Best I've Read 2013: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

This year things got a little hectic for all the blogs involved in Best I've Read. We decided that this year would be a little more low key than the previous years, but we still wanted the chance to feature some of our favorites reads published in 2013. Be sure to check out Friday's post for giveaway information.

Today we're spotlighting Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.


  1. This was a favorite of mine too ! I listened to the audiobook at random and really enjoyed it. It made me want to read more historical YA.


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