The year is New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen, author of the bestselling Luxe series, introduced the girls of , girls with big dreams and big secrets in the big city. . Bright Young Things (October 12, ); Beautiful Days (September 20, ); The Lucky Ones (November 27, ).
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Return to Book Page. The year is 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. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with The year is 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 But Astrid’s perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets. Hardcover1st Editionpages. Published October 12th by Harper first published October 1st Bright Young Things 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bright Young Thingsplease sign up. Is this series a trilogy or a quartet like The Luxe?
Ashley A trilogy, with just three. See all 5 questions about Bright Young Things…. Lists with This Book. Dec 12, Navessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just finished binge-watching Peaky Blindersand I just re-read, and was once again disappointed by, The Great Gatsby.
I picked godbersem book up because I wanted to read something, anythingset in the s. I have to admit that I was a bit dubious when I first spied the cover.
I mean, come on, a beautiful flapper girl in an ephemeral dress, wearing a Mona L I just finished binge-watching Peaky Blindersand I just re-read, and was once again disappointed by, The Great Gatsby. I mean, come on, a beautiful flapper girl in an ephemeral dress, wearing a Mona Lisa smile? Imagine my surprise when, in the first two paragraphs of the book, I found this to be not only much more somber brlght I first surmised, but also well-researched and well-written.
Every dawn seemed to promise fresh miracles, among other joys that are in short supply these days. And so I will try to tell you, while I still remember, how it was then, before everything changed — that final season of an era that roared. By the summer ofwhen the annz was just getting warm enough that girls could exhibit exactly how high hemlines had risen, Prohibition had been in effect for so long it had ceased to bother anyone much.
The city had a speakeasy per every fifty souls, or so the preachers liked to exclaim on Sundays, and sweet-faced girls from the hinterlands were bodbersen longer blinded by wood alcohol, for the real stuff had become plenty easy to get.
The Eighteenth Tuings had converted us all to grateful outlaws.
Set in New York City during the summer ofit follows the lives, loves and tragedies of three Bright Young Things: Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty. These women flocked to the city along with thousands of others during prohibition because hemlines were higher, the morals were looser, the gin flowed freely, and it was where anyone who had grown too big for their small town went to escape their drab lives in favor of yhings flashier.
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I immediately found myself immersed within their stories. Less than a chapter in, I forgot I was even reading. In these times of short attention spans and fractured sentences, the long, beautifully descriptive passages of yesteryear are falling to the wayside.
It leaves those of us who grew up with the classics and the never-ending, Dickensian style run-on sentences bereft. So hell yes, Anna Godbersen, for penning these gorgeous, free-flowing, sometimes paragraph long sentences. They say that it defines an era. While reading Bright Young ThingsI felt it.
This book perfectly captures what comes to mind when I think about the s. While I was lost within its pages, something magical happened: I was feverish, infected by the craic of a bygone era. I forgot that I live in a cold world of computers, where people prefer to communicate through devices instead of speaking aloud. For a few fleeting hours, I lived in a time where anything was possible.
Where, for the first time in history, farm girls could find fame on stage. Where coal miners made their fortunes from contraband grain alcohol. Where oil tycoons and cab drivers rubbed elbows at underground boxing matches. Everything is not sunshine and roses within this book. This is not a romance novel. To me, their realistic portrayal was part of the genius of this novel.
By the time I climbed to the climax of the story, I was wound so tight that I was holding my breath, because I knew, I just knewthat heartbreak lay around the turn of the next page.
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And I was right. And I loved every minute of it. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest View all 44 comments.
Jan 09, Carol Storm rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Spoiled rich girls, masochists, zombies. My God how this book sucks!!!! The Twenties are my favorite time period, and F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite godberen. So I totally get the idea of setting a fast-paced, sexy story in New York City in the Younng, and focusing on the schemes and dreams of godnersen “flappers” who are each chasing a different desire.
And a believable plot. And you need a setting that’s realistic and fascinating and deta It Sucks! And you need a setting that’s realistic and fascinating and detailed. But this book has none of that.
Empty-headed girls, unattractive boys, a weirdly fake background that has almost no connection to the real Twenties world. Reading this book was like a long, slow death! First of all, these three girl characters are annoying.
Cordelia is the best of them, she’s tough and she genuinely wants to find her long-lost father, who’s thingz a famous bootlegger.
But once she finds him it takes about five minutes for her to begin lying to him and going behind his back, chasing after a boy with zero sex appeal, no energy and no character.
And this is the one girl I liked!!! Letty wants to be a singer. She’s four feet tall and has a mental age of five. She shows zero brain power, character, or any real interest in learning the trade of an actual musician. She’s got “victim” written all over her. Oh, and she has a dog named Good Egg. Rotten Egg is more like it! Last of all, there’s Astrid. I thinggs, I get who she’s supposed to be. She’s the golden girl, the princess in the tower.
But my god this girl ia a tedious, spoiled, annoying, shallow bitch! At least Daisy could be witty, funny, bdight playful when she wasn’t breaking hearts. Astrid just sulks and whines for two hundred pages, literally about nothing.
Now this is not a spoiler, but the book begins with a big tease about how “one girl will be married, one girl will be famous, one girl will be dead. One little spoiled brat youung be godberzen and jumping into a roadster and I would be chanting, “crash. But no such luck! And every time the bootlegger’s girl whipped out her six shooter and started babbling about family honor I was just praying, begging, pleading for her to shoot herself by mistake! Aside from good characters, a good plot, and people you care about.
It’s New York, in the Twenties. Jazz is hot, but. Where’s the Cotton Club?