Sunday, 6 January 2013

Review for Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber 
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 3rd January 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Abuse
Rating: 4/5 stars
Source: Received from the publisher for review

Goodreads Summary:
"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..."

New Adult is a genre that is receiving a lot of love lately and so being this genre’s target audience I figured it was high time I gave one of the genre’s big guns a read and was recommended to start with Easy. Because this is my first New Adult book I’m going to talk about my experience with the genre as well as my thoughts on this book.

Easy starts off with an attempted rape scene which is pretty much like jumping into the deep end of the pool! This could have been too much too soon but as this book is set around the subject of abuse it sets the story up well, is tastefully handled, and important to the rest of the novel.

One of the things I loved about Easy is how it sets an excellent example for young women. In my opinion there are too many books out there at the minute that glorify abusive relationships not just the physical kind but the mentally unhealthy ones too. All too often absolute psychopaths that I’d want a restraining order against are portrayed as misunderstood irresistible bad boys who simply need love to save them. After being in an abusive relationship myself I can’t help but wonder what kind of example these books are setting? A potentially dangerous one if you ask me with these sorts of relationships on the rise. I feel like Easy sets the world back to rights with women telling somebody, learning self-defence, standing up for one another, and perhaps most importantly of all calling abuse by its name.

Our heroine is Jacqueline and I really liked her voice. It’s much more mature than a YA character but just because she’s older doesn’t mean she’s perfect, she still makes mistakes and grows throughout the book. At the start Jacqueline is getting over her three year relationship. I feel like this will be something I enjoy about NA books. Getting over your first serious relationship is something I’ve always wanted to read about but is never offered in YA as the characters are usually at the stage of finding that first big love. It was interesting to watch Jacqueline go from high school romance to her first adult relationship and was something I could really relate to as a twenty something reader.

Jacqueline’s love interest Lucas was such a swoon-worthy guy. Not only is he intelligent, gorgeous and artistic but he also teaches self-defence class and is all for women knowing how to protect themselves. I adored Lucas from the start and only loved him more when we find out what skeletons he has in his closet. I also loved how Jacqueline and Lucas’s stories tied together nicely creating a strong message to this story. Their romance not only has substance to it but is also incredibly hot and steamy without being full out erotica, another thing I think I’m going to love about New Adult Fiction.

Overall my first experience with this genre was definitely a good one and thanks to Easy I have already bought some other New Adult titles to try! If you’re new to this genre I’d definitely recommend giving this book a go. Steamy, romantic and empowering this is a book about things not ending up as you might have originally planned, only to find that you’re exactly where you’re meant to be.


  1. Oh this is another beautiful review Jess, I have had this book forever, I bought a kindle copy as soon as the gorgeous reviews started coming through. But the great impression it left on you makes me want to read it right away! :)

    1. You'll have to check it out Jas, I think you'd really enjoy this one :)

  2. Lol I'm posting my review of this tomorrow! I really enjoyed it as well and it's cool to see it's inspired you to seek out some similar books

    Cait x

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed it too! I'll have to check out your review.

  3. Great review Jess! I've ummed and aahed about this NA thing and not really known where to start - but I think you've just persuaded me. At 25 I am just fine reading adult novels and don't feel like I've skipped a step along the way at all (perhaps because the YA explosion hit when I was already 21 or so?), but it'll be interesting to see whether NA fills a need I didn't even know I had! Adding this one to my wishlist, pronto... add another strike to your tally, you got me again! ;)

    1. Haha! * Tally's up another point.* This is a good one to start with, I think you'd enjoy NA. Did you know that some people are categorising On The Island as New Adult? So technically, according to some people, you've already read AND loved one. ;)

  4. I liked this one, but I didn't love it like a lot of other people seem to have done. Dare I say it I may be tiring of NA already -- quite a few of the books I've read all follow a similar formula. That said, this one was pretty good, although the MC annoyed me with her decisions at times.

    1. Agreed that at the start of the book Jacqueline's decisions weren't the best but I liked how she grew as a character. I hope I don't burn out on NA just yet, I have too many on my TBR! I do hope an author comes along and switches the formula up soon though else like you I might get bored with the predictability eventually.


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