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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Easy. At the ripe young age of fourteen Jessica has discovered that getting the attention she wants is just that—easy. It’s not the attention of a divorced mother who spends all of her time grieving over a broken marriage. Nor is it that of a father with a new girlfriend who’s moving on with his life. It’s certainly not the attention of a clueless older sister or a best fr ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published May 23rd 2006)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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If there was ever a book that captures the extreme discomfort of coming into your own self, then EASY is that book. Fourteen-year-old Jessica lives a life in turmoil. Whether all of the turmoil is real or imagined doesn't matter. What's important is that for this girl who once knew exactly who she was and what place she held in the world, she no longer knows anything at all.

It was simple once. There was her mom, and dad, and older sister, Anne. There was schoo
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Super quick read (under 200 pages). Disturbed me, but only in the sense that I was so familiar with the material. Being a young girl can really suck, with pressure from boys, judgement from friends/peers and stress from your parents. Being sexual is a way to get attention that you may not know how to get otherwise. The end kind of tied up a little too neatly for me, but with such a serious subject matter, it was probably a bit necessary.
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever tried to impress somebody, but got the complete opposite impression?
Or tried to fit in, but went way passed your limits?

In the book, "Easy" by Kerry Cohen, Jessica, a fourteen year old girl, struggled at home trying to get her mother's and sister's attention. Her mother had been depressed about her divorce because of an affair. Her older sister Anne was always stuck trying to cheer her mother up or doing school work. Jessica just wanted to have some kind of attention. Trying to loo
Tranna Foley
Fourteen-year-old Jessica has realized it is easy to get the attention of boys and men, but she soon finds herself in over her head and longs for someone to help her. - From library catalog

This is a quick read (only 123 pages) and does explore how some girls (and guys) end up doing things that they know they shouldn't or that give them a reputation they would rather not have. That said, I wasn't too impressed with the book overall.

Review from Booklist:
After her parents' divorce, Jessica's fathe
Petty Lisbon
When I first added this to my list, I mostly read young adult and I was enticed by the summary. It sounded like the film Thirteen. As time went on, I put off reading it because I thought the length would mean it would be amateur but I was wrong. Kerry Cohen writes about teens growing up too quickly in a concise but in depth way. The book has a variety of teens who are just trying to find their place in life. And I think the divorce plot was actually pretty well done, too.
Scarlet Murdock
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved! I thought this book was awesome! The character is trying to find her way and faces a few obstacles - one big one - and eventually gets her life together. Can't say too much without giving away the story but it's a must read!
Christina Azalea
Good story

I understand the dialogue of what was going on in the story. Kerry have written the best story that has been ever published
Judyth (Geeky Reading)
[Also available on my blog.]

I didn’t have too high expectations for this book, but I did think it would be better than it was.

I didn’t like Jessica very much, and while I kind of understood where she was coming from, that she wanted attention, I didn’t like it. I kind of feel like she could have gotten attention from the people already around her, had she tried to get closer to them, but instead she went somewhere else. Instead, she decided to go after guys, and generally guys that were
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
After her parent's divorce, Jessica is dying for attention... she quickly finds that one of the easiest ways to get attention happens to be from boys. Jessica's mother has turned inward, her father is now living with the woman that helped break their marriage apart, her sister has become their mother's shoulder to cry on, and Jessica... well she is left to her own devices. While at first her 'flirtation' in her need for attention is innocent, Jessica finds herself becoming more adventurous. But ...more
Jessica | Booked J
This is a rewrite of a review I had posted via my old book blog in 2007/2008.

Kerry Cohen Hoffman brushes a very touchy topic in 'Easy': sex, teenagers and the emotional impact it sometimes has on one. It captures an honest and broken atmosphere and you very much so feel all that our story tells.

