Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Book Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

Description (from Goodreads):

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. 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, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.

Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.

Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

My thoughts:

I have recently been looking for novels set in college/university, and this one truly hit the spot! Jacqueline is talented bass player, but when she has applied to college, she has forgotten her own dreams about music conservatory and decided to follow her high school sweetheart Kennedy. She expected them to be together forever, but when Kennedy suddenly breaks up with her, everything changes. She is not part of the Greek system, so all of Kennedy's Greek friends suddenly ignore her. There is only her friend Erin, and two new acquaintances Lucas (a guy from her econ class who helped her out from a big problem) and Landon (her econ tutor she feels weirdly attracted to even though they have only sent emails to each other). 

Despite the break up and the fact that she feels like she does not fit in, there is one more problem Jacqueline has to think about - Buck, Kennedy's frat-brother has started to harass her and it seems that she cannot get away from his prying eyes. The situation gets worse and worse and eventually Jacqueline needs to take action. 

Lucas, the guy from the econ class, is something totally different Kennedy is. Jacqueline feels a pull towards him, and he becomes much more than such a potential post-breakup hook-up. When the surprisingly close connection between Lucas and Landon is discovered by Jacqueline, she needs to think everything again. Is she ready to trust someone new? And is he ready to trust her?

I LOVED Easy. It was exciting, romantic, heartbreaking and full of hope. Jacqueline is a realistic character you can identify with; you understand why she followed Kennedy to college, you understand her interest in Lucas and Landon. I think it is amazing when you can feel with the character you are reading about. Lucas is a total hunk, and you start to wish you would receive emails from a guy like Landon. I almost started to think about flunking a class just to get a tutor - but with my luck the tutor would be nothing like Landon.

I loved the fact that this novel keeps you guessing 'til the last page - something new is added to the stories of the characters all the time and you figure out new things as you go on. The story flows smoothly and there are no unnecessary additions to it - it stays on the point. I also liked how all the characters, in the end, are intertwined together with some type of connection; the connection stays natural and believable which makes it realistic.

I suggest Easy to EVERYONE! It might not be for the youngest readers, but I would stay that if you are the age of 16 or over, you will be good to go; it has sexual content, but don't you get that from everywhere these days?! 

Do you know any other novels with a college/university setting? 

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