Last night, BookPage had the pleasure of attending the Penguin launch party for Out of the Easy, the second novel from best-selling author Ruta Sepetys! Out of the Easy hits bookstores next Tuesday, February 12.
Out of the Easy is the story of Josie Moraine, the daughter of a prostitute, who dreams of changing her stars and one day leaving the French Quarter of New Orleans for college—but a mysterious murder threatens her plans. Our reviewer wrote of Out of the Easy:
“Out of the Easy has a mystery at its center, but in many ways it’s a book about family and how the ones you’re born to aren’t necessarily your true tribe. Rough-edged and glamorous by turns, this is a wild ride worth taking.”
Sepetys shared with us some fascinating (and dangerous!) stories from her research visits to New Orleans, including a trip to a legendary brothel. An upcoming edition of our Children’s Corner e-newsletter will include a Q&A with Sepetys, so if you aren’t already receiving our children’s books e-newsletter, sign up here!
As fun as it was to chat with Sepetys, it was also wonderful to hear praise for the young adult genre as a whole. Penguin shared some heartening statistics about several YA favorites, including John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Sepetys’ first book, Between Shades of Gray.
The Fault in Our Stars has spent a whole year on the New York Times bestseller list, and it was named Time magazine’s Best Book of the Year—not just in children’s, but in all books. Between Shades of Gray spent 16 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and is quickly becoming required reading for high school students around the world.
Are you excited about Out of the Easy?