Book Review & Giveaway; Easy by Tammara Webber

Posted on 10 January, 2013 by Faye - 27 Comments

Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: January 3rd 2013
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source:: ARC from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Easy is a New York Times Bestseller – a must-read for everyone who loves Slammed by Colleen Hoover and the New Adult genre. Deeply romantic and utterly gripping, this is not to be missed.

Jacqueline seems to have a knack for making the wrong choices. She followed her boyfriend to his choice of university, disregarding her preference. Then he dumped her. She chose a minor she thought she could combine with her music studies, but she’s falling behind. And then, leaving a party alone one night, she is attacked. If it wasn’t for the timely intervention of a stranger, she would have been raped. Now she must make a choice – give up and give in, or toughen up and fight on. Only the support of the man who is tutoring her and the allure of the guy who saved her from the attack convince her that it’s worth fighting on. Will Jacqueline now have to make a choice between them too? And can she make the right decision? It’s not easy . . .

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We Never Know

It is impossible to be a blogger and not notice the amount of people raving about Easy. I have read a fair few reviews of people who absolutely adored the book and it got me instantly intrigued. It also meant that I started reading the book with a bit of trepidation. I always get nervous when books start gaining popularity as it can sometimes mean that the story isn’t that great, or that I’ll be that odd duck that doesn’t like it. Fortunately, this book didn’t only take a hold of every expectation I had, it surpassed them. I expected to enjoy this book, to love it, and to be glad to have read it, but instead I devoured it, fell head over heels in love with it, and am now worried that this review will not even begin to do the book justice.

How Strong

New Adult storylines are taking the publishing world by a storm. Bloggers have been soaking up these stories lately as publishers and authors push the category further than ever before. These stories have always been around, but at the moment they’re centre stage and because of this, some stories are starting to get critiqued more than ever before. It leaves a worry that some books will be too rushed to meet the demand. The good news is that Easy is a New Adult book that will simply help to define the category. It is full of deep, scarring, emotional, and powerful words and themes, truly awakening the reader to a new way of looking at the world. I enjoyed the journey that this book took me on, was inspired by the twists and turns that I didn’t trust, and found myself hugging the book by the end of it all. Every detail of the plot in this book was well thought out, flowed simply, and felt so true to life that I could probably convince people it was based off of a true story. Tammara Webber certainly has a knack for writing.

We Truly Are

One of the most powerful aspects of Easy are the wonderfully in-depth characters. Webber has created three-dimensional characters that are flawed, loveable, connectable characters that it is impossible not to love. Our main protagonist, Jacqueline is such a strong character. She doesn’t believe it herself, and it takes a lot of convincing, but she is amazing and powerful. She’s also really kind, hard-working, passionate, and loving, and she just really brings wonderful colours to the story. She goes through some horrible things in the book, and it is through her that the readers gain the strength and will power to carry on – that need her to take it in her stride, and to make sure that she always wins. Then we have Lucas. He was the rock that everyone wants. He was protective, gentle, caring, firm, and an all-around great guy. There is a shady past that he is living with, and he is not easy to open up but he is just such a brilliant character that it doesn’t matter in the slightest. Lucas is the full embodiment of everything I’d ever ask for in a boyfriend.

It was not just the main characters in this story that kept it so readable however. Webber’s secondary characters were just as incredible. From Jacqueline’s roommate, who was always there for her best friend, to her new friend in Economics, every secondary character brought something new to the story. They helped our main protagonist to grow, to journey, and they were always there to show her the way. There were a few actions by a certain ex-boyfriend that I didn’t believe would have happened, but these were small and simply personal prejudices against his character really, and did not take anything away from the story.

Until Our Strength

The biggest thing about Easy is the subject of the story. This is a book that deals with rape, it is not a book about rape. It is a book that has a strong, powerful heroine who is a magnificent role model to women. Tammara Webber has managed to take a horrible topic, and write about it in a sensitive manner while making it entertaining, enlightening, and enjoyable. This is the hardest part of this review, but I feel that Webber has really managed to create something beautiful with this book and her majestic writing. The plot is complimented by the characters and the characters, in turn, were complimented by her unique and gripping writing style. She really manages to pull the reader in, making it incredibly difficult to put the book down so that they could do the mandatory actions of life, like sleep.

Is Really Tested

Overall, this book was one that has struck a chord inside my heart. It has moved me in a way that few books really manage to do and is a book I know will stick with me for many years to come. It is educational, sensational, and just a simply powerful book that I have a feeling will help a lot of people one day. I know that this review seems to praise this book too highly, and I do worry that I have over-done it slightly but I couldn’t help myself because I have truly been suckered by this story. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who likes a good rich, raw, contemporary read, or anyone who wants something that doesn’t surpass the nitty gritty but still manages to keep things beautiful and creative. I have tried very hard not to be corny in this review, but I feel it is essential to leave with just one play on words. I would continually recommend this book to others because it is a book that is easy to love, easy to read, and will easily sweep you off your feet. It is easy to see why so many people love it.

** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

five stars

Faye


Because I loved this book so much, I have decided that I want others to have the chance to read it as well and so I have a giveaway for you all!
One lucky winner will win a paperback copy of Easy, or if you’ve already read it, another of Tammara Webber’s’ novels!

Giveaway Rules

  • Open INTERNATIONALLY (As long as TBD ships to you)
  • Winners will be E-mailed
  • Winners will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen
  • Please read my Giveaway Policy
  • Ends: 24/01/2013

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27 Comments

  • Veronika says:

    What a wonderful review! I’ve read Easy and it was … omg, there are not adjectives to describe hoe much I loved it! It was beautifully written and the characters were lovable and easy to relate to. I read this book in August and since then there wasn’t a day I haven’t thought about it (and Lucas xD).
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

    • Right? This review should have been such an easy one as I gushed about it, but it was hard because I wanted to make the review sound perfect! Glad you’re a fellow lover of this marvellous book :-)
      And your welcome, good luck! :D

  • Clover says:

    Brilliant review, Faye! I loved this book a lot. I read it in December and then I reread it again earlier this week and I think I loved it even more the second time around. I’ve mostly hated the books I’ve read classed as ‘NA’ so I was a bit skeptical about picking this one up too. So glad that I gave it that chance.

  • Alexandra says:

    Ooh, I love that you loved this one, Faye! I’d read Sarah (Saz101)’s review earlier in the year, and kept meaning to get to it, and FINALLY did, and SO GLAD I DID because I LOVED IT.
    I think what I really loved most of all was the way Lucas encourages Jacqueline’s strengths – empowers her, through the self-defence and stuff – but you’re never in any doubt that he’s there ready to protect her too. *swoons a little* And also I really enjoyed the friendship between J. and Erin – yay for postive depictions of female friendship!
    This is a great review too, Faye – I need to get my thoughts together on it – I was planning on posting my review sometime next week, but at the moment all I’ve got is rather disjointed sentences :-)

    • Yay! I’m glad YOU loved it as well! It so deserves all the love in the world :D

      Oooh, I know! I loved that about it, because that’s how it SHOULD be. And how I TRY to be. I’m always ready to comfort my friends, but I also always want to make themselves feel stronger while also being able to be there to kick peoples asses if necessary :P haha. But I know what you mean!
      And yes, they’re relationship was so <3!

      Thank you, it took so long to write, haha. I know exactly what you mean. I look forward to reading all of your thoughts when you’ve unjumbled them! :)

  • laura thomas says:

    I’ve heard such great things about the author and this book! Would love to own a copy! Wonderful review. You’ve made me want it even more. Thanks for sharing!

  • Isa says:

    I’ve seen this book around a lot and I’ve only read positive reviews but lately I’ve been the odd one not loving really popular books. I love the way you describe the characters and it’s especially great when you feel affection towards the secondary characters as well. I’ve never read quite such a convincing review, you make me feel like I need this in my life.

    I was also worried that the topic of rape would be handled distastefully but it seems like she’s done an amazing job in writing how the characters deal with the situation. Thank you for sharing. :)

    • You DO need this in your life. Haha. But thank you, I’m glad it was convincing as I hoped it would be! I want people to read this book! I want it to get the coverage that it so deserves :D
      It is definitely not handled distastefully, it looks at it in such a sensitive way; the perfect model for young women.
      Your welcome :)

  • dya_dyana says:

    I haven’t read Easy yet but I read a lot of good reviews on it and it looks an awesome book. I’m really excited to put my hand on it :)) and if I don’t win it here I’ll surely buy it when it comes in my country, Romania.

  • Alexa Y. says:

    Oh, I LOVED Easy so very much! It was very easy for me to get absorbed into this story, especially as I really liked how fleshed out and real the characters were. I swooned over the romance, cheered over the empowerment and just finished up feeling thoroughly satisfied.

    • Agreed! The ending had me wanting to shake Jacqueline! Haha. She just wouldn’t see. But in a good way, of course. Just like I’d shake a friend when they were being bling :D
      I’m so glad that so many people love this book, I want it to go far and wide!

  • leannessf says:

    Haven’t read Easy, but love the New Adult genre and can’t wait to read it!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

  • Vicky Hooper says:

    Great review! Heard so much about this book, defo has to go on the To Read list :-)

  • Mary Preston says:

    We all make wrong choices. EASY looks like such a fabulous read.

  • Karina V says:

    I really want to read Easy! I like romances and this sounds really good :)

  • Miss. Lucinda Fountain says:

    I would like to thank you so much for this fantastic book giveaway, that i would love to have the oportunity of reading! I have herd so much about this ‘new’ book and how popular it already is, as it has been praised highly by so many blogs and readers…I am concequently desperate to read it, and see if it does live up to expectations. As a fan of this genre, i would like to thank you!! x

    Email; lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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