A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion.
A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal.
Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
©2012 Tammara Webber (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Easily one of the best novels I have ever read – er, listened to – Easy by Tammara Webber is emotional, uplifting, and empowering. I think every woman should read it.
Jacqueline Wallace followed her high school boyfriend to college, despite being an incredibly talented musician, where a music conservatory would have been better suited to her collegiate and musical needs and advancement. She was in love and shunned the criticism of her high school music teachers and her parents. Three years together with her boyfriend Kennedy and she thought she had most of her life figured out; she never thought he would dump her to “bang co-eds with shameless abandon.”
But he did. And the result of that leads her to a Greek party with her roommate, where one of Kennedy’s frat brothers sees an opening to Jacqueline, now that Kennedy is out of the way, for his own twisted agenda.
If you have read other reviews, you know that Easy opens with what appears to be a rape scene. It’s uncomfortable, it’s controversial, but…it’s very real. Some books use rape, or any controversial topic, really, to make the book. And honestly, Easy is no different, but it’s incredibly well-done and delivered with a very specific message that when someone violates your body, you can recover from it if you are empowered to do so. It also shows that rape is not just about the two involved in the encounter: it’s like throwing a pebble into a pond, and watching the ripples spread out, because rape has adverse affects on those around the victim, not just the victim herself. Enter Lucas, bad boy-extraordinaire.
Lucas is the Bad Boy Ever Girl Dreams About, with his broad shoulders, gray eyes and shaggy, dark hair. He is not just a way for Jacqueline to get over Kennedy; he is a savior, he is her outlet for desire, he is her safe zone. He might be everything she ever wanted that she didn’t even know she craved. He is full of his own secrets, and no, he isn’t above reproach, but he walks through life knowing he isn’t perfect, and yet, I think he strives to achieve perfection.
Holy sh*tballs, I lusted after him.
Jacqueline’s roommate, Erin, is the friend every girl needs. She is brazen and confident, and always has her sh*t-kicking shoes on, no matter if they are platform heels or not. She’s also incredibly supportive when she finds out about Jacqueline’s attack and urges Jacqueline to become self-reliant and able to defend herself. She’s funny and, while the polar opposite to Jacqueline’s studious, quiet nature, not as brainless as she passes herself off to be in the beginning.
There are a myriad of other characters that really flesh out the story: Buck the Rapist, Kennedy the Ex-Boyfriend, Professor Heller, Mindy the Other Victim, the Greeks, and Landon the Tutor. They were all really great (well, except Buck, what a dickhead!) and they rounded out the story perfectly.
But let me tell you how Easy made me feel:
The first night after listening to the book, I dreamed I was raped. It was that well done and I was that emotionally disturbed by the story that I dreamed about it. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and every chance I had, I was listening to this book. It felt compulsory, like I needed to be there with Jacqueline to go through this time with her. My heart raced through the “pages” with Jacqueline and Lucas, and I railed against the obstacles that faced each of them and kept them being together where they so obviously belonged. I wanted them together, dammit!
Rape is a very central theme to this story; even if it makes you uncomfortable, I still urge you to read it, because it elaborates how it knits people so closely together, and how a community of friends can build from it. It’s super-rare that a book makes me feel so emotionally attached to its characters and Easy deserves every star it has earned from me.
Tara Sands does a great job narrating the audio version of Easy by Tammara Webber. She has a wide range of voices, although she did sometimes mix them up between the characters, which would occasionally throw me off. It didn’t happen often, just enough for me to notice when I got into the story and was able to distinguish who was whom. Her pace and accents were fabulous and I will definitely look for more audios narrated by her.
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If someone else narrated.
Tara Sands spoke too slow (I had to speed up her voice) and she sucks with voices--she cannot do male voices and almost all of the female voices sounded ditzy blondes. When not doing voices, she spoke a like a robot.
None comes to mind. All the scenes moved the story.
Good grief, this was the hardest audiobook to listen to. So glad it didnt't me more than $8.00. The narrator Tara Sands did not sound like a young adult.She was just the wrong person for this book. And I love this book and have read it multiple times. The inner dialog narrations were less annoying, but her choice for Jacquelines voice was way off the mark.
Again, loved the story. It really is a sweet romance with just the right amount of angst.
ALL OF IT! Her voice sounded to mature for a part of a young adult.
It could be a movie, but I can't picture anyone in particular as the roll of Jacqueline. But I would boycott the movie if Kristen Stewart was cast!
Read the book if you haven't. You won't be sorry. If they recast this audio like they did with FSoG, I would be thrilled.
Didnt want it to end!
Lucas was my favorite character. He was a genteman and really cared for Jackie.
Great job switching from character to character :) one of the best!
I want to read/listen to more books just like this!
passionate reader and vegan
I wish we could give half stars because this rates at least a 4.5. It's the first of the Contours of the Heart books and this one is Jacquelyn's book. I should have listened to it first but I am such a Zachary Webber fan I listened to Breakable first. Didn't make a HUGE difference but enough. Breakable is not a sequel but a parallel story from Lucas/Landon's POV (see my review of it...I thought it stunning). This is a lovely coming of age story of a couple of college aged kids who are drawn to each other...one experiencing a rebound from being dumped by her boyfriend of 3 years (that would be Jacquelyn) and the other a badly damaged student who finds himself drawn to her. Through a series of events, they become friends albeit under false pretenses. It's the story of how they gradually connected and the circumstance that almost split them apart. It's quite a beautifully written book that I wish had been narrated by someone who sounded a bit younger and more feminine (except for when vocalizing the 'boy' parts). It's easy on the ears and will certainly pull at your heart.
I was just looking for a fun book to pass the time, but I wound up really enjoying the story. I laughed (out loud!), I teared up, I had a really hard time pausing the book.
One downfall: the way the narrator pronounced the main character, Jacqueline's, name. It almost sounded like she was saying "Ja-quell-in" or "Jack-well-in." Drove me up a wall!
This book not only met my expectations but definitely went beyond!
This storyline went way farther than I even expected it to. The description was hardly anything if at all about this book and I almost didn't choose to listen to it but I am so glad I did. But after listening to it, I totally understood why because describing it any further would have just given away more details. It was perfectly written and I am now definitely a huge fan of this wonderful author!
It had the perfect balance of angst, romance, sadness, empowerment and HEA, in the end!
Love, love, loved this book!
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
As others have said this book deals with a difficult subject and at times can be difficult to listen to but the subject is very well handled and addressed. The characters and situations are believable and well developed. The writing is excellent. And Tara Sands does a wonderful job bringing it all to life. It's one of those books that I'm glad I listened to rather than read.
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