We haven’t delved into Young Adult books at ‘Lost in a Book’ yet, but that’s only because LitKid has not yet reached YA age. We’re pleased to be able to bring you this advance review of the new YA novel by the critically acclaimed author Ruta Sepetys, thanks to our friend Rosemary, a discerning expert on the best literature for young people of all ages at Quail Ridge Books & Music, our local independent bookstore.

Out of the Easy

By Ruta Sepetys

Young Adult novel

Philomel

Coming in February

Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray, again creates a memorable, strong young heroine mired in a world of deep troubles, but with intelligence and a moral compass to inform her decisions.

Josie Moraine and a cast of richly-drawn characters steep us in the Big Easy of 1950, a conflicting venue of deep betrayals and even deeper loyalties, where temptation and judgment lurk everywhere. Some adults may cringe at giving a book set in a brothel to a teen, but while Josie’s world is realistically portrayed, nothing is graphic. And THIS is a young woman they’d want their daughters to know!

Ages 14+.

~Rosemary Pugliese, Quail Ridge Books & Music

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