Book Review: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Friday, August 19, 2011

HarperCollins, 2010; 389 pages; ISBN  006196266X
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars


With the twenties and the prohibition era coming back into style (seen in fashion trends and with shows like Boardwalk Empire) young adult books are no exception.  But this new series by Anna Godbersen is actually exceptional. Although Bright Young Things is a "teen" book, I would recommend it to adults as well. The book is set during the summer of 1929.  Best friends Letty & Cordelia decide to leave their small town for the bright lights of New York City. However, soon upon their arrival they get into a tiff and go their separate ways. Cordelia ends up finding her long lost father, as well as a new love interest and a new best friend in the fascinating and pampered flapper Astrid Donal. Letty also makes some new friends and starts chasing her dreams of stardom on her own. Along the way all three girls find out that not everything that is shiny is made of gold. Just like with the Luxe series I was impressed with Godbersen's writing, her characters, her plot, and all the details of the era. I was able to picture the lavish parties, the bubbly champagne, the drape of the silk and sequin gowns, and the allure and romance that permeated Letty, Cordelia and Astrid's lives.  It looks like the next novel in the series, Beautiful Days, will be released on September 10th and I look forward to devouring that one as well.  I made a book trailer for Bright Young Things, and here it is:


Photo: From Goodreads.com website

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