Teen Press Corps and booksellers alike adored Ruta Sepety’s Out of the Easy. We have unanimously decided it’s BUZZ worthy!

About Out of the Easy:
“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.”

Willa could not put this book down- literally:
“AHH THIS BOOK! I couldn’t stop reading it. I read during class *cough cough* especially during physics *cough cough* and stayed up late reading. … The plot line of Out of The Easy is addicting, weaving through New Orleans and Josie’s intriguing life, filled with cute boys and dangerous mobsters, all while Josie is dealing with her own desires for a life beyond what she knows. Any teen can relate to Josie in that way; wanting to grow up and leave home.” To read Willa’s full review CLICK HERE.

Kathleen of our kid’s staff wholeheartedly agreed, saying:
Out of the Easy is the story of Josie, a young woman living in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. Part mystery, part romance, and very readable–I couldn’t put it down!”

Ruta’s event was a hit. Erin and Willa were on the scene to report:
“When we asked Ruta about how writing for young adults has been she said, “Absolutely phenomenal. It has been the most rewarding audience. They process things with a completely unfiltered emotional truth. And books that we read when we’re thirteen or fourteen years old, we’ll remember them forever.” To experience the full majesty of the night check out Willa and Erin’s reports.