Date released: October 12th, 2010
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
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
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
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