Book Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

By Haywood County Library | Jun 06, 2013

Reviewed by Librarian Donna Surles

In 1950 in the French Quarter of New Orleans, 17-year-old Josie Moraine is aspiring to rise above her roots and go to college.

Raised by a brothel prostitute, Josie moves out at age 12 to a room above the bookstore where she works. However, she continues to clean the brothel. One day at the bookstore, a man comes in to buy books and engages her in conversation. She is fascinated by him. Because she never knew who her father was, she constantly thinks about who might be her dad. A day later, this man is found murdered. This throws Josie into an investigation that involves her mother and a local crime lord. Josie finds herself drawn into mysteries and hidden secrets. Along the way, two young men vie for her attention, but her overwhelming desire is to attend an East Coast college and get a scholarship.

Josie is a very interesting character. Will she achieve her goal, or will her life circumstances work against her? A very compelling read.