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Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things Series #1)

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Better than the Luxe series

Before anything else I need to say that while I read Godbersen's Luxe series, I was not a fan. I enjoyed it, but it simply wasn't a favorite of mine. Historical fiction is, however, a favorite of mine, so I had to check out this series too. I liked it. A lot more than I...
Before anything else I need to say that while I read Godbersen's Luxe series, I was not a fan. I enjoyed it, but it simply wasn't a favorite of mine. Historical fiction is, however, a favorite of mine, so I had to check out this series too. I liked it. A lot more than I anticipated and a lot more than Godbersen's previous series.
The setting of the end of the 1920s decade allows, I suppose for a faster pacing. We follow Cordelia and Letty accustomed themselves to New York after leaving Union, Ohio and we get to know Astrid and her boyfriend Charlie.

Cordelia, for the most part I did not like Cordelia. I did like that she would sacrifice anything to get what she wanted. Throughout the book we see her get rid of John, sacrifice Letty's trust in her and Charlie's trust in her. Darius Grey even commends her on this character trait. Of course by the end of the book we see how this backfires. I was sad about how it happened, but Cordelia truly had it coming. How could she possibly chose Thom before the family she had wanted all her life? How? Also I think she is the only reason I'm giving this book four instead of five stars, but at the very, very end she was okay.

Letty is so naïve. She is talented and she can sing and hopes to make it and becomes a star. I think her innocence is endearing, but her crying sometimes is a bit too much. For being the most naïve and fragile of the three girls she certain has it the toughest throughout the book. Through her we learn more of the night life in the 1929s, after parting ways with Cordelia, she's the one that gets employed as a cigarette girl, struggles to make it as a singer only to have it blow up in her face.

Astrid, I must confess she is my favorite. Her character is probably shallow in many ways and she won't be the poster girl for feminism any time soon but for being a socialite I think her character traits are quite accurate. Astrid is the poor rich girl, yet she's a true friend once she decided to be. Her whole earring confusion with Charlie had me laughing so hard. Astrid and Charlie, I liked this couple, while Charlie is not always likeable I think Astrid is his soft spot. I do hope the next book in the series brings good things for this couple.
I'd recc'd this book for the Luxe series lovers, and those who enjoyed Vixen by Jillian Larkin. While the books are set on the same era and follow three different girls the similarities end there. Bright Young Things is an enjoyable YA historical novel, the pacing is just right and the characters are lovable just enough. Godbersen is great at painting the picture of the era around her characters and the pacing is great because she switched the focus on the three girls effortlessly. I do wish John would come back into Cordelia's life in the next book, but that's just me being a romantic.

posted by shmy on November 29, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

okay

excited at first. takes awhile to get the point. struggled to finish. might not by second.

posted by spongebob123 on February 18, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2011

    okay

    excited at first. takes awhile to get the point. struggled to finish. might not by second.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    BEWARE

    I already purchased this book but that is not reflected in the listings as it should be. THAT said, I enjoyed this very much.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    It was okay. I got this book as part of free Fridays & deci

    It was okay.

    I got this book as part of free Fridays & decided to give it a try. Had a lot of potential & as soon as I thought it would take off it didn't.

    Spoiler: the book was too unrealistic! Girl shows up on the doorstep of a rich mobster & he just welcomes her in? Doesn't seem to investigate her at all. The story was very predictable, of course she falls in love with the son of the rival mobster. I also had a hard time relating to the characters, they didn't seem believable & neither did some of the situations they were put it. I did like the settings! Not sure I would want a teenage girl reading this as the none of the female characters seemed to have any morals.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

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    Wonderfully written

    Reading Bright Young Things is like being dropped into The Great Gatsby, with just as much intrigue and drama. We are following Letty and Cordelia as they escape rural Ohio and take the train to New York City. Both girls are trying to do separate things, Letty wants to make it big on the stage and has a very good voice. Cordelia is in search of her father, who she finds out is a notorious bootlegger.
    What I liked was how the author really makes you feel like you are part of the 20's and how things might have been for someone living in that time. The scenes are very well done and there is enough suspense to keep you into the book.
    The ending is tailor made for a sequel and sets up I think a number of interesting plot lines for both girls.
    This is a great change from all the vampire and private school drama books out there. I can't wait to read the second book and see what happens.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    Book Review: Bright Young Things

    I was super excited for this one. I really liked The Luxe series, so was hoping this would have the same appeal. While, there are some similarities with the stories, I felt this one didn't have quite the same draw to it.

    Oddly I had a harder time getting to know the characters. I liked Cordelia in the beginning, although I think that she should have left before and not after the wedding. But once they reached the NYC, it seemed her whole personality changed. I was shocked that she could drop Letty just like that. For a small town girl, she adopted the big city rich girl attitude way to easily. I don't blame her for falling for the son of the enemy, but her actions after learning who he really was once again showed complete disregard for those around her. Since the story seems to be told from her point of view the most, I struggled with it.

    I enjoyed Letty the most. While she had big dreams of being a star, she was really naive. I think Cordelia really took advantage of that. I admired her determination to not go home though. She got a job, found roommates, etc. She was really holding her own. But, she's way to trusting. Which is her one downfall and ended up costing her everything. I'm sure in the big city at that time period, many young women were looking out for themselves. I'm hoping the series will have a positive outcome for her.

    I didn't think we got to know Astrid very well at all. She seems more like a secondary character that has some time in the spotlight. I thought she was going to be the spoiled little rich girl, but I gather that she's so much more than that. She seems like she has some serious baggage and insecurities. I curious were the story will take her.

    Overall, it was a promising start to the series. There's some interesting events that really help drive the story forward. I just wasn't as enthralled with it as her previous books. I also wasn't won over by the romance in the book. I'm hoping for all aspects to pick up in the following books. And hopefully the characters will become more well rounded.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    ???

    whats with my book replacing the apostrophe with a question mark in every word,is it just me or do you see that too?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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