For our first book, we're reading Easy by Tammara Webber. I view Webber as one of the first to really breakout of the self-publishing and make a mark for NA books. I felt this was the best one to start with for our first group.
Here's a picture of the book:
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…
He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.
A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy." (Description from Goodreads.com)
Honestly, Easy, is one of those books that everyone should read. I have a Kindle copy and then bought a hard copy to keep for when my own daughter is old enough. I even plan to place post-it's in it to make certain points. Like....
1. If any boys tried what Buck tries. Don't be afraid. Go to the police right away!
2. If a friend tells you something like this has happened, help them get help. Let them know it's not their fault.
3. Sign up for self defense classes. No matter what, I feel every young girl going off to high school and college should have the basic knowledge on how to defend herself.
4. No means no. Even when you are no longer a virgin.
5. That whole, "I''m so frustrated I can't make-out any longer unless we go further" is BS. Totally BS! Look to how Lucas handles this. That's how it should be done.
6. Don't go borrowing trouble by Googling a person. Good lord! Let them tell you.
7. Be your own person inside and outside of the relationship.
8. Bass playing is totally fine with me (I play and hope my kid plays one day).
9. Girl power means sticking together. Girls before bros and all that!
10. Breakup or not, don't let it stop you from living your life. Not from going to class or otherwise. See number 7 for reference.
What does the above list have to do with the story? A lot of the story revolves on the scene set in the first few pages. It takes time for it to unfold and for Jacqueline to talk with her roommate and even Lucas. But from that first scene, everything feels true to how one might handle themselves. Lucas is what one would call a "book" boyfriends. Tattoo bad boy with a heart of gold for Jacqueline. Oh and he's an artist.
Check your local library for a copy of this great book. It's also available at most books stores and even places like Target.