“I really like this book. Very light and easy reading. I loved the characters in this book and the story was pretty good. Good YA romance!”Christine Vetere wrote this review Friday, December 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review to come... ”Nikki H (Take Me Away...) wrote this review Monday, December 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 out of 5 rating
I really really liked this book. Because of its sensitive topic, I'm not sure if it's right to say that I enjoyed it. But boy did I just get completely into it. I'm not sure if its because its considred a "new adult" novel (I think that's what they're calling the stories that take place in college) so that it wasn't as juvenile as some of the YA books can be or if it's just that the writing was so great. But yeah, it had me hooked.
Rape and attempted rape is such a serious topic. I think this book handled it really well. I think the author captured what I must imagine the victim must feel like and go through. And I loved the idea of the self-defense class. Such a great thing for college girls to do.
Jaqueline was a great character. I could completely sympathize with her following a boyfriend and then getting dumped and feeling lost. She just seemed completely real. And then there was her roommate, Erin, who was a sorority girl. She could so easily have been they stereotypical air-headed sorority girl, but thankfully the author decided not to portray her this way. I loved how she was bubbly but smart and had a strong backbone and morals. And Lucas. Yum! Bad boy with a fierce protective streak. His story broke my heart. I can't even imagine having to go through what he went through. But he and Jacqueline's chemistry was hot!
I cannot reccommend this book enough! This book had it all for me: an important topic, great characters, and a hot romance!
“There was much more to this story than I originally thought. I was captured by it from the very beginning. Webber deals with some heavy subject matter and does it well. She even lists resources for victims of sexual assault at the conclusion. Jacqueline and Lucas meet in college and are drawn to each other as they both try to deal with traumatic events. The reader learns of Jacqueline's event right from the start, but what happened in Lucas' past is only slowly revealed as they get to know each other. It becomes a beautiful story of courage and strength and falling in love. Both the characters and the events that shape their growing relationship will keep you turning pages into the night. Lucas and Jacqueline are so real and Webber has written them with emotion that spills onto the reader. I could not put it down!
Note: the content suggests that this book is intended for mature teens to adults. ”
“This is a great read for young women to help prepare them for the dangers of attacks while by themselves in different situations, in this case on a college campus. I will definitely recommend this book to older girls in our school.”Mrs. French wrote this review Thursday, November 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book! Emotional and gut wrenching :)”Rachel K wrote this review Saturday, November 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tammara Webber's nover "Easy" was an suspenseful, realistic, and emotional read. It truly should be mandatory reading for every young woman before they go off to college because sexual assault is an uncomfortable, yet essential, topic that must be discussed before girls leave home. Jaqueline's growth from vulnerable ex-girlfriend to empowered fighter is captivating. Lucas is and tender all at once. The decisions made by these characters are believable. Ms. Webber broke my heart during Jaqueline's conversation with her mother concerning the event. I am a mom of a college bound daughter, and I was the mother as I read that scene. I'm still wiping the tears from my eyes.”s. nelson wrote this review Saturday, November 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Check out my full review here: http://rainydayreadsreviews.blogspot.com/2012/10/review-easy.html”Christine (Rainy Day Reads) wrote this review Monday, October 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Full review on Reader's Dialogue: http://readersdialogue.blogspot.com/2012/10/easy.html
My thoughts on this book: Oh. My. God.
Okay, aside from that, a more logical assessment. Tammara Webber certainly knows how to write - she hits just the right note in every scene, with every emotion. EASY deals with rape and assault, and there's the painful, serious quality to those parts of the book, but it's also a romance, and boy, are those parts romantic!
I love how Lucas is a real person. I felt like I really got to know him, like I would know what to say to him in conversation if I met him. That's something that's always really important to me in a romance, that the love interest not just be a handsome lover but have personality and depth as well. And Lucas really does. Not just from his many jobs, from Starbucks server to maintenance man, but I got to see his humor, his intelligence, his moodiness, his loyalty, his chivalry (not overdone), his sensitivity... A fully-rounded character.
At the same time, Jacqueline is also a great character. She starts out unsure of herself, but she's never wimpy, and she gains strength as the book progresses. Yes, there is the more obvious aspect of her learning to cope with the effects from her attack, but there's also the subtle changes she undergoes via her relationship with Lucas - and Landon, the tutor, too. Tammara shows Jacqueline's transformation in her correspondence - emails, texts, and conversations - as she breaks free of her ex Kennedy's influence and begins to take more control of her own life.
The subtle changes are what drive the plot, and I love the way everything flows and fits together so well. I have to say I guessed the twist way before the big reveal, but it only made it more fun to watch Jacqueline so unaware and to wonder with each scene if this is the one where she'd find out! But every event follows smoothly from one to the next, and nothing ever seems forced - especially the romantic scenes. They always make sense, and they always match exactly what's going on in Jacqueline and Lucas' relationship.
And those scenes - hot! Like sizzling hot.
As if that's not enough, there's more: the whole story is really supported by the secondary characters, especially Erin, Jacqueline's roommate. She's so different than Jacqueline, and it's really important to the story. The other characters who play more minor roles are just as real and believable - and let me just say I almost cheered out loud when I-won't-say-who shocked everyone at the meeting towards the end of the book! Way to empower women!
Which is what this book ultimately does, by the way. It's definitely a romance - see the hot comment above - but it's also a women's power novel. And it's pretty amazing that Tammara manages to do both believably and really really well.”
“Okay, let’s get right down to business: Easy is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I finished it almost two weeks ago and I still think about the characters because I was on such an emotional roller coaster, fully immersed, while reading. It says something about a book that can do that do you.
Easy surprised me right from the start with a very troubling scene of Jacqueline being attacked, making my heart jump into my stomach. And I’ll admit to being worried about how Webber would handle such a delicate topic. But I think she did it very well and touched on many of the myths that are attached to rape. But Easy showed not only how a victim feels after an attack, but how a family copes and how a community reacts. And if there is anything I’ve taken away from the story it’s that I need to enroll in a women’s self-defense class in the near future.
This book was filled with so many moments that just made me sigh inwardly or cheer on. The playful banter between Jacqueline and Lucas during their email exchanges was incredibly sweet. The scene where the sorority leader gave that speech on rape had me in tears. And the entire ending was just sheer perfection! But I will give a warning to some: There are a few disturbing scenes and if this is a trigger for you, it may be best to skip.
It’s been a while since I’ve added a book to my all-time-favorites shelf. This book was so powerful, so amazing, so emotional. So basically, what I’m trying to say: The highest of recommendations.”