Out Of The Easy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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It's 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on ...

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It's 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780606343008
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,199,658
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

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    Seventeen-year-old Josie can¿t wait to get out of New Orleans, a

    Seventeen-year-old Josie can’t wait to get out of New Orleans, aka The Big Easy. It’s not easy growing up the daughter of a prostitute — especially when everyone in town knows who you are. Maybe it wouldn’t be THAT bad if her mother even pretended to care about her instead of the money she makes and her dreams of becoming a big star. Josie’s only solace comes from the bookstore she works and sleeps in and the few friends that she has. The money she makes at the bookstore is her ticket far away from here. But when someone is murdered in the French Corner, Josie finds her dreams of escape threatened. Turns out her mother was involved with a crime boss and he’s come for them, looking for repayment on an old debt. Loyalties are questioned, and personal limits tested as Josie does everything she can to get out of the easy.

    I love New Orleans, and Ms. Sepetys does a wonderful job of conveying it. Even though the story is set in the 1950′s, it still had the flair that I love and that little hint of danger that threatens to spring out at you from every corner.

    All of the characters are very rich. I really liked Josie’s strength and determination. She never had much of a life — always at the mercy of an uncaring mother. Heck, she was mixing drinks at the age of seven — umm, yeah! I really wanted her to finally get away and find happiness.
    The supporting characters (and there are quite a few) are all just as well-rounded. I loved Cokie, the cab driver with a heart of gold, and Patrick, one of Josie’s friends from the bookstore. I also liked Jesse, Josie’s potential love interest, though I did want a little more from him. On the flip side of that, we have Josie’s mother who is a hot mess, and Evangeline, one of the other “girls” at the brothel who was a total hag.

    I think the most intriguing secondary character had to have been Willie, the madame of the brothel. Willie is sugar and spice all rolled into one. She’s the only real mother figure Josie has and she actually takes care of Josie as best she can, even if she does say in the beginning of the book that she doesn’t care for kids.

    Ms. Sepetys has a way with words, and this book flowed very well. The imagery is great, and the pace fits the tone of the book. This book is very character driven and not exactly fast-paced, but it’s not meant to be. It’s not a thriller or a mystery (though there is a bit of a mystery involved and several “bad guys”), it’s a historical novel about a young girl trying to find her way. There’s a lot of depth and emotion between the pages which totally pulled me in.

    I haven’t read Between Shades of Grey, though I’d heard wonderful things about it. People raved about the author’s writing, and I have to say, they were right. This book made me a fan of hers. This one is heartbreaking, hopeful and fully captivating. I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not into historical fiction, I would say you should give it a try. It reads more like a contemporary book. The characters are rich, the story captivating and the writing top-notch.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

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    I really loved Ruta Sepetys' first book, so when I saw she wrote

    I really loved Ruta Sepetys' first book, so when I saw she wrote a second one, I decided to check it out. Out of the Easy, in my opinion, was even better than Between Shades of Gray, and not as heavy. I loved the main character, Josie. She is a very strong girl and a dynamic character; I have never read about anyone like her.
    Like Between Shades of Gray, this book is not for younger audiences. There's a lot of prostitution going on, and a couple explicit scenes, but this book is great for teens.
    Overall, I really enjoyed Out of the Easy, and I look forward to Ruta Sepetys' next book! 

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Best book ever!

    I loved this book so much! It was was exiting and it never got boring. The characters where so well written. It is my new number one favorite book! Please read it it's so good for all ages 13 and up! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Loved it

    Loved it. Could hardly put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

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    Ruta Sepetys is a gifted author!  Out of the Easy is a wonderful

    Ruta Sepetys is a gifted author!  Out of the Easy is a wonderful novel about a young woman who has to fight her way
    out of where she is and into where she wants to be.  Loved it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

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    Out of the Easy was such a pleasant surprise. I did not expect t

