EASY was not what I expected, in a fabulous way. Webber (BETWEEN THE LINES trilogy) wrote a compelling, insightful, heartbreaking novel about love, overcoming challenges, and finding yourself. College student Jacqueline, the protagonist, finds herself struggling both in and out of class after her boyfriend breaks up with her at the beginning of the semester, and she is sexually assaulted at a party (this happens pretty early on in the book, so I don’t consider it too spoilerish). While sexual assault has been used more often in YA novels as a platform for plot/character growth, Webber easily demonstrates how much a story can be enhanced with that particular plot device if used properly. Jacqueline actively tries to move past her trauma, and I love how her friends support her rather than knock her down. The romance between Jacqueline and fellow student Lucas was also hot, but what I appreciated most was that the characters were more mature. They were both college students with other activities going on in their lives, but whenever they got near each other, I couldn’t help but feel giddy with their chemistry. I also enjoyed the organic and slow build up of Jacqueline and Lucas’s relationship. Lucas was protective with secrets of his own, and I couldn’t help but get teary-eyed when he displayed moments of vulnerability.
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars