Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Release date: Januari 6, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Challenge: YA Historical Fiction Challenge
1920: Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are two young ladies who want to escape their smalltown Ohio. They board a train to New York City, where hopefully a more exciting life awaits them, which happens instantly. The two arrive at a hostel for unmarried young ladies, but are kicked out of it because they went to a party and drank a bit too much, wich is prohibited by the lady of the hostel.
Cordelia and Letty are out on the street again and the tension between the two results in a fight, whereafter they both go their own way. Cordelia, who is in search of the father she never knew, lands at the house of the bootlegger Darius Grey, from which she is sure he is her real father. There she meets the flapper girl Astrid Dolan, the girlfriend of Darius' son Charlie.
Letty lands in an apartment with a few other girls, flappers who party at night, and going to every dance audition by daylight. She gets a job as a cigarette girl at a theatre, but soon she if offered a more exciting theatre job by a very handsome man who has heard her sing at a speakeasy.
Cordelia finds a complete new life at the house of her newfound dad Darius, but things turn out very grim when she starts dating the son of the rival of Darius, and at the end of the novel, things turn out very dramatically because of this..
As I am a huge fan of The Luxe novels by Anna Godbersen, I couldn't wait for this new series by her to start. And the waiting was worth every minute, because the series just kicks off with the FABULOUS Bright Young Things. From the first page to the last I was hooked into the story of Cordelia and Letty and the amazing side cast. Anna Godbersen did it again, she has created a brilliant new series, with characters that really come alive and the most stunning events, this all set in the glitzy 1920's in New York City and some stately mansions in the lush out of the city. intriques, illegal speakeasies, whealthy bootleggers and wannabe flappers, it all is in this fabulous novel that takes you back in time!