Easy by Tammara Webber is not the kind of book I'd normally pick up. But, when Penguin UK sent it to me last week, and I was in the mood for something light, something different, I opened it up. And I was immediately caught in the story.
I know it's 2012. Soon to be 2013. But, this novel put me back into my college days within the first two pages. It's got all the college angst I'd forgotten about: classes three times a week and what happens if you skip a few, midterms, boyfriends, frat parties, dorm life. But it's also got a surprisingly rich plot between Jacqueline and Lucas. Lucas, of the dark hair and graphite smudged fingers, who sits behind her in econ and draws on his pad. Lucas, who turns up when he's most needed, yet has a surprising past of his own from which he's not quite healed.
Is it like the relationship Tolstoy draws between Anna and Vronsky? No. Is it a compelling read which belies the evocative cover? Most certainly.
And, it is the last book of the year for me...a surprisingly satisfying novel with which to close 2012.
Happy New Year!