Review: Easy

◆ Easy by Tammara Webber
◆ Read May 2013
◆ English Edition
❝ 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.❞
On a superficial level this book is about an unexpected romance between two people. What made me fall in love with this book though, was the underlying message.

I think all of us are aware of the rape culture nowadays and its prejudices and opinions. Among those are statements that the person who was raped asked for it, that he/she was drunk, or that he/she had already had sex many times before, thus justifying rape. The author of Easy deals with this issue of victim blaming and clarifies through its main character how completely wrong it is to blame the victim for having been raped. Furthermore, the author spends a significant amount of the book stressing how important it is to report any kind of sexual assault to the police and what one can do to prevent rape or sexual assault. Rape is a sensitive topic but Webber has managed to encorporate it perfectly in the story.

What I also liked immensely is that the main character -Jacqueline - develops throughout the book. She becomes stronger in the physical sense of the word, but also grows more confident and speaks up more than she ever did before. She needs help from other(s) around her sometimes, but also proves that she is smart and strong enough to get herself out of situation when necessary. An example of this is when she is nearly assaulted by Buck and manages to escape him by clever thinking, or later in the book when she uses self-defence in her advantage. Strong but likeable female characters like this are hard to go around and I greatly appreciated it in this book, it was very refreshing.

Any other characters are also realistically portrayed with good traits and bad ones. Nothing is portrayed as black and white and throughout the book you get the sense that nothing is what it seems, much like in real life. For example, the ex-boyfriend seems "evil" at first but redeems himself by helping Jacqueline out and supporting her. Most of the characters seemed like real people to me because of their characteristics and actions.

The only exception, unfortunately, is the rapist of the story. What bothered me is that the rapist is portrayed as the archetypical villain. The author focuses on all his flaws, but what I missed are the traits that prove he is human too. No one is pure evil so to find this in a character was a bit unrealistic for me.
Other than that this is a nice love story with a great message. I recommend it to anyone and I can assure you that reading the book is truly worth your time!

4 stars because:
✓ Incorporates issues with rape culture
✓ Strong main character who develops
✓ (Mostly) realistic characters
✓ Nice love story
✗ Typical villain


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