Out of Easy by Ruta Sepetys

It is the 1950’s and Josie dreams of a better life, one with books and an education and one that will take her away from the Big Easy (New Orleans). However, that’s easier said than done; how can a girl like Josie hope to be accepted into a college like Smiths when her mother is an unreliable prostitute and she has no money of her own?

The book is full of interesting characters and the depiction of New Orleans in the 1950’s is beautifully done. The unusual storyline and setting make this a fascinating read. The story is full of twists and turns as Josie tries to find a way to leave her life and start again. The pace of the book is quick and, although the story line has many layers: love, betrayal, trust, crime and respect, it is not a difficult story to follow. An excellent and enjoyable read.

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