Release Date: October 26th 2010 by HarperCollins
Summary (via Goodreads): Bright Young Things is the first in an epic four-book series about three teenage girls finding their way in the glittering metropolis of New York City and the glamorous mansions of Long Island. It’s 1929 and Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey have escaped their small Midwestern town to chase big dreams and even bigger secrets. In New York, they meet Astrid Donal, a flapper who has everything she could ever want, except for the one thing Letty and Cordelia have to offer—true friendship. Set in the dizzying summer before the market crash, against the vast lawns of the East End and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls will find romance, intrigue, and adventure.
Just as The Luxe books brought the Gilded Age to readers of Gossip Girl, Bright Young Things will bring the Jazz Age to bestselling author Anna Godbersen’s devoted fans and to new readers alike.
I really loved Anna Godbersen's Luxe series. It's kind of lazy to call it Gossip Girl in the late-19th-century, but it kind of is in the sense that it follows privileged (and those that wish they were) teens in New York—however it's infinitely better than Gossip Girl and there's no Vanessa to bore you to death.
I love that Godbersen's taking another look at New York teens in a whole new decade. New York has such a fascinating history and she really does her homework giving the reader, whether they know New York or not the feeling that they are there. As I was reading her Luxe series I was picturing how the streets I walk every day would look to Diana or Elizabeth. There's always been an element of excess and a huge divide between the "haves" and the "have nots" in New York and I'm so excited to see how she's going to play with that, especially given what comes with the stock market crash.
I don't know about you, but the roaring '20s can't get here fast enough.
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