I mentioned in my review of Cora Carmack’s Losing It that I’ve become obsessed recently with the new adult genre. After being blown away with how awesome that book was, I dove into Easy by Tammara Webber. This book makes strong and amazing stances on the issues of rape culture and sexual assault and was a perfect choice to continue my tour of the new adult genre.
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.
A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.
NO MEANS NO. It’s a statement that should need no explanation when put in a sexual context. Unfortunately, all too often people are taken advantage of, left helpless, and not taken seriously when attempting to report a rape. Webber’s Easy blew me away with the stances it took on this hot button topic. ”Rape culture” is a phrase that we’re hearing all too often these days, mostly in reference to the serious lack of knowledge about the topic of rape in younger generations. The Steubenville rape case is a prime example of this. Misconceived notions about virginity, consent, and a “slutty persona” fuel the dismissal of legitimate sexual assault cases. So much of Easy pushes the notion of self-empowerment and the belief in helping others to stop the cycle. Learning how to defend yourself (both physically and mentally), holding others accountable for their actions and words, and maybe most importantly, how to listen to others and knowing how to set boundaries are all important lessons learned in this book. I think it should be a required read for those younger generations who are beginning to experiment with one another, going to parties and attempting to fit in. In the midst of all the signals they receive, from the media, social networks, gossip in school, and their parents, they need to realize that there are boundaries that they cannot cross. Easy teaches this lesson, and it is presented in a way that is easy to understand and relate to. I am so glad that Webber is making a strong and unyielding stance on this issue, and sets the record straight on a lot of the various false ideas that are common in “rape culture.” I applaud her a hundred times over for getting this message out. Once this information spreads, we can hopefully eliminate rape culture once and for all.
I cannot speak highly enough about this book. Lucas is seriously the most amazing male character I’ve ever read. He is a freaking superhero of awesomeness and is the epitome of what men should strive to be. He takes the shit life threw at him and somehow learns from it, turning his life into a constant state of pay-it-forward. Jacqueline is also a woman to learn from. She learns from her mistakes and with Lucas’ help transforms herself into a strong, independent woman who is no longer afraid of what the future can hold. So, hopefully with the help of a book like Easy and positive role models that deliver the right message to younger girls, they too can become strong women that know that saying no really means no.
5 out of 5 Stars
Easy by Tammara Webber
Penguin Group (2012)
eBook: 336 pages