Monday, May 23, 2011

Bright Young Things

Bright Young ThingsBright Young Things Anna Godbersen

In the summer of 1929, Cordelia Grey gets married in rural Ohio and skips town that very night with her best friend, Letty. They're destined for the glitz and glamor of New York City. Cordelia's convinced that the famous bootlegger Darius Grey is actually her father. Letty's convinced she has a spot on the stage. Already in New York is Astrid--girlfriend of Darius's son, Charlie and daughter to a socialite mother who's about to ruin her third marriage.

The cast is much smaller than The Luxe, and I kinda miss the large number of characters, but it has that same gossipy, history soaked drama charm. All of the characters are, to some degree, on the shady side of respectable (or at least end up there). I loved the time period and how well Godbersen immerses you in the 1929 New York, but... it doesn't have the the same drive (? maybe? is that the word I'm looking for?) as The Luxe. I enjoyed it and can't wait until the next one, but it wasn't as compelling as The Luxe and I didn't love love love love it in the same way.

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1 comment:

Abby said...

Jennie, I completely agree. I was really looking forward to this one, but I just didn't find the characters as compelling. There are so many different relationships going on in the Luxe books and I think I missed all the intrigue. Plus, I found myself just waiting for the fall to happen so that everything would be plunged into chaos, but... it all takes place in the summer of 1929...