Easy follows Jessica, a fourteen year old girl who feels her world is falling apart after her parents have divorced. Her mother, who falls apart after the divorce, hardly pays her attention. She feels alo
Patricia Mckelvy
After her parent’s divorce, Jessica is dying for attention… she quickly finds that one of the easiest ways to get attention happens to be from boys. Jessica’s mother has turned inward, her father is now living with the woman that helped break their marriage apart, her sister has become their mother’s shoulder to cry on, and Jessica… well she is left to her own devices. While at first her ‘flirtation’ in her need for attention is innocent, Jessica finds herself becoming more adventurous. But Kerr ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen girls
Shelves: feminism, ya, fiction
Jessica is a high school freshman and budding photographer with a problem. Well, several, actually. The big contest deadline is looming, and this year's theme is "self portrait", but how can she come up with a decent entry when she hardly knows who she is anymore? Cast adrift between her newly-divorced parents -- a mother who spends all her time feeling sorry for herself, and a father busy picking up the pieces and trying to re-build a life for himself -- she's stuck navigating the murky and con ...more
Lindsey Roberts
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good! I read this book cover to cover in a matter of a day and a half! It is definitely a page turner. However, I found that it was a bit graphic for me, personally and I also found myself despising the narrator for a good part of the book but she eventually started to grow on me. Besides that, this book was amazing I highly recommend for incoming high schoolers.
I read this at work last night. It was a fast, easy read. For me, it was only so-so, but I'm not the target audience. This is another book that I found on the shelves in our library at work, intended to be read by the troubled teens that we treat. For them, I think this is excellent.

The main character Jessica keeps making frustrating decisions in regards to her body and sexuality and it was difficult for me to relate. But so many girls DO make poor decisions regarding sex because they just want
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy - Kerry Cohen Hoffmann


Fourteen year old Jessica discovered that getting all the attention she wanted was easy and everything she wanted or needed.

Some might think that getting all the attention is all you need but no its not. In the book all jessica wanted was attention and for someone to love her, so she decides to do anithing to get what she wants. This book takes place in school her house and at parties. The characters in the book are all very different from each other. Theres swe
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students who need to compare to books
Recommended to Quintina by: My Awesome teacher Nicole <3
In the book Easy by Kerry Cohen they describe the main character Jessica as seeking for love and attention in the wrong places. During the story Jessica is dealing with problems at home because of her parents divorce. She tends to take it harder then her father is and takes that for granted to seek for attention that isn't needed. Jessica also is tired of her mother crying over the breakup so she takes it out on her by ignoring her daily. She also has a little sister who they don't really get al ...more
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book Easy by Kerry cohen hoffmann,fiction. Is about a 14 years old girl that wants attention from guys. Jessica pretends to be who she's not and likes to call attention from older guy.Her mom and dad seperated, and ever since that jessica changed her personality. The book main idea is that because she feels unloved and unwanted she does things that are not good, and are not for a 14 years old girl.
This book is memorable because its about a little girl that goes throught a lot of things, an
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sergio Altamirano
It’s a story about a teenager girl names Jessica who is struggling at home. She distracts herself from her problems by fantasying about men and finding love in all the wrong places. I feel a lot of women this age are constantly looking for validation by dating or being sexual with others in order to fill in the void that they have in their life. The book is very narrow in terms of its creativity. It seems to be very limited when it comes to how she copes with her issues, however she eventually r ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
i think that this book is shows about real life experiences also it is not too long. i would describe this book being very explicit. It is interesting because it shows many predicaments that teenage girls go through when finding themselves and doing what makes them happy , even if it is just a distraction from reality. This book connects to larger issues within societies because it exposes people to why certain individuals do and react towards others. The novel Easy affected by not judging peopl ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had potential. It could have been way longer and written better. This topic is such a great topic to pick because of how easy it is to relate to what the main character is going through, as many of us have been in the same situation. Kerry Cohen could have made this into an award winning novel, something worthy of a Newberry Honor, but she decided to rush through it and make the character stupid. I seriously could not stand Jessica after the first 50 pages. She was dumb and promiscuous ...more
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting perspective of a teenager looking to find herself who gets lost in between love and usable lust. She mistakes the feelings of boys who are using her for real love in the mean time she pursues her desire to be a photographer and win a contest. Too bad the contest is a self-portrait because she has no idea who she really is inside or out. It takes a great deal for her to understand herself and those around her for her to come to terms with herself and accept what she has done and mo ...more
Nov 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Fourteen year old Jessica is struggling with her parents divorce and her own teen life, when she meets an older man named Ted and lies about her age to forge a relationship. She starts getting the attention she craves from Ted and tries working her new tricks/skills/habits on boys her own age. When her reputation is ruined, her artistic talents and new friendship with her stepmother show her a hopeful path away from compulsive sexuality.

