Bright Young Things – Anna Godbersen

7719248Author: Anna Godbersen

Rating: 3/5

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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 Times bestselling author of THE LUXE comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.


BYT revolves around the lives of three girls – Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid. Cordelia and Letty are two teenagers from Ohio desperate to make it in the big city. Letty wants to have her name in lights, and Cordelia just wants to find her long lost father, the bootlegger, Darius Grey. Quickly the two girls suffer pitfalls and go their own way. Letty rooms with a group of girls and gets herself a job with them at a club. Cordelia finds her father and befriends Astrid, who just happens to be dating Cordelia’s long-lost brother, Charlie.

From the first page we see Cordelia preparing to marry a bloke because she was caught having premarital sex with him in a very conservative household. From there, Cordelia and Letty pack their bags and rush to the station to board a train to New York, leaving their small-time lives behind in hopes the big apple has more to give them. However, that’s the extent of the excitement until the last fifty or so pages. The plot was dull in places but became engaging every once in a while, only to drop back into sluggishness.

The last few chapters of the book could’ve easily been wrapped up with everything nicely resolved in a big fat bow, but of course, this is a series, and must be dragged on forever. Which wouldn’t be bad – after all, I’ve been reading the numerous Morganville series for years already – but this book seemed like a filler beginning, and there was no plot, or climax, or nothing to drive it. There could have been countless drama to make things more enticing, but was left alone. While it’s a decent enough book to rate three stars, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either.

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