A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
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.
Quite honestly I've left it too long to do this review and I won't do the book justice now so the bit that follows is going to be my random musings about it.
I loved easy. I loved it entirely for a variety of reasons. The best bit about the book is the gorgeous relationship that develops over the entire story between Jacqueline and Lucas. It is sweet and tender and wonderfully romantic throughout. I found myself falling for the boy in the same way Jacqueline did. I loved how tender he was with her and the way in which he protected her without being over the top.
This book also does issues well. There is a story line involved attempted and actual sexual assault. These were done in a sensitive way and not done in an over the top way. It added to the story rather than taking it over but didn't make it trival either.
The relationship between Jacqueline and her best friend Erin is also brilliant. I loved how they backed each other up over and above the boys in their life. There were some really funny moments between them.
A fabulous read I devoured in one sitting and loved entirely and one that proves that self published books can be good.