Title: Bright Young Things
Author: Anna Godbersen
Pub Date: October, 2010
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: Get this book immediately and begin reading
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 Goodreads
When I was a teen I loved historical fiction, but sometime after high school ended I stopped reading it. So when I heard that Anna Godbersen was coming out with a new series set in the 1920s I got really excited and remembered how much I enjoyed historical fiction.
I enjoyed The Luxe (I haven't finished the series yet), but Bright Young Things was amazing. The setting, the characters, the plot -- everything is interesting, well written, and works together perfectly. I especially loved the three main female characters. Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid are all so different making their stories interesting, but they're similar enough that the book isn't disjointed.
Beyond characters and plot, the writing style is what really makes the book feel so 20s. Anna really sucks you in to the 1920s and the way the world was and how the privileged lived, as well as the struggling new comers.
I've already talked about the amazing cover in depth here. And the next book's cover is equally amazing.
I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series Beautiful Days.