    Out of the Easy was such a pleasant surprise. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Even now, I am still thinking about this book and how amazing it is. Out of the Easy is about the life of Josie, the daughter of a brothel prostitute in New Orleans in the 1950s. However all Josie wants is to get out of New Orleans, go to college, and leave behind the life that she never wanted that includes an uncaring and rather heartless mother and the work prospects that seem to be pressuring her into submitting to. 
    Josie is a very strong willed and confident female protagonist. Not many girls can move away from their own home at the age of 11 and get their own apartment on top of a book shop and hold a steady job there up to now, at the age of 17. This takes a ton of presistance and determination. Josie also never dwelled on how horrible her life is, but thought of ways to get away from it and improve it. Also, having a mother like the one Josie has? my god, I would have disowned myself ages ago. Her mother is not only caring but is obsessing with a dangerous man that has hit her more than once, and actually steals.. from her own daughter. However Josie does have a mother figure in her life and, surprisingly, it is the madame of the brothel, Willie Woodley. From the outside she may seem to be tough as steel, but when it comes to Josie? you know she would do anything for her. The relationship between those two, even if unconventional, was so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. 
    Other secondary characters include Patrick, Jesse, and Cokie. The first is her close friend, the second is the love interest, and the third is sort of like her guardian; he is a driver who works for Willie and is always looking out for Josie. I have to say that romance isn't a prevailing theme in this novel, but I am a fan of romance in my novels and I still ended up loving Out of the Easy, so I would honestly recommend it to all young adult readers. I believe that Out of the Easy is a literary gem. It is one of those books with so many underlaying themes and "morales of the story" that I think everyone should at least try to pick this book up. I know for a fact that if you did, you would be swept up and to the world of Josie and the dreams that she, and you, want to come true. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Really great and fast read! Fresh characters, fresh story line!

    Really great and fast read! Fresh characters, fresh story line!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Brings the characters to life

    Ruta Sepeteys has done it again...her first book, Between Shades of Gray, was amazing and now Out of the Easy is even better. The characters are believable and written well. I love historical fiction and can't wait for her to write another one...enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    I didnt want to put it down!!

    I loved this book! I read it in a day, it pulls you in and and surprises you. Really quick easy read, great story line and characters. I wanted to read more! I definitley recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    I am an English Teacher and read Sepetys' s book "Between S

    I am an English Teacher and read Sepetys' s book "Between Shades of Grey" for our community's Reading and Writing Festival: it was exceptional young adult literature.  This book is aimed for a slightly older teenage to young adult crowd and it is the most OUTSTANDING book i have read in the last two years.  I find myself thinking about it all the time, wanting to revisit the town and the characters. I will probably read it again right away! It is an easy read but the character development and the plot is complex and riveting: i would even recommend this book to non-readers. This is a PERFECT summer reading book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Enjoyed

    Loved the book, but not sure what teen should read about a whorehouse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    !!!

    One of the best books I have ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    OUT OF THE EASY

    OUT OF THE EASY has to be a must-read for teens. Though the plot was compelling and the characters compelling, I found the many subplots a bit too much. Cincinati never really showed up until Josie has her money. Forest Hearne wasn't important and yet he remained throughout the book. There were too many little things in the plot that took away from the story at hand. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    -gravitysabully

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    A must read

    This book is just so good i got it like two hours ago and i cant put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Fantastic Read

    You will not be dissappointed with this book. A really great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    I have read Between Shades of Gray and loved it! when I saw that

    I have read Between Shades of Gray and loved it! when I saw that Ruta had a new book, I had to read it.  I started to read this book, and it took a long time for me to get into the plot. Maybe over half way through the book is when I couldn't put it down. Needless to say, the book was gripping towards the end. I recommend it, but give it a chance throughout the first half before giving up on it, it won't disappoint.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    Josie wants a life where people do not know her as the daughter

    Josie wants a life where people do not know her as the daughter of a prostitute, where she can become more than what others expect of her, and one where she knows the identity of her father.  But life in the 1950s is hard for those who have little even when they have the will and the drive to do better.  Josie tries to escape the future others expect from her, navigate a crush, and remain loyal to those who have been there for her with varying degrees of success.  In the midst of her struggles, a local mystery brings unwanted attention of the sort she never imagined.

    Ruta Sepetys is so talented and excels at creating touching stories and courageous characters using such simple yet well-written words.  This is such a quick read and I loved every minute of it.  I loved the characters, their personal struggles, and the brief look into the '50s.  It wasn't just Josie but all the other characters and their struggles seen through her eyes.  Some of the Gangters/mob talk seemed a bt contrived but at her book signing I did hear that it was based on a real person and their experiences.  So maybe that's how it really is.  I'm a bit skeptical though.  Also, this story is set in the French Quarter but didn't have a strong New Orleans flavor.  If you are looking to feel New Orleans and the feel of the setting, OI'm not sure you would get that here.  It felt authentic but could have been easily placed in a different setting without changing anything but the names of locations.  If you've read Between Shades of Grey you knows doesn't believe in perfect endings and this one is no different.

    Overall, another memorable and touching read from Ms. Sepetys.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    Loved it!  Great story - got attached to Josie - read in a day -

    Loved it!  Great story - got attached to Josie - read in a day - look forward to more from this author

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    must check it out

    A nice wholesome story about a young women's struggle to better her life.

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

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    Excellent

    Excellent

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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