Review: Easy by Tammara Webber
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. 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, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.
Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.
Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
After hearing all the buzz about EASY, I knew that I had to try it for myself! I was expecting a well-developed story full of chemistry between Jacqueline and Lucas. Instead, I got a wishy-washy Jacqueline who irritated me with her choices, and a story that could have been better. I was disappointed in EASY, however, I will say that it was a nice try.
Jacqueline drove me crazy! While I truly felt bad for her about her situation, I don’t have any respect for a girl who revolves her entire life around guys. Maybe I just don’t understand where she’s coming from, but I couldn’t get past it. She came off as whiny and not-so-smart. There were some obvious clues in the beginning about Lucas, and I couldn’t believe how dense she was to miss them. I really wish I had felt more sympathetic towards Jacqueline, but I just couldn’t.
I couldn’t say a single bad thing about Lucas at first. He was sweet, considerate, and totally smokin’ hot. I was totally envious of Jacqueline for landing a guy like him. However, by the middle of the story, he became a bit frustrating. He is one of those guys who wants to protect the girl from his past, and that just really gets to me. If someone really has feelings for a girl, they’ll open up and be willing to do anything for them, not try to”protect” them from whatever they’re hiding.
The resolution was way too quick for me. One minute there’s a huge fight that would be hard to get over, and then after something dire happens suddenly that fight is forgotten. It wasn’t realistic at all to me and I came out of the novel glad that it was over, but sad that the ending couldn’t have been executed better.
I really wish I could have seen what fellow bloggers and friends of mine had seen in EASY, but I just can’t. The way character’s are portrayed can make or break the book for me, and it broke this one. I’m not saying that it was the worst book that I’ve ever read (there were a few good messages in it) but it wasn’t the one for me.