Genre: historical fiction, romance, drama
Published: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5/5 Stars
"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."- Goodreads
Anyone who has talked to me about books in the last year knows that my love of Godbersen's The Luxe series knows no bounds. That being said I was really worried about reading her most recent historical fiction series. I put off reading Bright Young Things for a long time, but I finally got around to it this week. It blew me away. It was fun, sexy and full of vibrant characters. This is an entirely satisfying read. Set during the last golden days of prohibition era New York City, this glittering novel follows the lives of three girls trying to make a name for themselves in the big city. The glitz and glam of the 1920's is shadowed by the readers knowledge of the economic disaster that looms just beyond the horizon. This idea of fleeting opulence creates an attachment to the characters that is totally enthralling. I loved this one so much that I decided to do a video review so I could gush and gush. Even though I still love The Luxe I think Bright Young Things now tops my list of best young adult historical fiction. 5 fabulous stars for this beauty!
On a side note, I really hate YouTube thumbnails. I look like I'm weeping tears of joy. Close but not quite ;)