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Ruta Sepetys first captured my heart with Between Shades of Gray. Then she took it again with Out of the Easy. Out of the Easy was one of my favorite books of 2013. So of course I had to create a playlist for it!

About Out Of The Easy:

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny. (Goodreads)


  • Stay With Me by Sam Smith

This is the story between Josie and New Orleans. Although I’m positive that some of the things mentioned don’t appear in Josie’s relationship, the “stay with me” gist of things is universal for all relationships. Plus, Sam’s voice is perfect.


  • The A Team by Ed Sheeran

Josie is the daughter of a prostitute. End of story.


  • Love Runs Out by OneRepublic, cover by Josh Kaufman

If you listen to Josh Kaufman’s version of this, I think you’ll understand why I put this in. HIs voice is soulful and angelic and beautiful. And he won the Voice.


  • New York State of Mind by Billy Joel

Change that to New Orleans State of Mind.


    • All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran

    Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite stars. Although Out of the Easy is a pretty suspenseful novel, it still is full of lighter, charming moments. “All of the Stars” perfectly encapsulates them.


    • Flux and Flow by Lights

    Listen carefully to the lyrics of this song. One line in particular, “But I’m first at the finish line simply ’cause I never left home,” fits with this song. Josie is first at the finish line because she hasn’t left home yet. Sound familiar?


    • Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys

    Do you really wanna know Josie’s story. YES YOU DO. So if you haven’t, read this book now!