Ruta Sepetys is a miracle worker. I will read anything she writes. What a fun story -- it didn't hit me as hard as Between Shades of Grey or Salt to the Sea but once again, I fell in love with a group of characters and an untold story of history. Witnessing Josie's growth was fantastic and entertaining and heartbreaking. I enjoyed her transformation and her interactions with the other characters. I wish the mystery had been a little more intense and involved but I didn't mind because the plot was still active and continuous.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn't want to put it down (or stop listening as it was an audiobook). I highly recommend it.
"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." -- Sir Francis Bacon
This book begins with the sentence, "My mother's a prostitute." Set in the Big Easy, this book shows that growing up there as the daughter of a woman called everything from a courtesan to a whore is far from easy for Josie. "The vibration of her humming blocks out the sound."
Septys uses spare prose to paint a picture for us of this young woman who has consciously made decisions to distance herself from the life her mother is living. In an interview with the author, Josie is described as a "broken yet beautiful bird" and we see her learn to fly. We also meet a diverse cast of characters and descriptions like "his handsome had gone rotten, like fruit" bring them to life.
Much like "Between Shades of Gray", we see a young woman who struggles and yet there is hope. We root for Josie in her belief that she could be something wonderful like David Copperfield.
"I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield." -- Charles Dickens
A wonderful read ! The characters are vivid and the French Quarter backdrop provides the perfect setting for the novel. This is a departure for Ruda Sepetys (Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Grey,). A novel well worth its praise...it will touch your heart!
This book rings so true to the culture of New Orleans. Some years ago I remember seeing mob boss Carlos Marcello sitting at the head of a long dining table in Commander's Palace, with his "family" members seated down both sides of the table, having lunch together. At another table, there was an author being interviewed about her recent romance novel set in New Orleans. Across the street from the restaurant was one of the city's famous cemeteries. The city itself is one of the main characters in this wonderful novel. I was transported back there by the author's vivid storytelling -- the sights, sounds, smells -- and the thoughts and feelings of the people who inhabit that city. If I didn't know better, I'd think the author actually grew up in New Orleans!
I am a grown adult and I thoroughly enjoyed this YA fiction. What a great depiction of the ups and downs of living in the Big Easy could be.
I read this in one long sitting. I loved the story and the setting. Josie is a strong and smart heroine, and I enjoyed rooting for her. The secondary characters are developed and memorable. The author also evokes the time period and setting well. I think this would be an appropriate read for older teens.
Ruta Sepetys is one of my favorite new authors. Her books are amazing. Her stories make historical fiction come to life.
This book shows that being a prostitute's daughter comes with SO many secrets. The grim reality that a actual gangster from the state's most feared mob could kill you if you say something wrong. And that he's dating you're mom. But even in all that, Josie remains optimistic about college and cares highly about her closest friends, who are practically family.
Engaging story with wonderful writing. I wasn't sure if it would be appropriate for a YA audience, given the setting and profession of the characters, but after finishing the book, I think older teens could read it. Nothing was explicit or inappropriate, but you do read about prostitution and the problems that come with it. Overall, it is an uplifting and encouraging coming of age story that I really enjoyed.
This book was SO good. Ruta Sepetys is my favorite author, and this book reminds me why. A historical fiction book could be hard to write, seeing as much research you need to do as well as not making it 'boring' or too factual to appeal to some teens. Ruta does it perfectly. I forgot that this was a historical book until I finished it and realized, 'Hey, this kind of thing really happened in the 1950s.'
Ruta made this book about the daughter of a prostitute who spends much of her free time in a brothel very clean. There were some sex scenes but Out of the Easy helps to remind readers that prostitutes are people too. And taking place in the '50s, this is actually kind of an eye-opening novel about how things used to be in this part of New Orleans.
I could go on and on about this book, but I'll just say that I recommend it to everyone. Please read, you won't regret it.
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