Out of the Easy
In 1950s New Orleans, Josie Moraine dreams of escaping the Big Easy and attending Smith College in Massachusetts. Unfortunately for her, this is an especially difficult task. Josie is the daughter of a French Quarter prostitute with a penchant for trouble. Josie's mother, Louise, fancies herself to be a gangster's moll and frequently gets Josie entangled in her mistakes.
Despite the seriousness of the events taking place, Out of the Easy is never over-the-top nor does it contain any graphic descriptions of things occurring in the story. What Ruta Sepetys does extremely well is create very realistic (and colorful!) characters that you genuinely care about. From the very first paragraph, you are transported to New Orleans, immersed in Josie's world and you will not want to leave.
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