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[edit]. Bright Young Things (October 12, ); Beautiful Days (September 20, ); The Lucky Ones (November 27, ). Bright Young Things. by Anna Godbersen. In the Roaring Twenties, three girls chase their dreams across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies . Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen, author of the bestselling Luxe series, introduced the girls of , girls with big dreams and big secrets in the big city.

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Along the way, they hook up with socialite Astrid, a wannabe Daisy with twice the shallowness and none of the wit or charm, forget instantly all about their humble roots and get caught up in wish-fulfillment Cinderella fantasies that inevitably come tumbling down around their ears.

Astrid, on the other hand, has grown up in New York in luxury. You had a perfect opportunity to create kick-ass female characters in an era where women were definitely starting to feel empowered but SO TYPICALLY made them into brainless idiots dependent on the males.

One of them could be considered ‘poor’ but she still wears pretty dresses and drinks champagne at parties and doesn’t ever really face the struggles real time period poor girls would have.

There’s drama, gossip, deep characters, and her historically accurate prose just makes me giddy. Where oil tycoons and cab drivers rubbed elbows at underground boxing matches.

Starts out with a forboding prologue, then alternating between several characters who are each screwing up their sparkling, carefree lives in different ways. This book was so good! Are you buying the book right now? But once she finds him it takes about five minutes for her to begin lying to him and going behind his back, chasing after a boy with zero sex appeal, no energy and no character. So hell yes, Anna Godbersen, for penning these gorgeous, free-flowing, sometimes paragraph long sentences.


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With the fringe and the headbands and the pearls and the feathers. I want to smoke candy cigarettes out of impossibly long holders and attend late night parties with jazz bands and not wake up ’til 2pm.

She seems more like a secondary character that has some time in the spotlight. This is not a romance novel. Vixen Flappers, 1 by Jillian Larkin is another book brighg is centered around the s during the prohibition.

I can almost imagine the clothes, the cars and the clubs in my head. I liked the easy, flowing writing style, the bitchy but interesting characters, and the era, of course. These are complicated young ladies living in extraordinary tgings, and it is a voyeuristic joy to glimpse their helter-skelter lives. All three girls think rather highly of themselves for no discernible reason so when their miraculous ascents are halted by some clumsy deus ex machina, I felt relieved and vaguely gleeful.

But I enjoyed Cordelia getting to know her dad and brother, befriending Astrid. Nright really sympathized with her story.

Bright Young Things Series

There really never was a dull moment. I usually hate Prologues that take place in the future, but hers only vaguely hint at what’s to come, making me turn the pages faster to figure things out!


I was shocked that she could drop Letty just like that. And those last few chapters!

I really enjoyed reading this book!! I need book two, like yesterday! The women are made all the more fascinating for the men in their complicated lives. In these times of short attention spans and fractured sentences, the long, beautifully descriptive passages of yesteryear are falling to the wayside. The three girls were regular girls who godhersen happen to live in that time.

Even though we’ve fast forwarded 20 years from the Luxe, it’s nice to see an attention to detail that this author makes in capturing the little things another writer might leave out. This first book in the Bright Young Things series follows the godbdrsen girls over a few weeks which will change all of their lives.

Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1) by Anna Godbersen

Oct fodbersen, Emily Crow rated it liked it Shelves: Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty. Okay, except maybe for Cordelia’s aunt. This is truly a rollercoaster ride! I’m an extremely proud history major and geek. They have strengths, and they have weaknesses. Okay, Cordy’s father mentions the Italians, I think once.