Synopsis: 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.
The First Line: “I never noticed Lucas before that night. It was as though he didn’t exist, and then he was everywhere.” Love this. I’m totally sucked into the story from the get go. Who’s this mysterious Lucas? And “that night” has some serious meaning behind it? I need to know what’s going to happen next.
The Good: Easy hits on some hard issues. Jacqueline is a smart young woman who makes some honest mistakes. The first is following her high school boyfriend to college instead of going after her own dreams. This may not sound like a hard issue, but how many young women have made this same mistake based on misguided love?
The biggest issue is the attempted rape that opens the book. Jacqueline, out of fear, does not want to report it to the police. This happens too much in the real world, and Webber writes it realistically.
Luca *sigh* is great. He’s brilliant, complex, sweet, and so not the type of guy Jacqueline goes for. Naturally, he’s just the guy she needs.
The Bad: There were a few times I thought that the book strayed from the plot too much and tried too hard to pack everything in.
It’s sad that some people may skip this book simply because it is self-published.
The title isn’t the best and can lead to a misunderstanding of what the book is about.
Recommendation: Easy is an intense read with great character development and an honest look at college life. If you’re looking for a novel that’s falls under the mysterious category of “New Adult”, then check it out.