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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: Bright Young Things

Title: Bright Young Things
Author: Anna Godbersen
Series: Bright Young Things #1
Publisher: Penguin
Published: October 12th 2010
Source: Penguin Australia for review

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.

With an air of sophistication and grandeur, a mysterious narrator firstly prepares readers for a tale about three young girls. Each have a different dream: one wishes to become famous, one wishes to be married and one wishes to find her family. In the lush 1920's, the roles of women were changing and Bright Young Things is a magnificent telling of the difficult journey three friends take to make something of themselves in the real world.

On the night after her unwanted wedding, Cordelia Grey and her friend, Letty Larkspur, take a one-way train to the glamorous New York to live the lives they've always dreamed of. In their hometown, the narrow-minded townsfolk don't appreciate Letty's femininity or Cordelia's boldness, expecting women to be practical and behaving. Already in New York is Astrid Donal, the socialite girlfriend of Charlie Grey. While Cordelia and Letty begin their stay in New York together, some misunderstandings lead to their separation before fate steps in and intertwines all of their worlds. I absolutely loved that they were all connected in some way! The trio hit their absolute highs together, and their lows, and together climb back onto their feet to triumph once again. This is truly a rollercoaster ride!

The best thing about Bright Young Things is the relationships between the girls, their families, friends and beaus. There is no question in my mind that they carry the story and keep readers invested from beginning to end. Some relationships will have you giggling like a lovesick schoolgirl, some will have you weeping and some will have you fuming while others are simply comforting with their warmth. Mysteries and adventures are littered throughout this novel and you'll really enjoy exploring the scandals, highlights and lowlights of their lives.

If you wish to enjoy an authentic frolic in the fascinating Jazz Era, Godbersen's classy novel will have you roaring with joy. These ambitious girls will worm their ways into your heart and have you invested in the stories they tell. Overall, these well thought out plots and characters will make for an enjoyable read. Be prepared for a wowing sequel!
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