Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Posted by Caitie F on February 2, 2013
Summary from goodreads:
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
Why did it take me so long to read this book? I heard about it a long time ago (I added it to my goodreads to-read list in December of 2010) and knew it was my kind of book! Historical fiction, young adult, and three strong female characters, what more could I really ask for?
It was just so fantastic. So much so that I have the second book in the series sitting next to me (but i have two books I need to read before I get to it). All three characters had great voices and stories. They were very different from each other, which was great because it made the jumping between the stories so much better. The stories overlapped, but all three also had their own stories.
If this book was published now, it might be labeled as new adult – and rightly so. They were all 17 or 18 and dealing with issues and goals beyond the usual young adult book. There aren’t really adult issues in it other than drinking, but it wasn’t underage at the point because all drinking was illegal.
If you are looking for a fun escape into Prohibition New York, look no further than this book. It will take you away to another place and time and show you adventure, love, and friendship.
What is a book has been on your to-read list for a really long time?