Diva (Flappers Series #3)

Diva (Flappers Series #3)

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by Jillian Larkin
     
 

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If you love The Great Gatsby, you'll want to read the Flappers series.

Joy and tragedy collide in DIVA, the riveting conclusion to the Flappers series, set in the dazzling Roaring Twenties. Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen

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If you love The Great Gatsby, you'll want to read the Flappers series.

Joy and tragedy collide in DIVA, the riveting conclusion to the Flappers series, set in the dazzling Roaring Twenties. Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn't have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she's going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.

Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer's dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she's grown up a lot these past few months. She can't bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?

Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton's swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria's keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
BooklistOnline.com, October 2012:
"There's lots of smoke, jazz, dancing, danger, and, of course, romance...those who've been following the flappers will likely be very happy with the ending."
VOYA - Summer Hayes
The Flappers trilogy concludes with the madcap adventures of Clara, Lorraine, and Gloria, but not all is well with the glamorous trio as they navigate through Manhattan’s upper crust. Clara’s ex, the handsome Marcus, is already engaged to be married. Lorraine has started college at Barnard, but her reputation precedes her and she has few friends. Gloria is finally free from jail, but only after agreeing to spy on a rich theater producer upon her release for the FBI; and her fiancé, Jerome, is missing. Circumstances contrive to throw the girls together, forcing them to cooperate despite lingering hard feelings. Transporting Cecily Von Zeigesar’s Gossip Girl (Poppy, 2002/Voya June 2002) to the Roaring Twenties, Larkin holds nothing back in this airy confection full of unlikely scenarios and implausible plot twists. Readers may find it difficult to connect with the paper-thin characters, but the alternating chapters narrated by Clara, Lorraine, Gloria, and Jerome help keep the story moving and fill in the blanks for those new to the series. The setting rarely feels fully developed, and Larkin relies heavily on period slang to remind readers of the era, but fashionistas will enjoy references to clothing and jewelry designers of the past. While this is not an essential purchase, libraries with heavy demand for light, historical chick lit will likely get their money’s worth. Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 9 Up—Music, mayhem, and murder fill Jillian Larkin's final novel (Delacorte, 2012) in the series. Set in the 1920s, nightclub singer Gloria Carmody is a caged songbird—three weeks after killing a mobster who was about to murder her "colored beau" Jerome, she is sitting behind prison bars. Gloria's cousin, Clara, decides to use her popular column in the Manhattanite to rave at such injustice and to keep the story at the forefront of the public's mind. Gloria is sprung after accepting an offer from an FBI agent to infiltrate business mogul Forrest Hamilton's high-society circle and discover the secret of his sudden wealth. Liquor flows freely in an effort to hide the lurking danger and deception. And there's a butler who is really Forrest's "deceased" father who will stop at nothing to keep the millions he made in the insurance business by skimming off clients' accounts. An interesting mix of side stories is deftly intertwined: a flapper who is "quite the kitten's pajamas" turns over a new leaf to find the man of her dreams; Clara stops a con-woman from marrying a man she loves; two ditzy flappers, Glitz and Glamour, are perfect foils in this noir-esque novel. Solid narration with an eclectic range of voices is provided by Abby Craden. This fun listen is a supplementary purchase.—Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307746993
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Series:
Flappers Series, #3
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
BooklistOnline.com, October 2012:
"There's lots of smoke, jazz, dancing, danger, and, of course, romance...those who've been following the flappers will likely be very happy with the ending."

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