilliant and her love of Josie was strong, although she had strange ways of showing it at times. Cokie, Patrick, Charlie and Sadie and all of the girls in Willie's house cared about Josie so much, and I loved seeing her with such a support system. The romance with Jessie was sweet, and he was certainly swoony with his beat up leather jacket and motorcycle, as well as his actions, but I would have loved to have seen just a little bit more. The murder mystery wasn't as prominent as I was thinking it would be either, more or just a side plot, but it kept it interesting and fit the tone of the book perfectly. All in all Out of The Easy was a huge surprise for me, and i'm so happy I picked it up!
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read Better Between Shades of Gray was much better. The author had a deeper meaning into the book, and the storyline was full of plot twists and shocking secrets... this one, not so much. I see this as one of those rebel gangster books. I'm not really into those with those concepts and maybe that's why I didn't enjoy reading this novel? I wish that Josie was more abundant to her surroundings, and less emotionless than she was. Good, but not the best.
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Out of the easy Out Of The Easy is a gloomy yet - in many ways - inspiring book that explores themes such as poverty, prostitution, mental illness, abandonment, murder, abuse and making one's own destiny. It's a story of a girl who dreams of a normal life - a life that doesn't involve cleaning brothels, sleeping in a book store and constantly trying to appease her abusive, Hollywood-star-wannabe prostitute mother. An engaging, thoroughly captivating tale full of phenomenally depicted settings and masterfully fleshed-out characters that you'll never forget. 17 year-old Josie Moraine has never had it easy. Her mother, a self-absorbed and thieving prostitute in a Conti Street brothel, has made it clear to her that she was nothing more than a burden and a mistake. Her father is unknown, he could be any one of her mother's many clients. Despite being abused, neglected and unloved, Josie's determined to get away from the filthy streets of French Quarter and make a good life for herself. She dreams of attending Smith College in Northampton. She's saving every hard-earned penny, hoping to one day escape from the Big Easy. When her mother leaves for California with a brutal criminal, Cincinnati, Josie is worried, but also relieved. But before long, she learns that her senseless mother managed to make a mess out of her life yet again, leaving her with a dead-man's watch, a mob debt and entangled in a high-profile murder case. Well-read, street-smart and strong-willed, Josie is a phenomenal lead character. Her story really pulled on my heartstrings. She's the kind of girl you can relate to, even though your lives and personalities are worlds apart. She's kind, understanding, giving, but she can also be fierce and unstoppable. She's gone through so much! She's more mature than any other girl her age, clever, thoughtful and not easily broken. I admired her and cheered for her. Ruta Sepetys did an amazing job creating three-dimensional characters. All her characters - from the crude but caring madam, to the two love interests - are written with exceptional clarity, authenticity and conviction. Having first-hand experience with mental illness (Alzheimers), I was especially moved by Charlie's story. The passages describing his violent behavior and how it affected his son, Patrick, were truly heartbreaking. Sepetys wrote about his suffering with frankness and sensitivity and I must say I teared up a few times. Sepetys prose is flavorful, descriptive and deeply penetrating. I didn't just read Out Of The Easy, I gobbled it down. It definitely was an unforgettable reading experience, full of thought-provoking passages, unique New Orleans atmosphere, authenticity and breathtaking visuals. Most of all, it was a beautiful and sophisticated story - both touching and inspiring - about life, dreams, and self-esteem. A story about the harsh reality of the New Orleans French Quarter, rich people with broken souls, prostitutes, gamblers and criminals. And one girl determined to break away from the life she's told she's destined to live. A reflective story that wraps its arms around you like a soft blanket and holds you in a tight grip all the way through. I found myself lost in the world Ruta Sepetys so skilfully crafted. Her writing style had me hooked from the opening lines. I admit, I became a Sepetys junkie. Out Of The Easy is a soul-stirring and fascinating story, written with care for historical and cultural detail. Sensual, rich and perfectly satisfying. Poignant. All in all, it's a phenomenal tale written by a very capable writer with undeniable talent for words and character development. I highly recommend picking it up, it's one book you really don't want to miss!