Easy

Easy

by Tammara Webber

SYNOPSIS:

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)

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Easy.. yes, so easy to like, so easy to get lost into the story, so easy to get to the last page and wish for more.

Sometimes you don’t really think if a book is good or not, it just works for you. You simply start reading it and the action feels so natural that you don’t stop until you reach the last page. This is one of those stories.
It’s hard to think of the reasons why i liked it so much, and I’m not even sure if it matters because usually what i like about a book is not what others might like – some books just work while others don’t and I am always happy when i get to enjoy what I read.

This being said, I am not sure if these are my reasons to love it, but I am pretty sure that you will enjoy them all:

Jacqueline is my kind of character.
I liked her voice (smart and funny), her strong personality – after what almost happend to her in the beginning of the book she still could pretend that her life was (almost) the way it used to; she still managed to keep her head up and confront whatever it was to confront. Yes, she needed a bit of time to recover, but that only makes her human and that only makes me like her more.

If I had to describe her in a few words I would say that she was really stubborn and she almost always knew what she wanted (and how to get it).

Even though she still had some feelings for her ex she wouldn’t have left him back in after that embarrassing break-up (that’s the spirit!).
She also has a great best friend (Erin), a bit crazy but lovely nevertheless, and this made me happy because I love to read about good friends that can be there for each other. There was a lot of humor involved and that was also great because some topics were pretty hard to digest and my heart needed a few happy moments here and there.

Lucas – He is so sexy and mysterious and I loved how he seemed to play the same game Jacqueline was playing (that her friends made her play). I liked that he was spontaneous and at times not as predictable as Jacqueline wanted him to be. Not to mention that he is very talented at drawing – and I find this even more sexy than his dark, bad-boy-ish look.
(view spoiler)

Landon – Oh my, I want to go back to school. I need a tutor to flirt via email and I think that this smart guy might be just perfect for the job. I loved the e-mails between the 2 of them – they were so fun and flirty and cute.. and I found myself smiling more often than I thought I would.

This story comes in a very big package – there is a lot of humor, there is some (hot) romance, but there are also some though subjects (view spoiler) .

There is the need to move on, there is the need to forget, there is the need to start over, and what makes this story special is the fact that all these things fit so perfectly together.

You are not overwhelmed by them, but you can understand them, feel them.

There was one tiny thing I didn’t particularly enjoy:

Buck – It’s not only because he is the ‘evil’ character in the story, but because his personality was a bit inconsistent – he was there at the beginning, just a bit by the middle and then a bit near the ending. But between these moments he was mostly absent. I couldn’t fear him, he didn’t seem to be a threat… and oh, I wanted to kick his ass so damn badly!
Also I don’t understand why didn’t Lucas just called the police in the beginning (I understood why he didn’t kill the bastard, even though in his state of mind he was pretty close to do it and I can’t even judge him for that)… Still, without this fact we wouldn’t have had a story to read, so I’ll just let this go. But I didn’t like him, just so you know.
I guess this is it; these days I am not too good at expressing my feelings for the books I like, but “Easy” is really good and easy to love, so I am sure that you will like it. Pick it up, read it, love it, and come back to talk more about it 😉

Happy midnight reading!

ro Note: The Romanian version of the review can be found here.

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  • A greatly written review, as always. I really enjoyed it. : )
    PS. Can’t wait for your ‘Moonglass’ review! 😀

    • Ari

      Thanks hun! This book is really great and it pulls you right into the story. I loved it!
      My ‘Moonglass’ review will take a bit, as I didn’t get to really start reading it and I still have 3 (or so) reviews to write. But I can’t wait for it! 😀

  • hey, uhm .. i sooo wanna ask you this for a long time, but i’m too shy to ask ..
    Did you draw the picture above ?? the one with the girl ?? or did you get it from somewhere (don’t worry, i won’t ask about that) ?

    • Ari

      Hi, Jackie, your question reminded me somehow that I still had the ‘spring’ theme on the blog ;)) Done, it’s all summer now 😀
      Yes, the headers have been made by me – there are 2 for every season. I am new to drawing illustrations so I get inspired from watching other pictures, but they are my work. And don’t be shy, I like getting in touch with my readers/visitors 😉 Happy reading!

  • Oh my Holy God! Now I´m dying to read this book. Yay! I have a copy in my nook!!!
    I can´t believe hoe awesome it sounds.
    Great review. Thank you!!

    • Ari

      I think you’ll love it and I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this!
      I’ve been reading some amazing books theses days (‘Easy’ included) and I enjoyed them so, so much that I want EVERYONE to read them! ;)))

  • Kristen

    I absolutely LOVE this story! It’s a book I cant stop reading or listening to audiably.

    I wanted to ask, where did you find the pictures for Lucas and Jacqueline? I’m dying to know

    • Ari

      From the author’s facebook page.
      The cover is a stock image from a series of pictures. She bought the rights for them (to use on covers and such) I think, anyways she shared them with all her fans because the couple is so damn cute 🙂

      • Kristen

        I wish I could see the whole set!

        Sorry for the mega-slow reply. I kept forgetting to check back here, but thanks for the info and awesome review! You were spot on! 🙂 Couldn’t have said it better myself.

        This even inspired me to write my own similar YA book AND I heard from Tammara herself on her Twitter that she’s working on a sort of sequel – told in Lucas’ POV! How awesome is THAT?!!! ❤

  • TheBrokenShelf

    I have this book and it looks like I need to read it!

    • Ari

      So how was it? As I assume that you’ve read it by now 😉

      • TheBrokenShelf

        I love your sense of humor. it is on my pile next to be read after im done In The After.

        • Ari

          In The after by by Demitria Lunetta?
          I am curious about this one, there are quite some mixed reviews on this one – seems like a hit or a miss.

          • TheBrokenShelf

            yes. that one. I’m only half way through it. It’s good so far. I hope these 900 Loose ends get tiedup soon.

  • Daniellle

    I love the last quote too!

    • Ari

      Aww *sigh*