Easy by Tammara Webber
Kindle Edition, 316 Pages
Self-Published by Tammara Webber
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.
It is well known by this point that I love reading young adult novels where all up until now have had some sort of supernatural or dystopian element integrated into the overall plot.
Easy by Tammara Webber was a much needed break from previously YA mentioned interests. And to be honest I could not have found a better novel.
Jacqueline is the heroine of this story. After initially needing to be rescued at the very start of this novel, Jacqueline grows into a very capable and independent young woman. She is the kind of girl many girls can relate to. Her studies are important, but so is finding someone to share her future with.
Lucas, the male interest, is a good, strong character all on his own. Mid-way through the book we learn some things about this character that are dealt with very maturely. There is no excess of drama on either main character’s part, everything plays out naturally and very well put-together.
Easy tackles adult themes in a fashion that easily appeals to an older teen demographic, but mid teen years can also enjoy the story. I would not say the material is appropriate for young and/or preteens, so keep that in mind when reading.
WHY I loved this book so much… A lot of my love for this book comes from the maturity of the characters in this story. Both Jacqueline and Lucas are mature, but still retain their young adult idiosyncrasies. Both characters have baggage and not only are they not portrayed as perfect cardboard cut-outs, but Webber shows the reader their flaws and celebrates them. I also loved this author’s writing style. Tammara Webber writes in such a natural manner that the reader feels as though she were a good friend telling a beautiful story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend it.