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{May 27, 2012}   {Review} Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy 2From 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)


I love that this YA novel deals with college-aged characters.  Most YA literature looks at teens in the high school setting, but Webber sets her novel apart through the college campus and college situations that the characters face.  It’s a nice change of pace that helped me connect more with the characters, especially as they are closer to my age than many YA leads, and I was able to identify with them even more.  I also love that Webber’s characters behave like college students; they are extremely real and the dialogue is pristine, making me feel like I was right there alongside the characters, facing the same situations.  I just adored this novel!

Lucas is a dreamy character of whom I can’t get enough.  I tried to read the book in one sitting, and would have had I not had to go to my evening job, but even though I was away from the book, the characters permeated my mind the entire evening.  I found myself day dreaming about Lucas, wondering what would happen next, how he and Jacqueline would pan out, and whether or not Buck and Kennedy would make another appearance… these characters are so real and enticing that they literally became a part of my life.  I was, and am still, enamored by them and though the novel ends on a great note and doesn’t need a sequel, I’d love one because these characters are so real and I’m dying to know what happens to them as they continue to grow up, graduate, and join the workforce.

Now, you may have noticed that Webber states that her novel is for mature YA as there is some language usage, drinking, and sexual situations.  This is not a book for your 14 year old, but it is a great novel for those who are older and more mature.  Yes, there are some sexual situations with more detail than I like in my novels, but Webber does an amazing job working them into the storyline of the plot—it moves the plot along and isn’t just there to add spice to the story, like we see in so many novels nowadays.

Webber is one of those authors that I adore; her novels have always been immaculate, perfectly written gems that I can’t get enough of, and Easy is another masterpiece.  I was pulled into the story the moment I began reading, my heart in my throat as the suspense and peril Jacqueline faces from the get go are explained in detail.  This novel deals with heavy topics, such as rape, loss, and even murder, but Webber relates them in such a way that it’s not as hard to stomach as it may sound.  It actually deals more with gaining self-worth and focusing on the positive than on the negative, and I really believe that all mature young adults should read this book, especially as young women tend to have such a warped belief concerning what rape really is, and how to go about handling it.  Now, I hate to give away any spoilers, but I think this is one thing that some readers might need to know… I cannot stomach novels that deal with rape, so potential readers, if you’re like me, rest assured that Jacqueline is not raped.  There are attempts, yes, but if you’re scared to pick up this novel based on the potential that the main character is taken advantage of, you can breathe easy, as that doesn’t happen.  Overall, this is just a phenomenal piece that I highly recommend.  Five stars.

5 stars

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.



[…] series, by Tammara Webber, focuses on that of heartthrob Lucas, the young man who stole my heart in Easy, and who continues to draw my love in Breakable.  If you’ve read Easy, then you already have […]

I keep seeing this book and have been so interested in reading what it’s about. This review was great and it definitely is a book I would love to read!!

cmucha319 says:

I have seen this book around a lot, but somehow it has never made it to my Kindle. Now that I have read your review (honestly, the only one I have ever read for this book) I really liked it and I think it will end up there more sooner than later.

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I’m glad you’re planning on moving this up the list! Breakable, the companion novel to Easy, comes out May 6, and you won’t want to miss it!

Lilian Quiros says:

Great review! Sounds great.

from reading your review, this book sounds so good
i am so interested in reading it!

I think you will love it! Breakable is releasing in May and I’m dying to get my hands on it! <3

Great review.
It was hard for me to put it down to do anything else as well.
Great story and writing !!

Holly says:

I remember reading a sample of this and enjoying it. I don’t know why I haven’t continued it. But after reading your review, I definitely need to finish it.

It’s one of my favorites!!! :D

I’ve heard amazing things about this book and it’s great that you were so invested in the characters, it makes me more excited to read this book. I like that the story is about college characters as well, it’s refreshing and I don’t mind a little more details in romance either. ;) Great review! :)

Kar A. says:

I loved your review, it’s like you read my mind. If I’d review this novel that’s pretty much exactly what I would write. I loved that the setting is in collage and not in high school like most of YA novels, cause although I love first loves and the themes of YA books, I often feel like I’m a little grown up for all that. But this is right for me. I’m in collage too, so I can actually relate a lot with the character.
Besides, I totally get what you said about daydreaming with Lucas and Jacqueline ’cause I did too. More than that, I actually dreamed about them. This novel is one of the very few I read in one sitting and almost the entire time with a silly smile on my face. “Easy” is definitely a MUST READ, and I absolutely loved your review.

Kulsuma says:

This sounds like such an intense book! I have heard only good things about Easy. I am loving New Adult books!

MonaG says:

Thanks for your review :) I also like that this book is set on a college campus. The characters are more mature(in most cases,anyway), and the problems/situations/emotions more grown-up. I enjoy suspense in novels.

I am torn when it comes to series. If it’s a compelling read with a good plot and well-developed characters, I’m happy that the story will continue. But it becomes difficult when I don’t have the next book and/or it hasn’t been released. That’s when I prefer the stand-alones.

I know what you mean about having to put a good book down to attend to, well, life. It’s happened to me too. Every chance I get, even if it’s for a couple minutes, I’ll pick up the book. If I’m not reading it, I’m thinking about it and can’t wait to get back to it, uninterrupted.

I like that it is a college atmosphere. I remember girls and boys that followed each other to a certain school, certain each was “the one” and the relationship going on the way side. I saw kids drop out, fail out, and some excel when this happened. Sounds like a good read.

Becky says:

Sounds EXTREMELY good!! Got to go buy this now =D Thank so much for the review and thanks so much for tweeting me when it went up!!

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