Title: Bright Young Things
Author: Anna Godbersen
Series: Bright Young Things #1
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
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.
Let me start out by saying that I now want to be a flapper. The author did such a phenomenal job immersing the reader into the 1920s era that you can’t help but want to be a part of it. The language, the vibe, the dresses, the jewelry – what’s not to love?!
I was hooked from the get-go with Bright Young Things. The main characters – Cordelia, Letty, and Astrid – each have something exciting and fun to contribute to the book. You can’t help but love them one minute, get frustrated with them the next, and then go back to loving them. Such the emotional roller coaster!
I have to say that my favorite character of the three was Cordelia. She is so confident and sure of herself, and puts on a believable front even when she isn’t. You can’t help but be drawn to her. Even though I may have wanted to strangle her at some points, she was the character I most identified with.
And sweet, innocent Letty – what a character! She is so shy and cute and naïve and the poor girl gets such a wake-up call in New York. I felt myself feeling sorry for her at times but then realized this was only just the beginning. I think Letty’s character will definitely become more developed in the next book.
Astrid is my complete opposite in so many ways. She’s flirty, vivacious, confident to the point of arrogant, and gets what she wants no matter what. And still, I absolutely loved her! I lived vicariously through her because she had the audacity to pull some stunts I would have never thought of in my wildest dreams.
I seriously cannot wait for Beautiful Days to come out in 2011 (UGH, do I really have to wait that long?!). I think Cordelia is going to encounter some interesting situations being the daughter of a bootlegger. I think we are going to see a lot more of Letty and her progression as a performer. And I really have no idea what to expect from Astrid – which I think fits perfectly for her!