Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

Ah. This is a book similar to Beautiful Disaster, and yet different in so many ways.

From Goodreads: 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.

I'm going to beat this out, then discuss it. So here goes.
1. Opening Image: Jacqueline leaving a party.
2. Theme Stated: Sometimes love isn't Easy--and sometimes it is.
3. Set-Up: Kennedy broke up with Jacqueline. Lucas rescues her, then turns out to be in her Econ class.
4. Catalyst: Dance
5. Debate: Jacqueline deciding to use Lucas as a rebound.
6. Break into Two: Lucas comes to her room to draw her.
7. B Story: Parents? Lucas and Landon are the same. Self-defense class. Erin and Chaz breakup.
8. Fun and Games: Jacqueline has crushes on both Landon and Lucas, then finds out they're the same person.
9. Midpoint: Jacqueline goes home for Thanksgiving
10. Bad Guys Close In: Kennedy wants her back, Lucas and she got caught and Lucas can't see her anymore, Buck rapes Mindi
11. All is Lost: No real all is lost moment. There are too many ups for a true down.
12. Dark Night of the Soul: Jacqueline leaves Lucas' thinking she's lost him only to have Buck try to rape her again.
13. Break into Three: Lucas asks Jacqueline to tell him to stop. (before #12 DNotS)
14. Finale: Jacqueline is going to music school and Lucas accepts a job near her.
15. Final Image: Lucas tells her that choosing to be with her is an easy decision.

So, there were so many things I liked about this book. In fact, I enjoyed it more than Beautiful Disaster even though I wasn't as addicted to it as I was to Beautiful Disaster. I loved the dual identity, although I figured it out almost immediately. I loved Erin the friend. I loved the ex and the way the frat bros and sisters all stuck together and Benji (although I don't think he needed to be gay--it's like the author needed a gay person, so she made him that way halfway through the book). I loved that she went back to using her name after the breakup and that she was strong throughout the book. But here are a few things that don't jive with me.

First, if she was THAT GOOD of a Bass player, it would be the focus of her life. I know people that have gone to Julliard, and I know how hard they worked. We're talking practicing at least 5 hours a day. And yet, having music as the main focus in her life seems to be more of an afterthought, like Jacqueline needed some reason to not be at the school--to have wanted to go somewhere else--and so she became a good music person. Very convenient for the author, but not at all believable. There should have been music similes, thoughts of music, translating the world around her into music, especially if she is writing her own music.

Second, I think the main guy had too many jobs. I wanted something more specific to identify him with, like being a closet model for artists, or doing murals in fancy houses, or something. He was too diluted.

Last, I just wanted more. There were times when the author told instead of showed, and I wanted the showing. I wanted each moment I could get and sometimes it just wasn't enough.

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