Easy | Tammara Webber | Book Review

I have this awful habit of buying books and then letting them languish for pretty much forever. I end up getting really excited about a book, purchase it, and then some shiny more pressing book comes into my mail and my purchased book pretty much sits there unloved. However, every once in awhile something jolts me into reading the purchased book and setting my review pile aside. This time, the fact that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and that sexual assault is one of the themes within Easy by Tammara Webber, I was utterly convinced that I needed to read and review Easy in April. Well, I read it on time, but I never did get to writing the review on time. That is okay though because you know with purchased books there is like no pressure. Plus, it’s always awesome to be able to educate people about sexual assault year round, rather than just during one designated month.

Easy by Tammara Webber | Good Books And Good Wine

Jacqueline and her high school turned college frat bro boyfriend Kennedy decide to break up. Kennedy wants to sow his wild oats, also he is a douche. The breakup does not stop Jackie from going to frat parties though, and so, as the book opens Jackie is at the party of her ex’s frat. The scene isn’t doing much for her, and so she decides to leave. On her way out to the car, this dude decides to try and have his way with her. Luckily, there is another mysterious guy in the parking lot who pretty much comes to Jacqueline’s rescue and disrupts the assault. Jackie finds herself upset and anxious, her grades begin to drop — especially in economics. When she does finally go back to class, she sees the guy who saved her – Lucas. Jackie finds herself really attracted to him, but it turns out so are a lot of ladies. YET, her friends convince her to have a fling. Meanwhile, Jackie decides to get email tutoring from this guy named Landon. Y’all, I had no idea economics could be so flirtatious and steamy. Basically, Easy is a romance story, but even more than that it’s about Jacqueline moving from victimhood to survivorhood and really standing up for herself against douchey dudes. In case you cannot tell, I loved the ISH out of Tammara Webber’s new adult book.

Jacqueline came across as a pretty strong girl with a normal reaction to what has happened to her. Not every girl reports rape or attempted rape, as sometimes the whole process can be re-victimizing. Not every girl spirals into depression. Not every girl becomes a hermit. Not every girl decides never ever to have sex again after being victimized. So, I thought that Webber did a super job making Jacqueline well rounded and realistic. I loved that Jacqueline did not take shit from anyone, for the most part. Like, her douchebag ex, she pretty much lets him know that he’s a douche and that getting back together is off the table. Straight up, I admire that. I also admired Jackie for not being afraid to go out and party after what has happened. That shows that she is not at fault for the assault attempt, just because she was at a party. Feel free to disagree with me, but I am very, very glad that Jacqueline was allowed to be interested in men, go out, party and have flings.

Y’all, I totally put on my swoon brakes for Easy by Tammara Webber. For real, I am ALL ABOUT THE NICE GUYS, especially the ones who maybe look a little dangerous when you first meet them, but turn out to actually be good looking good people. Thank goodness this book was not a celebration of douchebag dudes. Instead, every little contact between Jacqueline and Lucas had me thrilled, I was like you get it girl. GET IT GOOD. Cuz you know, I like to celebrate characters getting some. Oh, and there’s kind of a love triangle, but things aren’t what you expect. Well, no, that’s a lie. I had a suspicion about something and then I had to go spoil myself, but apparently the internet is bad ass at hiding Easy spoilers, so I ended up having my hunch confirmed by reading ahead not by google. Go figure. Anyways, I was so wrapped up the whole Lucas-Landon thing and I think you will be too. OH and there are totally obstacles and things to work out. Complications abound. However, I basically spent this book in a swoon-state, the whole time.

Easy is what I want in a New Adult book – it has swoons, sex, partying, college, and is competently written. I basically read Webber’s book in two sittings and could not stop thinking about it between the two sittings. I loved that she portrayed college as a thing where people actually have to go to classes and do projects and homework or else they fail. I liked that she showed a Greek presence on the campus, but made it so the main character, Jackie was not a part of it — I could relate to that because I went to college where there was Greek life, but I wasn’t in any of them, yet still went to their parties. I guess, it’s nice to see your experience reflected in a book. Straight up, I found Easy to be a superb book that deals with sexual assault in what I personally felt was a realistic fashion.

Disclosure: Purchased my own copy.

Other reviews of Easy by Tammara Webber:

Alexa Loves Books – “All in all, it was a treat to read EASY
Cuddlebuggery – “so powerful, so amazing, so emotional.
Clear Eyes, Full Shelves – “Easy is also a very girl-positive book

About April (Books&Wine)

April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.

