Sunday, December 19, 2010

YA Historical Fiction Month: Bright Young Things Review

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: October 12, 2010
Source: Publisher

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.


Bright Young Things was a breathtaking and alluring new novel by the author of The Luxe series that left me dying for the sequel!

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. Reading about their adventures and experiences in 1920s New York City was so exciting and romantic. The clothes, the parties, the people… everything about NYC in the Roaring Twenties was spectacular. I haven’t read too much about that time period so it was great to see it through the eyes of three girls similar in age to me. I loved how each of the three girls has such a unique personality and their aspirations were all quite different, yet their stories wove together in more ways than one.

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


  1. Oh historical fiction, how I love you so. I absolutely loved Anna's The Luxe series, and I have this book on my to-do list. Thanks for the review ;)

  2. Completely agree, the covers are always lovely!!

    I'm waiting to read this one myself - as in waiting for my copy- :) I hope to get my paws on it soon!

    Thanks for the review,


  3. THIS BOOK WAS SOOO PRETTY. I mean not even just the cover, but the writing & the descriptions. Such glamour & glitz!

  4. I love this month at your blog. Like you I only have read the first book in The Luxe series, but I do want to read them all someday. This sounds like a perfect holliday read. Great review.

  5. I need to get this one since the author is coming to Houston next month.

  6. Awesome review, Kelsey! So glad you enjoyed this one! I'm anxious for the next book too =)

  7. Great review! I loved this one as well and can't wait for the next one.


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