Author: Tammara Webber
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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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’m going into this review a bit wary actually. I mean, a lot of people loved this book. The amazing reviews are what attracted it to me and helped me to decide to give it a chance. Maybe my expectations were too high? Maybe some of my own life experiences hindered my full enjoyment of the read… I’m not sure. Either way, I just didn’t love it as much as so many of my other blogger friends did, and in the end, this made me really sad. It’s rare for me to feel bad about not liking a book as much as I think I should’ve, and it happened to me in Easy.
Let me get to the plus points first of Easy and what I really enjoyed.
Lucas is definitely crush-worthy. I can see his appeal with the readers and why he’s among the favorite male characters. He’s protective and smart and creative.
Jacqueline is a great character that handles her situation pretty well. I like how she takes self defense. I really love the messages throughout the book. The rape wasn’t just a plot device for the romance between her and Lucas later in the story. It was really part of the story and to give off a strong message. This is definitely good. I also found her professor particularly enjoyable, despite his few appearances. His concern and care touched my heart.
It’s engaging and completely un-put-down-able.
So what were my problems?
Sometimes I didn’t really feel it. The so-called twists were not only really predictable, but felt forced and cliché to run along with the story. Of course, I can’t go into detail because I don’t want to give away spoilers. Lucas and Jacqueline’s romance came off rushed at times. Her attitude toward what happened to her felt a bit careless and reckless. It really aggravated me at times.
While I had my nitpicks and I was a bit disappointed, it was certainly engaging. I see where all the hype and love is coming from for Easy. And I will definitely still keep an eye out for more work from Webber in the future.
Oh and on a final note: I really adore the cover of this one, too.