Comments

  1. I loved Easy! I definitely agree with you about the homework bit! It was refreshing to see characters go to class and worry about tests and grades! Landon’s tutoring emails were awesome. =)

  2. I thought everything was really well done and realistic as well, and I was DEFINITELY riding the swoon wave.

    I wish this author would publish another stand alone, sigh.

  3. Yes yes and yes. Easy is by far my favourite new adult for the very reasons you specified here. Jacqueline was such a strong character and I loved her growth. There seem to be a lot of new adult books that deal with themes of sexual assault, but I thought Easy dealt with it the best.

  4. So happy to hear that you loved this one! I did too! Lucas was sooo yummy, but I really loved everything about it. It was impossible to put down.

  5. I’ve gotten so terrible about that, too!! Easy sat on my shelf for quite a while (until I looked at the calendar and remembered I’d signed up for a blog tour with it!) because NA, well, I’m not entirely sold on the category. I don’t want to read sexed-up YA (which many NAs are). What I do want are more NAs like EASY with fantastic characters, a great love story and excellent writing. I’ve got a girl-crush on Rory now.

  6. I’m a little surprised you hadn’t read this yet, but I know how that goes. Really glad to see your take on this one, because I totally loved it, but then I read some of the negative reviews and I was like “maybe I am wrong!!!” because sometimes I am a weak flower, who worries that her opinion on books can be wrong. Basically, some really didn’t like the take on sexual assault and thought Jacqueline’s reaction was unrealistic, and I guess I can see that, but at least she did something, and not everyone reacts the same way. Anyway, if you believe it makes sense, then I’m not going to stress about it unduly, because you know about this stuff.

  7. Thanks for linking me! So happy you loved it. Did you feel that emotion during the sorority speech? DUDE. The tears. I love this book so effin’ hard. No lie.

  8. I love that you loved this.. And this review had me cracking up. The way you word things sometimes. lol. I really need to make it to your blog more often because I adore your reviews.

    I felt this was very realistic too. I was just thinking Easy when I saw you had reviewed it, because just yesterday I found out a friend of mines daughter had something very similar happen to her over the weekend. Frat house and all. It breaks my heart. I think when I see her in the next couple weeks, because we usually do lunch together when summer starts, I will buy and hand her a copy of this book.

    and heck yes to this being what you want in a new adult book. It had the perfect blend of everything, sex, partying, real life responsibilities. And Lucas.. I loved him.. I was swoony for sure. I love a great guy, especially with tattoos. You’d never guess my hubby has a full sleeve under that dress shirt he sports everyday. Tattoos are hot and so is not being douchie!

  9. So much love for this book. I finally allowed myself to reread it not too long ago and it was just as good the second time around.

  10. I did the same thing. I purchased Easy, and was all excited to read it because I kept hearing how totally amazing it was. But then, I just didn’t get around to it. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. I going to put Easy at the top of my TBR list. It actually might be just perfect for Bout of Books, too.

    Oh and your line “Cuz you know, I like to celebrate characters getting some.” had me giggling like crazy.

  11. I haven’t read this and most NA books are pretty questionable, but this sounds great! I’m going to check it out!

  12. I’m so glad that you enjoyed Easy! It was the first NA book I ever read, and I clearly loved it (as can be deduced from my review). It’s such a compelling story, and I think you’re right about the fact that it’s written SO well.

  13. Fantastic review! I felt the same way about Easy. It’s definitely one of my favorite “new adult” reads. I thought Webber did a great job capturing college life and I thought this book was swoon-worthy, too. I had a hunch as to what was going on with the whole Langdon/Lucas thing, but I thought it was really well done. I’m glad you liked this one!

  14. I was totally blown away by Easy. I remember hearing about how much people loved it and reading the description and being totally underwhelmed. But then I finally read it and pretty much flipped out and made all my friends read it. I think what really struck me about it was how real it felt. Not only Tammara Webber is a strong writer (something sorely lacking in New Adult, in my opinion), but the situations she puts the characters in, like having to do homework and go to class like you mention, didn’t make it boring, it just made it more relatable and real.

  15. So I aven’t read this one yet, even though it’s a big deal. It always sounded interesting, but I just never committed to it. This review has sold me. I had it in my head that Lucas was a bad boy or something — which I’m sick of — but it sounds like he just looks like one but is a good boy! I just love good boys. Your review made me laugh a little with the GET SOME part 🙂

  16. I’ve owned this book for months now and haven’t read it yet because I’m very hesitant about anything in the New Adult genre. I do trust your judgement though, so I’ll have to read this one eventually. It sounds like it portrays that age very well and I like how well-rounded Jackie sounds.

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