Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson

Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1)
Read in: August, 2012
Format: Ebook
Source: Bought
Star Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: (From
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.

Was slightly hard to get interested in. It was a little slow at the beginning, but by about 20% into the novel I was hooked! 

Where do I begin? Okay, first off, look at that gorgeous cover! Ack, love. The plot was surprisingly very well done, especially after my dislike of the LUXE series (the first book was great, the rest of the books fell through). Cordelia was one tough cookie. Letty, although small and fragile, could hold her own. While her naive ways could be annoying, she made some pretty child like decisions and still made her way out on top. 
Astrid and Charlie are the not so golden couple. They argue, make up, argue again. Astrid is a serious airhead. Charlie is petty and jealous. But I get the feeling some great things will happen with these two. 
I found the idea of bootlegging a genius twist to the story and made it stand out! I love love love crime drama, especially when it comes to the mob. This aspect gave the story some flair and, in my opinion, set it apart from The Luxe. 

A fresh, poignant take on the Jazz Age. The 1920's are a rarely talked about era, except for the Stockmarket Crash, but this little window into history is a gem and a new favorite Young Adult novel! 

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