Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Author: Anna Godbersen
Bright Young Things #1
Published by HarperCollins
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary: (From Goodreads)
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 Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.
Bright Young Things was a very great and higly entertaining novel that I enjoyed reading. I was snapped to attention and greedily flipped pages by the end of that prologue. Man, that was a killer (killer) prologue.
This book was all about the intriguing Jazz Age, and three girls living right in the center of it in New York City. I was looking forward to this book because I knew that nobody would be able to portray the era better than Anna Godbersen. I was correct! I loved learning about the 20s era, which I have recently sparked an interest in. Besides that, I loved reading about the three girls caught right in the middle of it. Astrid, Letty, and Cordelia all had very different personalities, and ended up leading three very different lives in this book, and I absolutely loved loved loved reading about each of them! There were definitely three (or more of two, since Astrid and Cordelia lived a similiar lifestyle,) aspects that I enjoyed.
I also loved how Anna Godbersen skillfully split off into the other girl's POV (from third person,) each chapter, or at least every few chapters.
I did enjoy this novel a lot, but I felt at times I was expecting more. I know it's a very different time compared to The Luxe (the author's other series,) but there were certain times where I had this feeling that I expected a little more from this book. There were also times that I felt like screaming at the three girls, when they made some pretty stupid choices. I understand that that's really a part of a book, but that didn't stop me from being annoyed. Neverless, it was still a great book, though I'm not sure whether I like The Luxe series or Bright Young Things better.
There were some pretty crazy happening in Bright Young Things, but I can tell that there's going to be some explosive plot twists coming up for this series! I believe it is set to be a series of four books, and I want every one right now!