Friday, July 6, 2012

Easy by Tammara Webber

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.
First Impressions:
This was at the top of my recommended reading lists on Goodreads for some time. After finally getting around to looking at it, the blurb looked interesting enough, but I honestly was thinking it would be just another college romance novel.

The Pros:
Holy cow was this book intense. I love how the author focused on empowering Jacqueline's character, and not knocking her down. Self defense classes are ALWAYS a good idea for a girl.

The whole stalker story line is terrifying. Like they tell you in college, rape almost always happens with someone you know.

Lucas = bad boy hottie. Kind of like Kellan in Thoughtless, minus the rock and roll.

Jacqueline's best friend stood by her through everything, like a best friend should. She also provided nice comic relief to the book.

I liked the use of text messages and emails in the book. It wasn't overdone, and it added to the story line, not detracted.

The Cons:
This book really scared me thinking back on my college days. Not that this is totally a con, but it made me set down the book for a little while.

The secrets in the book took a bit too long to unravel. It had me confused at some points. I thought I had figured it out, but then I didn't.

The Wrap Up: 4.5/5
Easy is a really good college romance novel with some real life lessons thrown in. The main characters are relatable and the author really hit home that rape is something that needs to be taken very seriously, even when it's attempted rape. It is a huge problem on college campuses that many people are letting slide. Take a self defense class, ladies!

Favorite Quote:
"'You are full of contradictions Ms. Wallace'. I looked up at him and arched a brow. 'I'm a girl. That's part of the job description, Mr. Maxfield.'"

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