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.I never read The Luxe series, what I still regret until today, because the story seems to be amazing (and I read some spoilers on Amazon) and the covers are gorgeous, so when I got Bright Young Things on my hands, I couldn't wait to start. And the worst day was when it was over.
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. (From Goodreads)
On the first pages the prologue already say to us, how to story is going to finish: Some are going to be happy. Some are going to be sad. And some are going to be dead.
The story starts with Cordelia and Letty, two country girls on the day of Cordelia's unplanned wedding. They don't want to live in that small town of the whole lives, doing the same things every day. They want to go to the big city, to achieve their own dreams. Cordelia wants to find the father that she never knew, because of the dead of her mother and Letty wants to be a super star, just like her mother could be, if she didn't give up on everything to marry her father. They plan to run away, even if that means to leave Cordelia's recent husband behind. And they do. On the night train, they go to London to never look back.
In the book we now about Cordelia, Letty and Astrid's fears, days and most important: boys. Everything is around boys, but like in the other books of Anna Godbersen, we don't know since the the first moment who is going to end up with who, because we have many plot twists, so we always have new surprises along the way. And of course, it's impossible don't identify with some characters along the way. You feel that could be you in their skins and doing the same things that they are doing. I'm excited for the second book of this series that is going to be released in September 20th and it's going to be called Beautiful Days. So to end this review, I'll show you a little piece of the prologue:
So, in you do you bet? Who is going to be married? Who is going to be famous? And who is going to be dead?
I can t remember very many now—although there are three, from that last incandescent summer, whom I resist forgetting. They were all marching toward their own secret fates, and long before the next decaderolled around, each would escape in her own way—one would be famous, one would be married, and one would be dead.That is what I want to tell you about: the girls with their short skirts and bright eyes and big-city dreams.The girls of 1929.
In the end, I give to this book:
I LOVED this book!