Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Standalone
Personal Rating: 4/5 (very good)
Yearly Count: 25
Josie Moraine, the daughter of a prostitute in New Orleans, decides to make more of her life than remain in her bleak existence.
This transported me to another world, and kept me fully engaged. It's a quick read, so I was able to finish it in one day. The variety of characters were unique, and they drew me in. Some appeared more often than others, but all were interesting. The storyline, itself, was pretty good. It didn't reach any great heights, but was still satisfying. I have no interest in visiting New Orleans as it is today, but I thought this was an interesting peek into the city as it was back in the 50s. While this one didn't make my Best Reads of 2013 list like Between Shades of Gray did in 2011, I still love the writing style of Sepetys. I think she has a true gift.