Many of the characters in this book are very immature, and
Dayna Smith
Jessica is fourteen; her parents just went through an ugly divorce and her dad is getting married to a much younger woman. She feels worthless and wants attention and is willing to do anything to get it. With the "right" clothes and attitude she can get all the male attention she wants. But is this kind of attention the "right" kind? Is the reputation she gets deserved and what can she do to make a change? A poignant tale of a lost teen making very bad choices and facing the consequences of thos ...more
Adel Hussain
Have you ever been through a situation where you got hurt not once but twice. The book takes place at a high school where most peoples life changes. This book had its ups and downs I would say if it had more details for the scenes that were important would of improved this book more. The book also stayed on task which made keep the readers focused. If this book was more longer then it would of made it more interesting because it left me wondering at the end of the book of what could of happened ...more
Honestly, I was questioning whether or not I would enjoy this before I began reading.
It didn't take me long to read at all.
I seriously questioned what the hell was going through the main characters head most of the time.
But I guess she was kind of relatable.
I would probably consider buying this for my bookshelf,
I can't say I didn't enjoy it, but I can't say I loved it.
(And I grow fond of books very easily.)
However I am more interested in reading Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity.
Willie N
Aug 09, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens
I was addicted to this book after reading only one page.
Its about 14 year old Jessica who has discovered that getting attention from older men is easy. Her divorced parents are giving her the attention she needs but when she finds out she can get it whenever she wants... She doesn't know how to control herself.
I liked this book a lot. But it was kinda stereotypical slutty girl book. But it was really good. And I enjoyed reading it.
Auri Juliana
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seeking so much attention from men is bad especially at a young age. The book Easy by Kerry Cojen Hoffmann is about a young girl going through family problems so she seeks attention outside of home.

The main character Jessica is fourteen years old living with her older sister Anne and her depressed mother. Her parents are divorced so they don't live in the same house and the dad has a fiance who he cheated with while being with Jessica's mother.
After reading Loose Girl, I thought I'd follow up with this one to see if it would be good for my high school students. It was simply so-so. I can see reluctant readers liking it. I was so please by the Loose Girl and felt that it explored meaningful issues that I guess this was bound to be a let down. I'd recommend it for students but if they are mature enough to actually explore promiscuity, I'd recommend Loose Girl.
Robert Dufalo
You can see where her own life comes in to add the base for the story. If you have read the other books you'll find this a little hard to get into at first because of that. It feels like a repeat. But from about 40% till done it get better as she moves off into story land and away from her real life experiences.
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Kerry Cohen is the author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity; Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and The Meaning of Normal; Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity; as well as three young adult novels – Easy; The Good Girl; and It’s Not You, It’s Me. Her essays have been featured in The New York Times' "Modern Love" series, The Wash ...more
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“Everyone says your first time should be magical. You should be in love. You should feel safe. Because you can't go back once you've done it. That will always be your first time. Years later this is what I'll remember as my first time. That inflated sensation is long gone. Now I just feel nauseous; it
s the feeling I get when reality dawns.”
“He hoots as he passes. Another one whistles. I know this is stupid, inviting trouble. But it feels so good to be wanted, I can't help myself.” 3 likes
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