03 February 2014

{Book Review} Easy by Tammara Webber

By: Me My Shelf And I | 03 February 2014 at 12:23 AM | | | | | | | | | | |

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Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Release Date: November 6th 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: New Adult
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Birds

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.
A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

About 50 pages into EASY I had to stop. I had a question that needed to be answered before I could move forward. Now those of you that have read my reviews before know that I hate spoilers, so much so that sometimes I don’t even read the full synopsis. So when I tell you that I needed to know the answer to a key plot point in EASY before I could turn another digital page on my Kobo Aura, I realize some of your jaws might drop in utter shock.

I reached out to my fantastic book club, which consists of a group of close girl friends and asked one simple question. Does the rape get dealt with in the book. I know, this seems like it might be silly – but for those of you who haven’t read it, it opens with the almost rape of Jacqueline and her being rescued by Lucas.  From there, for a number of pages it seemed like this almost-rape was going to be pushed aside, used only to drum up suspense and create a way for the two to meet and maybe some emotional issues later in the book, as it’s not really mentioned. And if I’m being honest, I was angry that the author might actually be using rape as a throw-away plot point.

My girlfriends implored me to keep reading. They did not answer my question, but made sure that I was aware this was one the best books written on this topic and that I would not be disappointed. This was all I needed. The topic of rape is close to my heart for a number of reasons, and I (like I would think many are) am very sensitive when it’s not “handled” correctly.

I’m so glad I reached out to my friends instead of sending EASY into the murky abyss of the Did Not Finish pile, never to be spoken of again.  EASY is hands down one the most remarkable novels I have ever read. Webber doesn’t hold back an ounce in EASY. It’s all there, from the very first page. The ugly truths about everything.  And where she could have made this just another contemporary New Adult novel about the hot shy guy and the newly single girl, she tossed in taboo topic, normally discussed in whispers and with glares of doubt and made it okay to talk about.

On top of simply bringing the topic out into the open in such a different way, Tammara takes Jacqueline and her roommate to self defense class. While you read the hilarious parts of learning “The Lawnmower” and other defense moves, you realize when you are done that you have memorized them.  What book can entertain you, curl your toes with shallow breath educing romance. Make you laugh until your side hurts AND teach you to defend yourself against an attacker in a way that not only do you not realize it’s doing it, but that it’s so clear and concise you can actually do the moves! (I might have tried them on my husband when I realized this…he’s okay. Now…mostly.)

I don’t want to focus on just that one plot point, because as I’ve mentioned this book is so many things all rolled into one. So let me also tell you all the things about Lucas. Hot day-um. Lucas. He’s currently battling Travis Maddox for the number one position of  my Book Boyfriend right now. And, let’s be honest that’s going to be a pretty damn fair fight…this boy is a mess of black hair, tragic back story and beat up shit kicker boots. He’s got emotional scars and secrets, and an undying desire to protect.  He’s everything we dream of and even the things we didn’t know we needed, or wanted.

You’re going to love every page of this book. From the beautifully created characters and friendships, to it’s incredibly real setting. You will cringe, cry and laugh with Jacqueline and Lucas both. Their combined story, but also their individual stories, might even change the way you look at things. There’s something to be said about the honesty and wide-eyed outlook on every tiny thing in life, a person who has suffered can give you. And suffer have they both, in their own ways. One of them you wouldn't see coming with an announcement, detailed map and tour guide.

Please go pick up EASY and read it.  Just trust me on this one thing when I tell you, you will love it. Because if I don’t simply end now by saying that , I’m going to go on and on about this book for the next 4 hours. Now pass me every other thing Tammara Webber has written (seriously I don’t care if it’s just a shopping list…) and leave me alone…

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! I adored this book. I have been talking about it for months to anyone who will listen. My friends are so sick of me that they could scream. I think a few have. I didn't think I was going to love this book as much as I did.

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