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 Timesbestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.
I’ve only read one other book by Anna Godbersen, The Luxe, which I loved, but I still haven’t managed to make time for the rest of the books. I love how her books combine the stories of a variety of characters and let the reader experience the time period through various points of view. Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid were all fantastic.
The plot was extremely original and full of excitements and intrigue. Each of the girls was dealing with a lot and faced a variety of ups and downs in the Big Apple. The epilogue set the scene for the story and I’m anxious to find out what happens to each of the girls in the sequel since the prologue alluded to some pretty intense endings for them!
Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid each meet a variety of other people over the course of the story and each develops a romance. (Or in Astrid’s case already has one).
I loved Bright Young Things and all of the characters in it. There are so many twists and turns in the plot that I can’t go into with spoiling anything so let me just say- read this book! Fans of The Luxe series will devour it and hopefully it will bring in a whole new wave of YA historical fiction fans.
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars