Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things #1) by Anna Godbersen

Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1)
Release Date: October 12th, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 389
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Local Library

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-Goodreads

Anna Godbersen is great at writing historical fiction in the 1900's; so how well did she do in the Jazz Age? It would be an understatement if I said if it was just good. It was GREAT. Like this very social and upbeat time era in America, Godbersen writes with style and prose and the distinction of her voice is just awesome and unique. If I could make someone like me like historical fiction, I would probably do nothing but write. 

In this new series, Godbersen follows the stories of three young girls who are all looking for their share of fame and fortune. In a world where everything is shady and slinky, those three are surprisingly like us; big dreams, big hearts, and a whole lot of trouble. Sometimes their unlikeable, sometimes their just stupid, and other times, they kind of break your heart. 

Like in the Luxe series, Anna Godbersen takes the first chapter and kind of tweaks your mind; you go "Really? Is this what's going to happen?" Something else that's very similar is the format; every chapter alternates voices/perspectives. It's what kind of makes a novel of hers; it was one of the many things that kept me racing to finish a chapter, because I wanted to know what happened to another character. Sometimes, it was a little bit slow, but it quickly made up for its fast-paced plots in other areas. 

I can't wait 'till Beautiful Days, which is currently sitting on my 'to-read' shelf until I have enough time to read it. Entertaining and absolutely a novel you can take in one bite, Bright Young Things is sure to cure us of the huge huge HUGE ending that the author gave us in Splendour. This definitely lives up to the standards of The Luxe. 


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