Every so often I pick up one of Tammara Webber’s books to read again. She writes smart New Adult and Young Adult books without the bad, often sexist stereotyping the genres often falls victim to.
Easy is such an important read in the New Adult genre. It deals with sexual assault and rape on an American college campus, victim-blaming, fraternities, and female friendship. It has a hero (who is almost to good to be true), who might have some of the tattooed bad boy stereotype about him, but who is very much a feminist.
In this current climate, with women standing up and saying they’ve had enough of sexual harassment and abuse, and enough of people doubting and blaming the victim, it was a good book to read again.
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.