Book Review: Bright Young Things

Book Review: Bright Young ThingsBright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Series: Bright Young Things #1
Published by Puffin on October 12th 2010
Pages: 389

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.

After reading Anne Godbersen's Luxe series a few years ago, I was a little hesitant going into her new series. But after getting a few chapters in, Bright Young Things began to far exceed my expectations.

The tale centers around the young girls: Letty, Cordelia and Astrid. Each vastly different than the other, but with the common goal of making it in the city that never sleeps. Told through alternating points of view, Godbersen details each girl perfectly. From shy Letty to ruthless Cordelia to sweet and sassy Astrid, each girl will steal your heart and have you rooting for them to the very end.

One thing that I have always loved about a Godbersen novel is the historical details. Godbersen is one of those rare authors who can make history come alive. From the glitzy parties to the smokey speakeasies, readers will be dazzled with Godberson's details. I know I was! Bright Young Things is a fantastic start to Godbersen's new series. And cannot wait for the next installment.

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5 responses to “Book Review: Bright Young Things

  1. I was honestly really disappointed with how the storylines of the Luxe series turned out… Do you think I’ll like this one much better? Still hesitant about this one and I’d love to know what I’m in for before I invest my time into another series.

  2. Kate

    Cialina: Personally, I liked the Luxe series. It is not by far an absolute favorite of mine, but I still enjoyed it. In regards to Bright Young Things, not much is different in the style, pacing, writing, etc. The main thing that impressed me is the characters. In Luxe, I found many of the characters to be flat. BYT’s characters are a lot better. My advice is if you are wary.. try the library. If you don’t like it or find things too similar, then you have not invested too much. Since this is only the first novel, I can’t comment yet on how everything will play out since I don’t know. Hope this helps.

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