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Out of the Easy

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  18,232 ratings  ·  3,078 reviews
It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigatio
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Philomel Books
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Raeleen Lemay
This started out really strong, but around the halfway point it really started losing steam. Still enjoyable overall, but I got very bored near the end.

I was having a hard time articulating exactly why I didn't love this book, and I came across the review that described my feelings perfectly:
Emily May

If you'd asked me about historical fiction two years ago, I would have told you it wasn't my thing. It had long been a genre that just didn't appeal to me. But, after discovering goodreads and getting awesome recommendations as well as hearing about books I would otherwise never have known about, I've ran into a series of books that have proved I was wrong about this genre. From the bright lights and dazzling atmosphere of Libba Bray's 1920s supernatural murder mystery - The Diviners - to th
Stacia (the 2010 club)
How many college girls cleaned cathouses?

I was watching a show on t.v. today and heard the over-used phrase You can't have your cake and eat it too, to which I replied, "Why not?" When in the history of ever has someone had the dilemma of being given a piece of cake which they weren't allowed to eat (dietetic reasons don't count)? Why would you ever want to have a piece of cake if you couldn't eat it? I have to go with Marie Antoinette and her stance of letting people eat cake...or not, as i
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys lead me to conclude that there aren’t enough YA books set in a) the 1950’s and b) New Orleans. And yet, only a writer of Sepetys’ skill and confidence could have successfully written such a story. Out of the Easy is a murder mystery first, a coming of age story second, and about twenty other things in between. It is a story of great complexity, and yet paradoxically, it is also a very simple one.

With Out of the Easy, Sepetys’ confirmed that she’s not mere
"The only reason I'd lift my skirt is to pull out my pistol and plug you in the head."

1950, New Orleans. Josie, the daughter of a heartless and uncaring brothel prostitute dreams of escaping the Big Easy, and going to college. She wants nothing more than to start fresh, and leave behind the whispers that follow her every waking step...

Josie is one of the strongest YA heroines I've ever come across. She moved way from home into an apartment on top of a bookshop at the sheer age of 11, and now (at
I'm reading Out of the Easy exactly a year after reading Between Shades of Gray. Sadly, the experience was as far and distinct as the setting in the two books. I was disappointed to say the least. Out of the Easy missed nearly every mark and lacked all the heartbreaking finesse we found in her first novel. Not that there isn't an emotional hook -- the subject matter, while not as ambitious as Between Shades of Gray, is one that could lift the spirit, offer all the grandiose hope we look for in a ...more
This is the second book I have read by Ruta Sepetys and I must say she is quickly becoming a favorite author to me! This is a well researched, beautifully written 1950's historical. You really get the feel of being in New Orleans in 1950.

Josie (Jo) is a very well written character. She is strong, intelligent and very realistic. She is an extremely believable character with a good blend of strengths and flaws. She is a teenage girl who lives on her own, and wants desperately to get out of New Or
Out of the easy is rather a simple story if you dig under the layers of the plot. I don’t mean that in either a good or bad way. The story should have been slightly more complex for a historical fiction. I’m not particular sure if it intended to inform us about the life in New Orleans back in the 50’s, because nothing was added to my knowledge that I didn’t already expect of 50’s New Orleans. Out of the easy taught me the importance of social class and your background in 50’s New Orleans and...b ...more
Several of my friends for sometime had been encouraging me to pick up a book by Ruta Sepetys. I think with Between Shades of Gray I was terrified of being left in a complete mess, so I knew it would be safer to go with Out of the Easy first.

Ruta’s gorgeous writing is evident from just the first few pages; she pours her heart and soul into every single word. That you lulled in by its beautiful presence with such beautiful prose. I was expecting a beautiful story, and we did get this, but it’s als
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Wow.... I mean wow.... This book was so captivating! This book is all about this quote from the book,"Decisions, they shape our destiny." And this book tells you that in any given circumstance, whatever life deals you, in the end it's YOUR choice of how you want to shape who you are and make your life.

The author was able to bring to life with the descriptions and vivid details of the New Orleans during a rough time. Not only did she barely touch on the "Uptown" families, she thoroughly devoted
4.5 stars

This book reminded me of this song called "What would you do?" by Bastille and some parts of the lyrics might appear in my review.

“Sometimes we set off down a road thinkin' we're goin' one place and we end up another. But that's okay. The important thing is to start.”

This book was surprisingly good. I really didn't know what to expect when I started it. And it started off really well.

Let me tell you something: Josie's narration is very very addictive. It's simple yet felt exquisite
Ruta Sepetys has made a fan out of me – at last. Although Sepetys has received much world-wide acclaim for her first novel, Between Shades of Gray, I found that her debut was less fiction and more history, leaving an impact on the reader merely because of the facts it was based upon. Out of the Easy, however, is a fictional tale with historical elements that simply add to the flavor of the tale. I may have given my tears to Between Shades of Gray, but I gave my heart and soul to Out of the Easy ...more

-This wasn't nearly as good as Between Shades of Gray, it was still a pretty enjoyable read though but it wasn't all that memorable or moving in comparison.

-I had kind of a hard time connecting to the heroine, Josie, she was a little too perfect compared to all the other female characters in the book. It was like they were all wrong in some way or another whilst she was normal and decent. Also, for a lot of the book she was a little too cool, snobby and emotionless. I did start to relat
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5/5 Stars

Lately, I'm finding that with every work of historical fiction I read that I am growing to love this genre more and more. Why? Because it's a window to another world, not a world of fantasy or of the paranormal, but a world, that for one moment in time, existed in our own. And Out of the Easy does what all good historical fiction should do: it teaches the reader while entertaining them at the same time. Are you a fan of historical ficti
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Warning: Out of the Easy is a historical novel set in New Orleans. In this review I refer to sex workers as “prostitutes” and “whores” just as in the book.

Warning: there are some spoilers in this review.


Ruta Septety’s Out of the Easy is the author’s sophomore novel after the highly acclaimed Between Shades of Grey. It’s a historical novel, set in the 50s in New Orleans, featuring teenager Josie Moraine whose first person morose, contemplative
Nov 05, 2013 Summer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of character driven novels, people new to historical fiction
“What do you do with all this bank, Josie? Be a lot easier if you just lifted your skirt.”

“The only reason I'd lift my skirt is to pull out my pistol and plug you in the head.”

It's official. Ruta Sepetys is now one of my favorite authors. First, she crushed my heart with Between Shades of Gray, and now, I find myself enamored with Out of the Easy. Her writing is superb, and her characterization skills are envy-worthy.

Out of the Easy is about a girl who is a daughter of a prostitute. All of
I’ll admit it, I’ve been too emotionally frightened to pick up Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray, but when I saw the blurb for her sophomore novel, Out of the Easy, I knew I had to read it. Josie’s story plucked at my heartstrings in ways I didn’t expect. I found myself for the first time in many many reads to be incredibly stressed out over the choices a character might make. I was so involved in this story, and yet, I found myself avoiding picking it up when we would reach a crossroads bec ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
Out of the Easy, by the author of one of my favourite books, Between Shades of Gray , was easily one of my most anticipated novels of this year. But it couldn't be more different from Between Shades of Gray, which just goes to show that Ruta Sepetys is an author to watch. Out of the Easy starts with: 'My mother's a prostitute. Not the filthy, streetwalking kind. She's actually quite pretty, fairly well spoken, and has lovely clothes. But she sleeps with men for money or gifts, and according to ...more
"My mother's a prostitute. Not the filthy, streetwalking kind. She's actually quite pretty, fairly well spoken, and has lovely clothes. But she sleeps with men for money or gifts, and according to the dictionary, that makes her a prostitute."

Wow. Never thought I'd enjoy Out of the Easy as much as I did... ok I'm lying. I expected it to be awesome and awesome it was. Kudos, Sepetys for creating a fabulous historical world of fiction set in the 1950s in New Orleans with amazing characters.

It is v
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Time to add another author to the list of those I have a total crush on. Ruta Sepetys' debut Between Shades of Grey, which I really hope sold some extra copies due to the popularity of 50 Shades and the errors of shoppers, impressed me. Out of the Easy proves that she has the talent to branch out and write a story wholly removed from her first.

Yet again, Sepetys writes about a section of history oft-ignored in YA fiction, and, really, fiction in general. Set in New Orleans in 1950, Sepetys focus
Out of the Easy was such a pleasant surprise. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Even now, I am still thinking about this book and how amazing it is. Out of the Easy is about the life of Josie, the daughter of a brothel prostitute in New Orleans in the 1950s. However all Josie wants is to get out of New Orleans, go to college, and leave behind the life that she never wanted that includes an uncaring and rather heartless mother and the work prospects that seem to be pressuring her int ...more
This sounds awesome! New Orleans in the 1950s?! Ruta Sepetys?! Can't wait for this one to come out xD


I loved the unique story/setting and loved Josie as a protagonist, but it didn't entirely live up to my high expectations. The plot was predictable, and therefore, I never felt as though Josie was ever in any real danger. The elementary themes of the novel assured me that nothing outrageously horrible would happen to her. Some of the scenes just felt like filler to take up space, and the wr
Diane S.✨
The strength in Sepetys language is in her character development and that her characters are for the most part extremely likable. The French Quarter in the 1950,s and a story based on an actual madame, in fact the house she actually lived in is part of this book. Liked the atmosphere of this story and really like the fact that she has such strong young females in unusual circumstances as the main focus in both her books. This one is part mystery, part love story, part quest and the struggle in s ...more
Julia Graf
Read it in one sitting, could not put it down! Ruta Sepetys is quickly becoming my favorite author, as I loved her first novel as well.

This book was full of colorful characters that were so strong and unique, and the story was such a beautiful mix of happiness, disgust and sadness. The 1950s French Quarter set in New Orleans was a great place for this story. I didn't know what to expect from this book but I was pleasantly surprised.

Absolutely recommend this one to anyone looking for something a
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Out Of The Easy is a great book that takes you on a ride like never before. It is a story of how women used to provide for themselves and their family when they could not get a job. Prostitution back then was not a dirty thing because it was considered a service women gave men to help them ease their stress.

Out of the Easy is a story about a girl named Josie who is a daughter of a prostitute. She wants to make a difference in the world and she does not want to follow in the foot steps of her mot
Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.
First reaction: No, it can't be done yet. I don't want to leave this world. I laughed, I cried and I screamed but it was all worth it in the end. I would love to see a companion/sequel to Jo's story.

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Simply Amazing...It's the start of 2013 and I can't imagine any other book topping my list for the year. Out of the Easy is the perfect combination of entertaining characters and intriguing story, woven together to create an unputdownable - unforgettable book. I laughed. I cried. I screame
You got a bigger story than that.

3.5 stars. I did not know this was a YA book, but I really enjoyed it. I especially loved the setting - The French quarter, New Orleans in the 1950's as well as the characters. Although quite stereotypical I could not help falling in love with quite a few of them, especially Cokie. YA is normally not one of my favorite genre but I recommend this as well as her previous book, Between Shades of Grayto anyone. Can't wait to see what the author does next.

The Story: J
Franco  Santos
Buen libro; ameno, rápido y con una muy atrayente prosa. Trata sobre los sueños, los libros, las mentiras y de una chica que trata de escapar del peso de su historia familiar. Es una novela realista, en la que no todo termina de la manera más feliz. Nos enseña que a veces la felicidad llega, sin embargo, no de la forma que esperábamos. Que con persistencia y no bajando los brazos podés llegar a cumplir tus sueños, aunque tengas el viento en contra. Hay algunas cosas que no me gustaron, pero creo ...more
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Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. As an author of historical fiction, Ruta is drawn to stories of strength through struggle. Her award-winning debut novel, "Between Shades of Gray" was inspired by her family's history in Lithuania and is published in 45 countries. Her second novel, "Out of the Easy" is set in the French Quarter of New O ...more
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