Friday, April 6, 2012

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Publisher: Harper
Date released: October 12th, 2010
Pages: 389

   Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur have escaped their small town in Ohio to the dazzling bright lights of New York during the 20's. They enter a world full of cigarettes, speakeasies, and glamor; where their wildest dreams or their most horrid nightmares can come alive.

    Cordelia is in search of her long-lost father, an infamous bootlegger. But when she lands herself in one of his parties, she won't believe how much can change overnight. After she gets past the whirlwind romances and fancy dresses, she doesn't know who she can trust anymore. But she does have a friend in Astrid Donal, an extravagant flapper who is her brother's lover. Deep beneath the surface of Astrid's rose tinted world are family secrets and relationship calamities just waiting to be surfaced.

    Letty has huge dreams of becoming an actress and seeing her name in lights. When she catches the attention of a wealthy man after singing, she comes to discover there is so much more to give to be famous than just talent. When she realizes what girls have to do to claw their way up to the top, her dreams are on the brink of shattering.

    Bright Young Things is about three young girls during the Roaring Twenties. This was a time when America was prosperous, and when women began to revolutionize. They would wear make up,cut their hair short, wear skimpier dresses, and spend their nights drinking and dancing. It's personally one of my favorite time periods to learn about in history class!

    The author created an exceptional atmosphere! The tone and writing fit perfectly for the time this novel is set in! I could imagine myself swaying to the jazz music and feeling as infinite as the characters did.

    This book is set in the eyes of three young girls. You might imagine this to be a bit hectic, but the author did a great job. The girl's lives are intertwined, so it was quite easy to catch up. The characters really helped me absorb into the story. I could see how they lived day to day, and their thoughts. Anna Godberson, you are a pro at helping the reader fully get into shoes in historical fiction!

    Bright Young Things was a great book! There were parts that dragged on, but if you trudge through it, you'll be satisfied! I highly recommend this to fans of historical fiction!

Plot: 4 stars
Cover: 4 stars

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