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Monday, May 16, 2011

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties. Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star. . . .
Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined-and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will.
The only person Cordelia can trust is ­Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.
Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the ­illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall-together and apart. From the New York Timesbestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.
                                                                -Chapters Canada

As a big fan of The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, I just had to read Godbersen's new book debuting a new series: Bright Young Things. 

Hold that thought...

So I did have a completely well written post done for this book, about 2 weeks ago, but Blogger was down (as many of you probably already know) and it got erased. My comments were restored, but unfortunately only about one sentence of my amazing review was left.

And if some Blogger tech person is reading this, I still do very much want my post restored!

So after careful consideration through my rage and sadness, I have decided that I shall not try and write the post to its original glory, but instead highlight some of my overall thoughts on the book. So here goes:

-Although at the beginning I found myself pining for The Luxe series, and reminiscing in it's awesomeness, Bright Young Things did eventually win me over.

- I feel that it portrayed the roaring 20's truly and uniquely from other novels based in this time period.

- I felt myself turn over my trust to Godbersen, who never fails to wow me with her character development and twists in her books. Even though I don't know where the story is headed, and what is going to happen to every character, I just kind of relaxed into it, instead of playing out how I want it to happen, like I do in most books. I know that Godbersen will not let me down, and am very much looking forward to the next installment.

- The heroines were all so amazingly strong and I loved them. Cordelia was so astonishingly real and powerful, and took the city on her own terms. Letty was innocent and heartbreaking, but I know she will prevail. And Astrid provided the contrast that we needed, that maybe isn't very contrasting to our small town girls as we think.

- I adored that the girls spent the duration of the novel pretty much separate, but seemed to come together in the end, promising me greatness to come.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and cannot stress enough that I love Anna Godbersen and her writing style. She is one of my favourite authors and has the rare ability to make me trust where she is taking me in the novel, which pretty much never happens to control freak me :)

Hope this suffices--Cheers & Enjoy♥


  1. Holly~

    I also really really enjoyed this one! Anna G. is just amazing at writing historical fictions novels and you can't help but feel like you are right there in that particular era. The drama and intrigue are great as well! Thanks for the review :)

    Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

  2. I enjoyed Anna G's ability to create such a great setting! But I didn't really like the story as much. I'm glad to hear you did though! :)


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