Title: Bright Young Things. The year is 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. 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…. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous.
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Title: Bright Young Things. The year is 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.
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…. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. Why did I the book: Jazz! How could I not want to read it? The book follows three girls, alternating point of view between them. The story opens in Union, Ohio where Cordelia Grey is getting married to her boyfriend after being caught in flagrante delicto.
Just before going into the church she tells her best friend Letty that that night, they are taking the train not the midnight one and leaving for New York to follow their dreams.
Cordelia is secretly searching for a father she never knew and Letty wants to be a Star. Meanwhile, in New York, Astrid spends her time being altogether glamorous and exciting. The opening chapters are quite entertaining. The author succeeds in describing the setting, the Big City, the atmosphere which is full of exciting opportunity for those trying to change their lives. That goes extremely well with regards to Cordelia and Letty and their arrival in New York.
On the other end of the spectrum, Astrid is moneyed and beautiful and uses both to do as she pleases in order to have a good time, with or without her boyfriend Charlie. But that is only at first glance. Once the story gets moving, things start happening at speed of light, it is hard to keep up when events are thrown at the reader one after the other. As soon as they arrive in NY Cordelia and Letty have a huge fight and separate.
As soon as they separate, both get exactly what they want: Cordelia finds her father, who is a known gangster and bootlegger and who accepts her with open arms — publicly and without even blinking. All of a sudden, Cordelia is a heiress, with a loving father and an insta-friend in Astrid, the flapper. Meanwhile Letty, finds her own insta-friend to replace her oldest friend in the world, who helps her get a job, a place to stay and who gives her advice on auditions.
I think that the greatest gripe I have with the book, is that the author takes no time at all with any of the storylines or any of characters. As soon as the characters are established, they start to behave completely differently from what we have been let to believe they would. For example: Cordelia, as soon as she arrives in NY, she falls in insta-love with some dude she meets at a bar. Similarly, the insta-friend who helped Letty so much, decides to change her mind, equally out of a sudden and just sends Letty away.
Of course, all of that only add conflict to the story which is always a good thing, but not when it is so blatantly unnatural. It is as though the characters change their behaviour to move the plot along. And because everything happens so fast, within such a short period of time two weeks , it is really hard to care or believe in any of that. Plus, even thought to start with, the descriptions of the Era of Jazz are exciting, soon it becomes a lot of the same: was the 20s all about flappers, starlets, speakeasies?
Astrid was definitely my favourite thing about the book although I am uncertain as to how to approach her character. Perhaps that was the real tragedy in the book. You can read both here:. Browse Inside this book. Get this for your site Additional Thoughts: I would love to read more books set in this time period. Any recommendations? Ana Grilo is a Brazilian who moved to the UK because of the weather. No, seriously. Reviews can haz spoilers, though. I will give it a pass now.
All the best, RKCharron. This caught my eye at the bookstore the other day, and I was looking forward to your review. Agreed with Estara, Whistling in the Dark was amazing! I reviewed it a few months ago. Well worth the money. Estara, John, thanks for the recommendation. The book sounds wonderful, so I just went and bought it for my Kindle! From an entertainment perspective I enjoyed this one.
I think Astrid was pretty much the only one with the exception of Charlie maybe who was pretty true to her character throughout.
I picked it […]. I fell in love. I wish I could just jump right in! I was a little sad at the ending of the last book.. I i hope anna makes more books!! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. How did I get this book: Bought. You can read both here: Browse Inside this book.
By Ana. Ana November 22, at pm Estara, John, thanks for the recommendation. Michelle November 23, at am From an entertainment perspective I enjoyed this one. Estara November 23, at am Yay! Book enabled! Follow booksmugglers on Instagram Instagram has returned invalid data. Browse Inside this book Get this for your site.
DNF Series Review: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:. The year is 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. 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….
Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things Series #1)
This is about how I felt reading The Luxe. Not bad, but kind of meh too. I wasn't as captivated by the book as I was by the cover. You have piqued my interest with that prologue though. I may have to snag a copy and read that part at least. I like you have been looking forward to it, but now I'm not so sure. Think I need to sleep on this one, but thanks for the great and honest review!