Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie

I love Ruta Sepetys- her writing is phenomenal and superb. I’m a sucker for anything that she writes, so that’s why I felt I had to do a playlist. Sometimes reviews just aren’t enough.

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)


  • Nobody’s Home by Avril Lavigne

This is a song for Josie’s mother and many of the girls at the brothel. They’re all “lost inside” and struggling to find themselves. In fact, this song is also for Josie. She has an inkling of who she is, but it isn’t very clear.


  • Firework by Katy Perry

Even though Out of the Easy is dark and gorgeous, it still has a bubbly and happy feel to it. For some reason I can’t explain, I know St. Peter will call my name,  Firework seems to fit with this book.


  • The A Team by Ed Sheeran

This is the song that totally describes the brothel and Josie’s mother and what Josie is going through. I’ve always admired this song, but I love the ability for this song to relate to Out of the Easy (or the other way around?).


  • Moments by One Direction

Josie has some of the most caring people supporting her. Moments is a song about dedication- dedication also reminiscent in Out of the Easy.


  • Arms by Christina Perri

You know that light, bubbly feel I said Out of the Easy gave me? It’s also in this song called Arms. I’m a huge Christina Perri fan, and I especially love this song.


  • The Moment I Knew by Taylor Swift

That was the moment I knew- that my mom has issues, that I want to learn, that there’s this seriously cute guy I kind of like. (That’s from Josie’s point of view). The feel of The Moment I Knew is tragic and intense, like some parts of this book.


  • Hothouse by 78violet

78violet is the grown up name for Aly and AJ. Remember them? Well, they’ve got this new song, and it’s freaky good. Plus, it so goes with Out of the Easy, especially the seven minute long music video they produced themselves!