Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things

eBook - 2010
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In the spring of 1929, eighteen-year-old Cordelia Grey and her stage-struck friend Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships, particularly with the dazzling Astrid Donal, that change their lives forever.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2010.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062023919
Characteristics: 1 online resource (389 pages)


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BostonPL_JordanD Oct 04, 2014

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 7/22/2011.

Do you like fancy parties, flappers, stage performances, rich dresses, a little side romance, along with a dish of violence? Then this is the series for you. This book, the first in a new series, was a truly fantastic read set in 1920′s New York City. It’s the story of two young girls who move to the city to find themselves and make a name for themselves. Set in a time when it was illegal to sell or drink alcohol, these girls find their way into the speakeasies of the city and into the homes of the greatest alcohol sellers of the time. What they find there, both surprises and scares them. It’s a truly great read, a page turner that’s garunteed to keep you reading late into the night!

Aug 28, 2013

I read this book due to the Luxe series thinking it would be similar but it wasn't but it was a good book overall.

Aug 28, 2013

I loved the Luxe series,and thought this series would be similar,I wasn't disappointed. I liked the Flappers series by Jillian Larkin better, but overall I enjoyed this book.

Jun 04, 2013

I admit, it did take me a while to get into it, but I did. Eventually. I gave it the rating I did because I absolutely loved it!!! When you think of a small town, you think good girls. Think again. The character's antics never fail to amaze me. Way to go, Ana Godberson!

Jun 28, 2012

As a fan of The Luxe, I was drawn to this second series by Anna Godbersen. This book was an enjoyable read, although lacking somewhat in historical details. I would have liked to really feel immersed in the 1920s New York culture and this didn't quite meet the mark. That being said, the characters were likeable and the plot line kept my attention for the 3 or so hours it took me to read this. Overall a solid book but not amazing. I will try reading the sequel though.

Mar 23, 2012

A definite puff piece most suited for YA. Enjoyable enough for a quick beach-type read, but the story has no real meat to it and I felt as though nothing had really happened in the end. There were not enough of the fun period 1920s details and since that was the reason I wanted to read the book in the first place, I won't be reading any of the other books in this series or the Luxe series from this author.

Dec 31, 2011

As a fan of Anna Godbersen, I devoured her Luxe series RIGHT when it came out. Naturally, I am slightly biased towards her novels because I love the 20's and all of the glitz and glamor that comes with the time period that BYT is set in. I love this series more than the Luxe, because the characters are less confusing and less tied up as compared to those in the Luxe. READ THIS! I can't wait to get my hands on Beautiful Things!

Oct 05, 2011

I couldn't finish this book. Usually, no matter how little interest I have in a book, I finish it if I've borrowed this. However, I could NOT get into this story at all. After nearly half of the book I gave up and never finished it.

Jul 30, 2011

Another great series by Anna Godbersen.

Jul 15, 2011

This book was very interesting. I learned a lot about the Roaring Twenties and New York City. I am very excited to read the sequel and find out what happens to Cordelia, Letty and Astrid.

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