Easy by Tammara Webber

SynopsisHe watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior...

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he'd worked so hard to overcome, and the future she'd put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth - and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

Review: New Adult is a fun genre when you want something a little mindless to read. Easy was a fun read, but it was also impactful. The story starts with a bang as Jacqueline becomes the victim of an attempted rape. She is saved by Lucas who happens to be in one of her classes. I have to say, Lucas and Jacqueline were pretty generic. I did appreciate how Jacqueline kept correcting people when they would use her old nickname. That's something I have had to deal with too, and it's hard to keep your past behind you when people keep bringing up little parts of it. I thought the romance between the two was cute, but predictable. I really enjoyed Lucas though. His ability to pay attention to detail was a kindness I have experienced from a good friend of mine. That warmed my soul a little.

Where this book really stands out is the story. First off, for a NA book, there isn't a huge focus on sex. Jacqueline's almost rape and how she manages afterwards is a big factor but, even with side characters who are actively having sex, it isn't something we have to deal with on the page. Sometimes I think the NA genre is too focused on making their characters having sex and there isn't much more to the story. I was grateful this book did something a little different. I'm glad the book didn't just focus on Jacqueline's story, and other girls and their experiences became a big part too. As a whole, it does a good job of approaching rape culture on a college campus which I appreciated. I will say that my biggest gripe is definitely a personal one. I can't imagine what kind of school these kids go to. Maybe it's because I've been working at a university for 6 years now, but I can't imagine Lucas rolling up to a dorm on a motorcycle. We have too many people and not enough space for that kind of nonsense.

Fast, enjoyable read with a great story.

5 howls