Easy- by Tammara Webber

Title: Easy

Author: Tammara Webber

Rating: 9/10 (what this means) Please note- I only give a 10/10 if I can hold a book against Harry Potter. I ask myself- is this book as good as/ better than HP? If I hesitate then I have to give a 9/10. This book comes close. Go out and buy it! But, no, I can’t say I like it more than HP.

Publication: 2012

Recommendation: YES! Read it!

My Reading method: Kindle Book (Which is currently only $3.99 on Kindle)

From Goodreads:

“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)”

***WARNING-MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!***

Yay! Another book I loved! (So a short review- no need to rant on this one!)

Tammara Webber, where have you been all my life? I think I might just have a bit of a nerd-girl-crush. Actually, let us call it a HUGE crush. Will you marry me? No? Can I have Lucas? What do you mean, he isn’t real? Psssh.

So this book was recommended to me by my friend Alex, who has impeccable taste in books. Of course, I immediately went out and bought it. (Thank you, Kindle, because I was not going out in pajamas.) After reading Easy, I promptly bought all three books in her other series- Between the Lines. Let me just say- Tammara Webber rocks.

*Another note I want to just throw out before I get started… I don’t know if you’ve noticed a slight change in YA book ratings. Young Adult literature ranges from around ages 12-24 (although I believe the ALA defines it as 12-18) but marketers tend to even aim as high as 25. That being said, twelve and twenty-five year old readers are most likely not interested (and able to handle) the same things. SO- publishers are starting to label YA materials aimed at more mature readers YA-M. Usually, these books contain stronger language, sexual situations, and drug and alcohol use. Additionally, YA-M books generally follow characters in their late teens or early twenties.

Easy is a YA-M book.

So what makes this a YA-M book? Sure, there is drinking, language, and (semi-descriptive) sex, but I think what distinguishes this book from the others is a graphic attempted rape scene. It happens very early in the novel and is a major storyline throughout the book. This is a heavy topic. I think this issue is something younger teens should be aware of, yet maybe not in so many details. Also, the setting of the story is on a college campus. While I think it is perfectly fine for high school teens to read college themed books, the story is actually written for a college age audience. Just keep that in mind while reading.

Ok. Lovely. Glad I got that out of the way.

Now on to Easy.

Firstly, I loved Jacqueline. She’s definitely the kind of girl I could be friends with. She isn’t perfect, but her faults make her human (and not annoying like a lot of characters). Her major struggle through the novel is about coming to terms with her attempted rape. What I particularly loved about Jacqueline is that she evolves through the book. She doesn’t just sit down and cry. She doesn’t brush it off like it is no big deal. Maybe she should have acted sooner, but she is able to recognize when things have gone too far. One of my favorite parts of the story was about her attending self-defense classes. (I mean, come on, you know she’s a kick-ass king of girl to actively pursue ways to defend herself.) And her skills come to good use!

Lucas is equally awesome. He’s smart and attractive but not the kind of guy every girl automatically flocks to (as we’ve seen in so many YA books lately). He’s very protective of Jacqueline but doesn’t cross into the stalking-dominating-overly-aggressive-I-can’t-live-without-you-boyfriend-zone. It was nice to have a normal hero for a change.

Please note: this is almost a purely romance novel. You won’t find any actions sequences other than a couple fist fights. While I don’t generally love novels that focus solely on the romance angle, this one is a worked.

Additionally, I loved the side characters, the interaction with the Professor, the back history, and character development. Overall, this book is a WIN.

Again, I just have to say- this is an awesome story. I really have nothing bad to say about it. (So on my scale- is it as good as Harry Potter? No… but it’s pretty darn close!)

See- I have so much trouble writing reviews on books I love.

Anyway- go out and read it ASAP.

A version of this review is also available on my Goodreads Account.

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