Josie Morraine lives in New Orleans in the 1950’s. He mother is a prostitute, who can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble. Josie has bigger dreams for her life, but is still struggling to achieve them. After meeting an East Coast college girl, Josie cooks up a plan of escape. However, when a rich out of towner is murdered and her mother is implicated, things get rather sticky!
This is a great story of rising from your upbringings, for having hope. It demonstrates that no matter how bad life seems we should strive to attain our goals. This book is full of colorful characters, events, and settings. The characters are great because they are not all loveable, and they are not completely loathsome, well not all of them. They are complex and realistic, and just plain fun! The twists and turns really highlight the struggles and triumphs of everyday life. Sepetys has an incredible talent for building meaningful worlds and well rounded characters that tend to stick with you.