Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

This fast-paced book is the perfect choice for light reading, either between your finals studying or when you’re avoiding school completely.  One of our students compared Godbersen’s books to Gossip Girl but back in time, and she was right.  Her books are full of gossip, rumors, fashion, friendship and romance.  This book takes place in New York City during the the Jazz Age of the Roaring Twenties.  It’s the story of three young women, not even out of their teens.  Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur have literally escaped from Union, Ohio, Cordelia from a marriage she felt forced into and Letty from her harsh father and up-at-dawn farm family.  Readers find out Cordelia is looking for the father she never knew while Letty hopes to become a star on Broadway.  Astrid Donal is a stylish, flapper whose mother is on her fourth wealthy husband, and lives a life of luxury.  Cordelia will find out that her father is a wealthy alcohol bootlegger, who lives in a mansion and is thrilled to have her back in his life.  Letty will get a job at at a speakeasy as a cigarette girl, making friends with other young women also seeking their fortunes in the Big Apple.  Astrid turns out to be the spoiled girlfriend of Cordelia’s half-brother Charlie.

The girls’ lives become complicated in ways that are hard to imagine, but I promise you that there is never a dull moment in this book.  As you can probably tell, I loved this book just as much as Godbersen’s previous series called The Luxe, which is about young women in Manhattan during the turn of the twentieth century.  I recommend this title to fans of Godbersen’s earlier books, anyone looking for a light and engaging read, and fans of the Clique series and Gossip Girls.

Here is a LINK to the author’s website, which includes videos, photos, games and even a blog.

Click HERE for a review of Luxe.


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