First, let's talk about the latest poll, the one that closed last night.
The book chosen (by vote) for our next discussion (May 20th) is Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy. So you guys have practically two months to read it ;)



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Today in the Alley, all day, we will be discussing Easy by Tammara Webber as part of the Alley Reads Online NA Book Club.

A disclaimer: this discussion does contain spoilers. If you have not finished Easy, unless you enjoy spoilers (hey - some do!), please do not scroll past the jump or read the comments. If you are too tempted, well, that's not our fault.




Today's discussion will focus on various aspects of Webber's novel throughout the day; everything from writing, to characters, to plot, and to the major topic of rape that Webber incorporates into her story. And anything else you want to talk about that comes up in the comments throughout the day.


But let's begin with first impressions, lasting impressions, and what this book meant to you.

Leave your thoughts, opinions, questions, and anything else in the comments. Remember to be courteous and kind, constructive and honest. This is a discussion, so please visit often and respond to others' comments, too.

I will, of course, kick us off on this subject.

- Rape, or attempted rape. A n interesting topic to write books about and I think Ms. Webber did a great job approaching the subject. I don't remember where I read this, only that it was from a trusted source, that 1 in every 3 women suffer some kind of sexual harassment during their lives, and most come from people they once trusted. This is big! 

- The love interest. I admit - the books I read need at least a tiny bit of romance and a big part of that is the love interest. In Easy, Ms. Webber created Lucas, who is in my opinion, the perfect damaged boy. My friend Renita Pizzitola said this during an interview last year here on NA Alley: "every guy should be hiding supreme intellect behind bad boy good looks, be highly trained in self-defense and sketch on the side. That’s not too much to ask, right??" 
I totally agree with her!

In the comments below, leave your own comments. Come back as often as you can to keep contributing to the discussion! 



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Time to choose the next Alley Read!!



I promise that soon I'll come up with a Speculative fiction poll ;)

Cheers, 


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  1. Easy is a book that stays with me. I read it shortly after its release because I was already addicted to Webber's writing through the Between The Lines trilogy. Easy feels "easy" to read but that's why I loved it so much. It actually digs much deeper into the major issue without getting heavy or over-dramatic. Like everything T Webber writes, it's subtle.
    I've read quite a few people saying that they don't understand why Jacqueline doesn't report to the police right away, that it is what she SHOULD have done. I think that's really important she didn't because unfortunately that's what happens in most cases. There's always that little element of guilt in the back of every victim, something saying "why was I there? it's my fault" etc... As far as the love interest is concerned, I totally agree with Renita!

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    1. Exactly! People know they should report to the police, but it's not that easy, I think. And there's always the "guilt" ... because some people make the victim think they are to blame for what happened!

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  2. I just finished EASY over the weekend, and loved it.

    I appreciate how Tammara stresses how an attack can actually come from someone we already know and "trust." That's such an important message to get out there. And the self-defense classes are powerful scenes to watch how Jacqueline goes from victim to survivor.

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    1. I know, right? Those self-defense classes were great. Bonus: Jacqueline got to see Lucas there too lol

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  3. I think it is so difficult to make that decision to report a rape, and when you add in it's someone you know it only complicates the decision. I know many people who experienced a form of date rape and didn't report it because they were in a social situation so they didn't think anyone would take them seriously. I haven't read Easy yet, but I am looking forward to seeing how Webber handles this topic. Definitely reading ahead for the next discussion!

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    1. Oh, Jessica, go read it! It's awesome!!
      And Tammara handled the topic like a pro!

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  4. Easy is one of my favourite new adult books, I've decided. I'll admit, my initial impression was that the rape scene was just a ploy to suck readers in, because, after the initial event, it didn't get much attention in the early stages of the book. Clearly, by the time I'd reached the end, that impression was well and truly gone. The self defence scenes were brilliant, particularly the one-on-one lesson with Lucas!

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    1. It's one of my favorites too!
      I love it when a book can mix a serious issue with romance ;)

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  5. Easy was Amazing! One of my favorite books, ever! I was a little shocked a how the rape scene was in the first few pages, but the way Tammara Webber makes you feel what Jacqueline is going threw in those moments makes you think, how would you react if that were you? Especially if it were someone you knew? It would be hard enough to call the police and retell something so horrifyingly personal to someone you don't know. And then there are the "repercussions" for reporting it...Was it my fault? Did I lead him on? No one will believe me. I think that even though she didn't report it, Jacqueline did regret not reporting it, but she also didn't let it define her, she took control of her life, took self defense classes and became a stronger person. And Lucas was Amazing! GAH!!I would spend my life savings at Starbucks!

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    1. LOL I know, right? I agree with all your points. It's easy to stand here, on the outside, and say we would report it. I bet it's completely different if we lived through that. Webber did a great job capturing that.

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  6. I loved this book and I think it brought attention to a really important subject. I found Lucus' support of Jacqueline really sweet. I'm glad to see this book get such great attention.

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    1. Yup! It was one of the first BIG NA titles out there. And it's well deserved.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the idea there would be some apprehensions from segment but i am up for it.Japanese Adult Movies

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  8. I loved this book, and I'm not usually a fan of romance! I liked how there was a great message there as well as the romantic plot, and I thought the characters were very believable. This book got me hooked on New Adult!

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  9. Lol, I'm glad you agree! I still hold every guy to that standard, btw ;)

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