Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Easy by Tammara Webber, Book Review

This is a book review that was originally published here on Mundie Moms when the book first came out, back when new adult was something brand new, and I hadn't yet started this site. 

By: Tammara Webber
Published by: Penguin
To Be Released on: November 6th, 2012
Source: Book from publisher to review
5 stars: Loved It!
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

(Mature Young Adult/ New Adult -quoted from Goodreads

Now I understand what all the hype over this book has been about. Wow, what a read. Easy, which was previously self published by the author, Tammara Webber, is being released TOMORROW by Penguin! You can read Sophie's review for it here. I am so glad a publishing house like Penguin picked this book up! It's one of those well written books that incorporates a lot of realistic elements into it's story and tackles the tougher subjects, like rape, flawlessly. With beautiful written, broken, strong characters, Easy is what's called a New Adult book that fits in between the YA and Adult category perfectly. While I admire Tammara's ability to shed light on something that our society still has issues talking about, I know this won't be a book for everyone, but it's one I'd recommend to a lot of people, especially to older high school readers and college students.

Date Rape and rape in general is a hard subject to write about, let alone read about, but it's one I feel needs to be read. Reportedly a rape occurs every 2 mins in the US, and 42% of rape victims NEVER tell anyone. This statistic breaks my heart. The story's main character Jacqueline is a victim of an attempted rape, and while I at first was so mad at her for not reporting this attack when it first happened, I quickly sympathized with her and understood her fear, and her wanting to just move along and get on with her life, even though after that attack it changed her, and the way she did things. Honestly, who wouldn't be changed after that. What I didn't except to find myself doing was going through all of her emotions after it. I got her pain, her fear, her hurt, and her determination to not let this thing own her. For me Jacqueline quickly went from being a fictional character to being a face of people I know who have experienced similar attacks as hers. She become real, and her story did as well. 

I loved Tammara's secondary characters as much as I loved Jacqueline. These characters made this story real. They gave voices to the various sides of rape, and the myths that our society still has about it. They made Jacqueline not feel alone. They gave her the aid she needed in finding her voice, they helped her learn to defend herself, and made her realize she was a victim! That it wasn't her fault. Others fell into the norm... they took sides, they didn't believe the hot guy on campus could do something like this, and then there are the ones who talked about rape, and what rape really is. I felt like Tammara did an amazing job at the way she handled rape and the situations that presented themselves after the first attack. She made this story about surviving.

Mixed into this story is a very complex, sensual relationship between the hot bad boy, Lucas and Jacqueline. Can Lucas be any more well written!? Seriously, he broke my heart and had me swooning for him all at the same time! I wish I could talk about all the things I loved about him and the relationship that develops with Jacqueline, but I can't without giving away spoilers. The pacing with their relationship, and really the entire storyline was spot on. I will say, this is a story for mature readers. There are a variety of mature subject matters addressed in this book, and mixed into that is the underlining theme of hope, surviving, and falling in love. 

Here are some statistics about RAPE according to AAUW / RAINN:
  • EVERY 2 mins in the US a sexually assault happens
  • - 80% are under the age of 30
  • - 95% of attacks are unreported
  • - 3% of college women nationally have experience rape or attempted rape during their academic year
  • - 90% of rape victims know their attacker
  • - 42% of women we are raped tell NO ONE
  • - 5% of rape incidents are reported to the police, 10 times more rapes are reported to crisis lines than to the police.
  • - 80% of women who are raped try to physically resist
  • - 43% of college aged men conceded to using coercive behavior to have sex (ignoring the women's protests) and don't admit it was rape.
  • - 80% of rape victims suffer chronic physical or psychological problems over time.
  • - 13 times as many rape survivors are more likely to attempt suicide, than those ware not victims of crime. 
If you or someone you know has been a victim or rape or an attempted rape, you ARE NOT ALONE! You can call 911, RAINN (1-800-656-HOPE).

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