If you’ve been reading Meg Says posts for a bit, you probably already know what a fan girl I am of Ruta Sepetys. Between Shades of Grey and Salt to the Sea were both incredible books. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, that I finally picked up Out of the Easy at the library. Of course, I’m smacking myself wondering why it took me so long. Sepetys always finds a way to beautifully intertwine stories of history, family, coming into one’s own, and friendship,p and she did it again with Josie Moraine in Out of the Easy. Josie lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. Her mom has her own struggles, so Josie has mostly been fending for herself the past several years. Josie works hard, and she has dreams to leave New Orleans – to go to college, to experience a life bigger than the Quarter. Out of the Easy is filled with so many tender moments that tug on your heartstrings, funny moments as Josie’s genuine character comes to life on the page, and that reminiscent style that reminds you no matter what decade people are living in, young girls experience a lot of similar rollercoaster emotions. With a mysterious death in this story, I’d say it lingers on a bit of mystery – which is great, it adds to the dimension of the story. This is also a prime example, of not being able to choose the family you’re born into, but the bonds and relationships you create with the people around you are what matter most in life – those people become your family. I basically read Out of the Easy in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened, and even when my heart ached for Josie in some chapters, I knew she’d rise above her circumstance. If you’re familiar with New Orleans, it’s fun to imagine the places we see now about 70 years ago, too. I could imagine the busy streets, and hear the hum of the music, and picture the wild parties in those grand southern mansions. If you’re not familiar with Ruta Sepetys work yet, I’d recommend reading all of her books this weekend. If you’ve already read the first two I mentioned, go ahead and dive in to Out of the Easy.