I think it is safe to say that since January of this year (2012) I have read more than 120 books. I told you I was addicted and you didn’t believe me. Anyway, of those books there was one in particular that I was hesitant to read even though the reviews were phenomenal, not as good as Beautiful Disaster, but one that is climbing the ranks quickly. The cover (see above) depicts a cheesy looking guy kissing a girl. He had black Emo hair plastered against a profile that didn’t sit well for me. (Hey, if you are the cover model and are reading this, it’s nothing personal). For some strange reason this photo turned me off and therefore I didn’t want his peanut butter-face mixed up with my chocolaty romance. So I passed it up over and over again, until I just couldn’t look away any longer. Glad I chose to ignore my initial aversion because damn Easy was a great read.

Here’s what I loved: It took place on a college campus, the protagonist wasn’t whiny or obnoxious, she didn’t make (many) unwise decisions and she fought for what she liked. The protagonist male (Not the model) was intelligent, hardworking (not a billionaire) but damaged; however, he didn’t waiver in his beliefs and he was strong. He loved the girl and he fought for her (literally and figuratively) then taught her how to fight for herself. But what I found the most intriguing was the books honesty. Rape, murder, PTSD and betrayal are just some of the heavy topics the author chose to include, yet she didn’t make light of the situations with unrealistic solutions. Some students were nasty to the rape victims and doing the right thing wasn’t always the characters first choice, but this is real life people and tough choices are often met with great opposition, regardless of the heinousness of the situation.

Overall, this was a great love story, a tale of survival and an all around enjoyable read. I highly recommend checking out the mature young adult book, Easy.

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A dreamer, a writer, a critic, an avid reader and the endless seeker of enlightenment through education. Basically, that translates to a girl who loves to read and discusses what she is reading and writing with anyone who will listen so that she doesn’t have to think about her obscenely large student loan debt. She holds a BA in pre-law, a Masters from Northeastern University in Communication Management with a focus in Social Media Marketing and Personal Branding and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing, but believes she has learned the most from writing…lots and lots of writing. She is also the owner of the literary and lifestyle business marketing an management firm, Voir Media Group.
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  • emarrandette1
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    You are so right! I enjoy strong, non-whiny, intelligent characters as well! Don’t you believe that the characters are as important or even more important than the plot of the story? Of course the plot’s very important but I must care about the character or I’ll stop reading and find something else. Life’s too short to eat bad cheese!

    • 2 Gliterary Girls
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      Well said and I totally agree. I can’t tell you how many times I have discontinued series’ because I just could not follow the characters anymore.

  • E.R.
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    I was put off by the cover as well, but I really loved this book way more than I expected myself to. I got pretty darn wrapped up in it.

    • 2 Gliterary Girls
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      Here is a funny thing I learned from perusing Kindle. That cover is a stock photo of some sort, because I found two other books with the same pic only expanded. And expanded the boy isn’t as emo. I am assuming that when you don’t have the backing of publishers, authors must go out and acquire professional photos and run the risk of multiple manuscripts bearing the same cover.

      It always feels good to know you aren’t the only one. :-)

      • E.R.
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        Yes, I’m an author and I refuse to use stock photos for this reason. Luckily, I’m friends with an awesome model and an awesome photographer, so I got a custom cover! But it is common for self-pubbers, and I’ve seen a few cases like you mentioned myself. Now I’m curious what he looks like not-close up.

        • 2 Gliterary Girls
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          He was surprising more blond. I wish I knew what books had him on the cover because I would share.

          It’s funny because I have often seen the same graphics and exterior shots, but rarely have I come across a photo with models used in two different books. Possibly because the book hit it big and I noticed. I am also an author and just as lucky to have some very talented shutterbug friends, as well as access to plenty of models (Hollywood…they work for free) so I also refuse to go the stock photo route. Truthfully, I would rather see a beautiful backdrop than some cheesy stock model.

        • 2 Gliterary Girls
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          He was surprising more blond. I wish I knew what books had him on the cover because I would share.

          It’s funny because I have often seen the same graphics and exterior shots, but rarely have I come across a photo with models used in two different books. Possibly because the book hit it big and I noticed. I am also an author and just as lucky to have some very talented shutterbug friends, as well as access to plenty of models (Hollywood…they work for free) so I also refuse to go the stock photo route. Truthfully, I would rather see a beautiful backdrop than some cheesy stock model.

          • E.R.

            Ha, that’s awesome. Yay Hollywood!

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