Author: Tammara Webber
Published: May 25, 2012
"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?
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy."
First line: "I had never noticed Lucas before that night."
Thoughts: I have to say, EASY is one of the best contemporary novels I have read in...well, ever. Believe me when I say this is more than your average story. EASY will take you into a world of heartache, fear, romance, and angst. Be sure your seat belt is on tight and your seats are in the upright position because heeeeere we go.
The story starts off with the first night Jacqueline (Don't you dare call her Jackie) meets Lucas. Their first meeting is less than ideal. Terrifying even. From then on, Jacqueline constantly notices Lucas everywhere. For such a large university, you'd think it'd be more difficult. Alas, the world must play this cruel "I don't want to run into this person but I do every where I go" game.
Jacqueline is currently in the process of getting over her ex, Kennedy, and moving on with her life. When her friend Erin (LOVE HER!) suggests Lucas as a rebound, Jacqueline is a bit hesitant. I mean, she hardly knows the guy.
She takes her friend's advice to heart, and as she starts to get to know Lucas, she realizes there's more to him than just a potential booty call. This is when the story truly takes off.
A while back, my friend Karen from For What It's Worth suggested I download EASY immediately. I personally don't like reading eBooks off my iPad, but I made an exception for her. Me being me, I kind of just waited and read other things and let time fly by. Then, Alexa from Alexa Loves Books pushed me to read it. It's kind of hard to say no to two people who's opinion you trust completely. I picked it up, gave it a go and behold, love at first sight. Wow, just wow.
I think a lot of the reason why I love this story so much is because of the characters and personal connection I felt with them. Though I do not understand exactly what Jacqueline and Lucas are going through, I do know how it feels to love, lose, and open yourself up again. These characters had raw, true-to-life emotions that made my heart ache. I loved that they were strangers, turned acquaintances, and then something more. Reading how their relationship progressed was like watching a flower bloom, elegant, fragile, and ravishing.
The secondary characters were wonderful as well. It's wonderful to read a story with such an eclectic mix of characters. They ranged from awesome, to somewhat douchebaggy, and even some terrifying ones. Each one had their own distinctive voice, and I really appreciated that.
The story itself is quite spectacular, too. There's never a dull moment. Each scene will have your heart racing one way or another, whether it's due to lust, love, fear, or wonder. Even recapping this story now is putting a smile on my face. Every now and then, I open up the novel on my iPad and reread my favorite bookmarked scenes. Why? Because it's THAT good.
“Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart”
“You're full of contradictions, Ms. Wallace."
I looked up at him and arched a brow. "I'm a girl. That's part of the job description, Mr. Maxfield.”
Yep, that sounds about right!
And because I'm a texter and heart books with texting...
“Lucas: I wanted to talk to you after class, but you disappeared.
Me: I have another class right after. One of those profs who stops talking, stares at you and waits until you get to your seat if you're late.
Lucas: I would probably just walk to my seat even slower. ;)”
I recommend every single one of you download EASY immediately. For my sake and for your's. Trust me, you won't regret it.