a review of Out of the Easy

Ruta Sepetys probably just became one of my favorite authors, and I’ve only read this one book. Could it be the fact that this book is historical fiction? Or maybe the beautiful and mysteriously sinful setting of New Orleans? Or possibly the mob and politics? Or perhaps that it is set in the 1950’s, after World War II and everyone is pretty much disillusioned? I think a combination of those and much more.

Ruta has charactered such a band of rich characters and I experienced so much through each of them, but more so with the main character Josie. She frustrated me, but in a good way… or maybe it was her situation that got me so angry. If anything bad could happen, it would happen to her. Josie definitely stayed true to herself, which is one of my favorite things in a character. Despite what happened to her, she had a clear goal and knew what she wanted. I also loved that she had such a passion for literature (cough cough… but probably because that reminded me of myself).

New Orleans is such a magical place and the author really brought everything to life. I felt like I was there and experiencing the sights and smells. All the details were pristine, but not overly exaggerated which can happen sometimes with historical fiction. Some people might think the book is a bit predictable, but I found it endearing and is easily becoming something I will come back to when I need to read a good story. I’m packing my bags and going to New Orleans now…

a review of Out of the Easy

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