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written I was incredibly eager to read Ruta Sepetys' second novel Out of the Easy when I first read it's synopsis. I have had a slight obsession with New Orleans and the French Quarter since I was a kid. Take me back to the 1950's and Out of the Easy was high up on my TBR for 2013. Having not read Sepetys' debut novel Between Shades of Gray, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. But I had pretty high expectations, because Between Shades of Gray was so well received among readers everywhere. Not only that, Out of the Easy was getting rave reviews. Everyone was loving it. And after reading it, I loved it as well. The audio book is narrated by Lauren Fortgang (who has narrated a number of audio books including Precious and Fragile Things by Megan Hart and other adult romances), and is just under ten hours long. I devoured this one in a couple days in as many sittings. Fortgang does a really good job of narrating this story. Because Out of the Easy takes place in Louisiana, the majority of the characters have southern accents. Fortgang does a good job of conveying the southern twang of the characters but of also making each one unique. None of them came of flat due to narration- which can sometimes happen with audio books. Overall the audio book of Out of the Easy was a great experience and I was very happy with the narration. The story itself was interesting. While I totally loved it, I spent a good portion of the novel waiting for something to happen- this is in no way a bad thing. What's interesting about Out of the Easy is it is very character driven, and the focus is on the relationships the characters have with one another. There isn't a strong plot. If you like character driven novels you will love this book, but if you are looking for fast paced adventure with a lot of suspense you won't get it. Neither will you get a swoony romance. There is a romance, but it's very subtle and you don't realize what it is until midway through the novel. The writing in Out of the Easy is flawless. Ruta Sepetys is a beautiful writer. As many who have read Between Shades of Gray have said. Listening to the audio book was such an enjoyable experience which was one hundred percent due to the beauty of the story. Overall, Out of the Easy was fantastic. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who really is looking for a well written story. It's just good. I will absolutely be looking to read Between Shades of Gray soon.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous!! Story Description: Philomel|February 12, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-399-25692-9 It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old, Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Jose is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test. My Review: Josie Moraine’s mother, Louise, began working as a prostitute in 1940 when Josie was just seven-years-old – the same year they moved from Detroit to New Orleans. Josie says her mother isn’t the “filthy, streetwalking kind” of prostitute and sleeps with men for “money and gifts” but according to the “dictionary, that makes her a prostitute.” She is actually quite pretty, fairly well-spoken and has lovely clothes according to Josie. Their second day in New Orleans, Louise received an invitation to visit someone and a cabbie named, Cokie, showed up to escort Louise and Josie. They pulled up to a house on Conti Street that was painted a pale yellow with black lattice balconies. Josie was quite taken aback with the place and asked her mother whose house it was. “It’s her house. Willie Woodley’s” said, Louise. “HER house? But Willie’s a man’s name”, Jose said. “Stop it, Josie. Willie is a woman’s name. Now keep quiet!” replied her mother. Stepping into the house, the first thing Josie saw was a veiny, pale, hand draped over the arm of an upholstered wingback chair. Her nails were glossy red like pomegranate seeds that could pop a balloon with a quick flick. Gold and diamonds clustered every finger. Her voice was thick, her plantinum blond hair was pulled tight in a clasp engraved with the initials W.W. Her eyes were lined with charcoal and she had wrinkles fringing out from the corners, and her lips were scarlet red. Willie made it quite clear that she didn’t like children which therefore meant Louise and Josie could not reside in Willie’s house with the other girls. Willie told Louise about a small apartment on Dauphine that one of her bookies had been renting but he’d just recently gotten himself shot and killed so wouldn’t be needing the apartment anymore. Willie told Louise to settle in and they’d talk again at the end of the month. By 1950 when Josie was seventeen-years-old, she was living alone above the bookstore where she worked. Her mother was prostituting for Willie and had no interest in Josie whatsoever. Josie’s big dream was to escape the Big Easy and head for Smith college but the tuition was two-thousand dollars a year and where would she come up with that kind of money? In the meantime, her mother, Louise has gotten herself involved