I just finished reading Easy by Tamarra Webber.
A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. 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, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
I really really liked this book. Because of its sensitive topic, I'm not sure if it's right to say that I enjoyed it. But boy did I just get completely into it. I'm not sure if its because its considred a "new adult" novel (I think that's what they're calling the stories that take place in college) so that it wasn't as juvenile as some of the YA books can be or if it's just that the writing was so great. But yeah, it had me hooked.
Rape and attempted rape is such a serious topic. I think this book handled it really well. I think the author captured what I must imagine the victim must feel like and go through. And I loved the idea of the self-defense class. Such a great thing for college girls to do.
Jaqueline was a great character. I could completely sympathize with her following a boyfriend and then getting dumped and feeling lost. She just seemed completely real. And then there was her roommate, Erin, who was a sorority girl. She could so easily have been they stereotypical air-headed sorority girl, but thankfully the author decided not to portray her this way. I loved how she was bubbly but smart and had a strong backbone and morals. And Lucas. Yum! Bad boy with a fierce protective streak. His story broke my heart. I can't even imagine having to go through what he went through. But he and Jacqueline's chemistry was hot!
I cannot reccommend this book enough! This book had it all for me: an important topic, great characters, and a hot romance!
I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 85
Completely Contemp Challenge 2012: 2012-16
*FTC Disclosure: This book was given to me for
free by the publsiher for an honest review.
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