Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things Series #2)

Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things Series #2)

by Anna Godbersen

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ISBN-13: 9780062093196
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/20/2011
Series: Bright Young Things Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 153,244
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Anna Godbersen is the author of the New York Times bestselling Luxe series. She was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Beautiful Days 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
ahh, the 1920s ! This is a decade one can't forget! Fringed Dresses, Flappers, lots of jewels and jazz music that will sure transport a reader back to this time. Love how Anna Godbersen mixes history with a good story.
Colleen08 More than 1 year ago
A fabulous sequel to Bright Young Things. Cleverly answered questions lingering at the end of the first book in the series while adding excitement and adventure. I did not feel it was monotonous, and it was a pleasure to see the characters develop from young girls to working women. Really looking forward to the next book in the series!
CallieNoelle More than 1 year ago
Very good follow up of the story and I cannot wait for the third book to come out already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the books before I ,upon opening the book I was imediatly drawn into a world full of speakeasys,booze,and fun loving teens.What I realy loved about this book was the hint of danger.Read this book like the others it will not disapoint.
Rahbin08 More than 1 year ago
If you are into the roaring '20s then this is the book for you! It covers everything from bootlegging to illicit births and even scandals of lust. I highly reccommend it and I can't wait to read the sequel to it!
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 11 months ago
It's hard to go wrong when it comes to a good historical fiction novel, especially one by the amazing Anna Godbersen. After thoroughly enjoying her Luxe series, it was only natural that Bright Young Things would be just as wonderful. Set in the 1920s, Bright Young Things captured the wild underground world of jazz, speakeasys, bootlegging and flappers in the glitz and glamor of New York City. Beautiful Days picks up not long after the end of Bright Young Things and continues the story of Cordelia, Letty and the other young ladies of New York society during the final summer of the Jazz Age.After only a month in New York, Cordelia and Letty have transformed from small-town girls from Ohio with big dreams to somewhat spoiled socialites. Having befriended young girls from the New York elite, the two girls now find myself spending their days lounging next to exotic pools and their nights in the New York clubs. Letty, though, isn't content to just be a socialite, she's willing to do just about anything for her dream of becoming a singer. Meanwhile Cordelia, who is still reeling from the death of her father, finds herself the head of a speakeasy, complete with bootleggers and other gangsters -including the dangerous, yet attractive Charlie Grey.Godbersen delivers another incredibly vivid and compelling historical novel, with excellent characters and a riveting plot that'll keep readers going up until the very end. Though Beautiful Days isn't as good as Bright Young Things, but its a satisfying follow-up that continues the stories of these compelling characters who are trying to find their way in the wild, yet somewhat dark world of the New York Jazz scene.And I can't wait for the sequel.
AboutToRead on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Anna Godbersen just has this magical way of writing that immerses you into another world. Her stories just make me so happy. Beautiful Days picks up about a month after Bright Young Things. Despite the tragedies that occurred at the end of Bright Young Things, Beautiful Days has a very whimsical feel to it. The camaraderie between Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty leaps through the pages and their care-free attitudes as they spend nights on the town reminds me of a few college nights spent with some of my best friends.Even though there are plenty of scenes that will leave you smiling, and in my case pleasantly reminiscing, Beautiful Days still has a lot of danger woven into the storyline¿after all bootlegging is an integral part of the characters¿ lives. Godbersen¿s ability to intertwine these romantic, care-free situations with life-threatening predicaments is remarkable. One of the best things about her writing is how realistic it feels. All the emotions are genuine, the imagery is incredible, the characters are well-developed, and nothing is too easy. There are plenty of books out there that always manage to have all of the situations resolved quite pleasantly¿even if the circumstances and emotions involved make this unrealistic. Godbersen always takes into account everything that happens in the story and weaves that into the conclusion. This doesn¿t always make for a fairy-tale ending, but it does create an epic story. Godbersen is a shining star in the Young Adult genere. Her next book, The Lucky Ones, will be released in 2013.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book really took off! Set in one of my favorite times, Beautiful Days is great read. What I enjoyed most about this book is the plot. Cordelia, Letty, Astrid lives have taken some unexpected turns. I like that in this book the reader still gets each point of view from the girls. Being in their shoes is fantastic. I enjoyed the parties, the clothes, and also the music. All of the girls face some hard times in the book. There is also something that starts to form, a woman's movement. Women are becoming more independent. I like that the story is also integrated with real history. It has so many aspects of what it is like to live in that era it's like your really there. The love interest for each women played out as expected. Cordelia is learning more about her father and his company that he left heir to her. She is also learning more secrets about her brother and her love of her life. Letty is sort of hanging in the midst. The reader doesn't see much of her. She is great help to Cord and Astrid. And Astrid. This girl got in to so much trouble! Her love is strong but trust has not been built. I am glad though near the end, she learns to trust him. Beautiful Days takes one a whole new meaning of beautiful. Striking and highly entertaining, Beautiful Days is moving. The vibrant city and speak easy clubs, it's no wonder it beautiful.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing 11 months ago
At a time when I feel as though a good historical read has fallen by the wayside, Anna Godbersen's novels always seem to deliver. As the follow up to Bright Young Things, we pick back up with Cordelia and Letty trying to make a life for themselves in busy New York City during the days of the prohibition. In the case of a second novel, there is a lot to remember about the first book that I couldn't always piece together. Having said that, I did, slowly pull the story back into one whole so I could enjoy the rest of the story. In what reminds me of a Gossip Girls type of a story, the drama is high and the action is even higher. There's a little bit of everything here, with its showgirls, prohibition, gangsters, wealth, and prestige. However, the glitz and glamour are offset by moments of poverty and crime. There were moments of girls languishing by the pool, in sorrow over whatever male interest wasn't paying them enough attention. That was annoying, but I would suppose, pretty important in the development of a relationship? I can't say that this was my favorite of Godbersen's novels, as the lead female characters feel a bit unreachable and not relatable to me (while her Luxe series characters felt much more real in my estimation), this was still agood YA historical read. I plan on grabbing whatever follow-up comes out next so I can find out what happens to these characters.
jenreidreads on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Anna Godbersen is one of my favorite frosting authors. Her books are pure escape, into a glittering past of beautiful clothes and champagne. Cordelia, Letty and Astrid, best friends and socialites, each have their own problems in this installment. Cordelia is trying to get over Thom, who killed her father in the first book, naive Letty just wants to sing and be famous, and Astrid is engaged to a bootlegger. Of course, life is rather dangerous for these girls, and who knows if they'll all live to see the end of the trilogy? I will certainly read it to find out.
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I have read all three of the Bright Young things series and can't wait for the next. Two young ladies with nothing but struggle in their futures end up being at the upper class environs. These books take you on their incredible journey. Don't miss this one, but first start with the first in the series for your best enjoyment!!!!!
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I have truly enjoyed this series so far. Look forward to #3. The characters are so fun. Want to read what happens to them.
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In November. I cannot wait!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great second book can't wait for the next one. I liked the story andnthe history. Easy, fun read.
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