Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: EASY By Tammara Webber


Easy by Tammara Webber
Release Date: May 25, 2012
Published by:  Self Published
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About (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)



My Review



This book completely took me by surprise.  I ordered it because I had just received my first Kindle and I was looking for something to read.  This book is both cheap and highly rated on Amazon, which was enough to sell me on giving it a try.  I meandered into the book not expecting much and at some point while reading transitioned from merely interested to completely consumed.


First and foremost, the characters are amazing.  Jacqueline is a relatable narrator.  I feel sympathy for her realizing how much she has given up for a boyfriend only to be dumped and left with shockingly little to show for their time together.  Jacqueline never quite realized exactly how much she was shaping her life to fit around Kennedy’s with him doing virtually little of the same in return.  Aside from loosing someone who has been a big part of her life that she loves, another part of her heartbreak is coming to terms with this fact that she has given so much up and has very little support system left.  I love her character and her journey.  She is not whiny when a lot of characters in her position are annoyingly so, and she is also smart and brave.  Her later interactions with another guy she comes to care about show that she is not a push over and will fight for things she thinks are worthy.


The book opens with a failed attempted rape by one of Kennedy’s fraternity brothers on Jacqueline.  This story line never becomes too graphic or difficult to read about but our main character does deal with the fall out from this in a believable manner during the course of the book.  She shows strength and growth in her journey in relation to this event.  I think that this storyline in particular would be great for college girls to read.

The rape attempt is interrupted by Lucas, a guy whom Jacqueline has never seen before but suddenly finds everywhere.  He is very sincere and concerned about her.  She finds herself drawn more and more to this very intense, slightly edgy, beautiful guy.  Complicating this is the fact that she is also feeling equally drawn to her economics tutor, Landon.   They develop a budding friendship, complete with subtle flirting and she finds herself torn between these two guys who seem completely different.  She can tell through their emails that Landon is smart, studious, and much more open and communicative than Lucas who is enigmatic and a bit of a slacker.  Let me say first that I am not a fan of love triangles but I was completely ok with this one.  I love the way it is handled and it really isn’t so much of a love triangle as Jacqueline trying to discover who she is now that she is not with Kennedy and who she wants in her life.   The guy she ends up with is now my favorite book crush ever, and I have had some good ones before.


I also want to mention the side characters that really stand out.  Jacqueline's best friend Erin is a lot of fun, very supportive and I grew to love her.  I find in many books that the “best friend” characters can be flat but she is a joy and very dimensional.  Jacqueline's economic’s professor and also her classmate Benji stand out as well.  These characters feel like people I have encountered and I enjoy their small but meaningful additions to the book.  There is even a cat that manages to have a lot of personality which has to be a hard task to manage in its very small amount of book presence.

One warning is that while this is YA the author has labeled it mature YA or New Adult.  The label is to let readers know that while the protagonist falls in the YA age range it covers themes that are a little more mature and the romance is a little more descriptive than in typical YA.  It isn’t overly graphic or anything but it doesn’t fade to black nearly as soon as a YA book containing younger protagonists.


I also want to encourage you to go the author's facebook page and check out the photo gallery of her characters once you are finished with the book.   She has posted a collection of photos of people that either she felt really captured the look of her character or were fan favorites.  Some line up really well with what I had in mind while reading, more so than the cover.






7 comments:

  1. really this book is so interesting and i am very happy to read it.

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    1. I would love to hear your thoughts when you do read it. Come back to post them if you can. I hope you love it as much as I did!

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  2. Well if there is a picture of Lucas then I am so there lol. I am extremely happy that I found Easy and totally fell in love from the very beginning. I applaud Tammara Webber for not fluffing up the scenes that needed to be graphic. I am sure this happens in real life more often than we think and this story needed to be told with intensity. I easily give this book 10 stars.

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    1. Yes Caitlin, there are some yummy Lucas pictures. Go check them out! I agree about the way Tammara Webber handled that topic, it was well done and it delicately held the balance between being gritty without being too disturbing to read about. I am glad you love the book as much as I do.

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    2. I got this for my kindle app when it came out because I couldn't wait to read it, but I definitely want Easy on my bookshelf.

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    3. I picked up the book at an author signing as I had to have the actual book too. The author was really nice but busy at the signing. Clearly her reputation as an author is getting out there.

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  3. Great point about Erin! She rocked my socks too!
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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