Title: Bright Young Things
Author: Anna Godbersen
Series: Bright Young Things
Book #: 1
Reading Level: YA
Published Date: October 12, 2010.
Cover Rating: .5
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.
Welcome to 1929.
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.
This book is about three girls who live in 1929, In New York City. Letty is the small girl with the big city dreams (with the pipes to back them up- she sings), Cordelia is an orphan who is looking for the place where she belongs, and Astrid is the "rich" girl with issues. They all go on this kind of adventure called life that changes them and their circumstances forever. In some ways it's like The Luxe series, the girls have very different personalities, every single one has their unique problems, and it's written in a past time. And like The Luxe series you shouldn't let this puppy go away without reading it darling. It's to die for!
One of the attributes of this novel is the writing. Anna Godbersen has the rare ability to transfer you to whatever time she wishes! Her writing is exquisite, and though she likes to describe a little too much I think it's necessary in order to get you in the mood of the soaring 20s. She specifically likes to describe fashion tidbits, and I'm glad because now I know what I'm going to be wearing for Halloween this year... *wink*
Another part of this book is that you never know what is going to happen in the future. Anna Godbersen isn't afraid to give you a twist. You might expect something to happen, but then she pulls the rug from under you. It's very realistic really, even a minuscule detail in life can change your future forever. Her books are like faerie tales gone wrong, but in a good way. At first everything is perfect, but by the middle/end of it you will be like "Wtf?! Why did this happen?!" I love it.
I absolutely loved every part of this book, even though it was just a tiny bit hard to get into at first, but just a tiny bit. I loved the feel of the time; the parties and the language... It's like every page of the book has it's own tune, and you can't help but sing along.
PS; Read the The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, it's just as awesome with gorgeous covers.