Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Review: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Hardcover, 389 pages

Released: October 12th 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN13: 9780061962660
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.

My Rating: 4.5 / 5

My Thoughts:

Why haven't I read more roaring 20's books???!! I love this time, full of lavish parties & dressing to the nines, the carefree attitude...I can go on & on.

Bright Young Things is really about the journey of three young girls. Cordelia, looking for her father, Letty in search of fame and Astrid who SEEMS to have it all. As Cordelia & Letty leave their small town of Ohio for New York City,in search of their dreams, they quickly discover there's more then meets the eye. What I loved most about book was the characters, they were so very different and not one stood out. This was all about childhood innocence and growing up quickly, with each girl's journey taking them on a different path.

If you like a fun, quick read that will transport you back in time, this is the perfect read. Finished in one sitting, this one made me wish I was there enjoying the moments too. Now if only there wasn't that ending, leaving me hanging for another year until book two!


  1. I've got this book on my wishlist! It sounds really good. I think I'm going to have to wait until I read Splendor before I pick up this author's newest series, though.

  2. YAY! So glad it turned out to be a good read....was hoping it would. I had the pleasure of reading a teaser booklet (like the first 80 pages or so) and it SO left me wanting more. Might I suggest (if you haven't already read it...sorry, bad memory) checking out a recent release...The Flappers: VIXEN by Jillian Larkin. Another 20s book that is definitely JAKE. ^_^
    Happy reading...and thanks for sharing!

  3. I really liked BYT so will try the Luxe books which I haven't read yet.

  4. I'm skeptical. I've read two of her Luxe series and didn't really like them. Is this book like those ones? if so I might just pass them through...

  5. Great review! I've been looking for more books set in the roaring 20's. :) Thanks for the recommendation.

  6. I'm glad it was a good one. I was hoping to get the whole book at BEA this past year but all we got were sample chapters. Oh well!!! Suspense...