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Easy by Tammara Webber

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Synopsis: 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.

-->Easy by Tammara Webber is one of the best YA contemporary romances that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Webber not only does a wonderful job building unique and well rounded characters, but she tackles the topic of sexual abuse with care and justice to its victims. Jacqueline is an amazing character who is dynamic and real to readers. I think one of the things that impressed me the most about Webber’s story is the fact that Jacqueline doesn’t just jump on the idea of Lucas right after the assault. I was afraid that she might go that route when I was reading it, but instead Webber gives the story a realistic feel because of the emotions of guilt, shame and fear the Jacqueline feels right after her assault. Lucas, well the one thing that I want to say about Lucas is that I think everyone wishes they had someone like him to watch their back. Lucas is smart, driven, fun, protective (but not overly possessive) and a goodhearted person. Plus he rocks tattoos and in my opinion guys with tats are even hotter. I really enjoyed the dynamics of the story and the drama that Webber weaved. It felt genuine, compelling and it was never cheesy or saturated with clichés. I think my only complaint is in the beginning the writing didn’t seem to flow as well. I really only noticed it in the first chapter, so it could’ve been me just getting used to the tense and point of view that Webber uses. I definitely think that Easy has the quality of drama like Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire but I think Webber does a better job at building a likeable love interest. Although Lucas has a dark past, he’s a positive force in Jacqueline’s life. I was also glad to see that Kennedy didn’t become the third wheel on this love boat. Overall, I really enjoyed Easy because well, it was easy to fall in love with. Webber did an excellent job not only making a compelling story but a strong and smart leading lady. I think more stories need characters like Jacqueline. And in this world we definitely need more authors tackling issues like sexual abuse by creating awareness. In closing, I really admire Webber for writing Easy with such detail and so much thought. As a reader it’s easy to see she put a lot of love and effort into this story. I can’t wait to read more from Webber! She’s my new favorite contemporary YA author.

P.S. If this review is jumbled it's because I started reading Easy at 1am and finished it at 4:30am. That's how good it was. ;)  

Do yourself a favor & buy this book: Easy by Tammara Webber
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