with a man named Cincinnati who was one bad dude. Someone you certainly wouldn’t want to cross. Although he beat Louise, she could look over that due to his generosity with his big money, fancy restaurants and the best hotels New Orleans has to offer. One day a tourist stops into the bookstore where Louise works and purchases two books but winds up dead on New Year’s Eve. At first his death is ruled as a heart attack until police get word that something else is up. His body is exhumed, an autopsy done and it’s concluded that he was murdered. Everyone in the Big Easy is on edge and being questioned by the police. Willie, wanting to protect Josie sends her away to her summer home until the heat dies down. She didn’t want Louise dragging Josie into something she wasn’t responsible for. What Willie doesn’t know is that Josie is already involved. She took something that belonged to the tourist that the police and dead man’s wife are now looking for and Josie doesn’t know what to do with the evidence. What transpires in this story will knock your socks off. I read this book in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down. It was the best 4.5 hours I’ve spent in a long time. Out of the Easy is one story I won’t soon forget. The characters are endearing each in their own way and one in particular is an absolute doll. You’ll love this book and will want to pass it on to friends and family, I know that’s what I’m going to do. Ruta Sepetys’ first novel was titled “Between Shades of Gray” and if you haven’t read it, you might want to pick it up at the same time as ‘’Out of the Easy”. Ms. Sepetys is well on her way to becoming a well-known bestselling author and I can’t wait to read her next book.
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeously Written Historical Fiction Novel! Although I haven't read Ruta Sepetys's previous novel Between Shades of Gray, I've heard tons of glowing praise for it, so I couldn't wait to read Out of the Easy, hoping it would be just as amazing. Out of the Easy really is a gorgeously written historical fiction novel! The words on the pages seemed to flow effortlessly together and brought the story completely to life. Set in the early 1950s, Ruta Sepetys's Out of the Easy is a coming-of-age story filled with hope, hardship, romance, and the darkly exciting Southern flair of New Orleans. Josie is truly the star of this novel, and her character development is easily the strongest in Out of the Easy. Fate seems to be conspiring against Josie, but I rooted for her to succeed from the very beginning and loved how she never gave up fighting for her future. Growing up in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Josie is known to the locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute working for Willie Woodley. Josie has essentially raised herself, away from her mother's negative and sometimes abusive influence, and lives alone in a small apartment above her best friend Patrick's family-run bookshop where she also works too. Josie is hard-working, intelligent, and stays true to her morals. She would do anything to leave the Big Easy and attend a prestigious college, but she also knows her limits and would never sell her body for the much needed money. If I had to say anything negative about the book, it would be Josie shines so brightly in Out of the Easy that everyone else around her sort of fades into the background. These characters are not necessarily forgotten, but their storylines felt unresolved to me when I reached the conclusion. Josie's mother is weak and refuses to accept she's growing older, acting like a teenager and partying. Despite Josie's warnings, she also continues to date a dangerous man. I felt bad for Josie, I really did. I mean, she continues to worry and care about her Mom, even though she really doesn't deserve it. Josie and Patrick's conversations as they worked together in the bookshop and had a little game of guessing customer tastes were some of my favourite scenes. Patrick had his own personal issues to deal with, and seemed to disappear sometimes, and I wish this had been further explored, that Josie had noticed something wasn't quite right with her closest friend. There's also a dash of romance in the novel in the form of the very gorgeous yet sweet Jesse. Although her mother certainly has a reputation with men, Josie is very inexperienced, and it made her vulnerable to open her heart and draw closer to him. Despite some faults I found with character development in Out of the Easy, I was able to overlook them while I was reading, so it didn't really affect my reading experience negatively. Throwing in the mysterious murder of a wealthy tourist that sets events in motion, Ruta Sepetys has written an absolutely compelling novel that swept me away to a different time period. If you enjoy reading YA historical fiction novels, I'd definitely recommend Ruta Sepetys's Out of the Easy! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/02/out-of-easy-by-ruta-sepetys.html
Date published: 2013-02-15