Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Book Review - Bright Young Things - Anna Godbersen

This book has come up on so many reviews, hauls and TBR piles that I was overjoyed to find it in my local library.
I have recently become a member, so I am super excited to get to grips with all the new books I will be able to read. They also don't tell you that libraries often have cheap books for sale, and I mean really cheap. I bought the complete Lord of The Rings bind up for 25p!!!! What a bargain. Ok, so it may be rather tattered and torn, but that shows that it was loved by its previous owner. That can only be a good thing.
Anyway, back to the review.

The main thing that caught my eye with this book was it's cover.

The interesting font, to the beautiful girl in 1920's garb, this book oozes elegance and intrigue. It sets the scene to the story and engages the reader to read the blurb.

Now, I am all for nostalgia and the "good ol' days". So the dates in which the story is set grabbed my attention immediately. The fact that it's set in New York City makes it a whole lot better.

You are emerged into a different world during the prohibition, where alchohol was banned and the rich and the privileged were forced underground to explore their darkest desires. Young girls craved fame and fortune on the stage, whilst the men aimed to lure and exploit the girls to meet their needs. 

In the first book in the series we are introduced to three girls, with three different aims in life.
Cordelia - an orphan looking for more and most of all her long lost father.
Letty - her best friend, who dreams of being a star of the stage, but unable to fulfil her dreams due to her strict father.
Astrid - an up and coming "it girl" who desperately seeks the attention of her sometimes un-interested boyfriend Charlie.

The story takes us from a sleepy and backwards town in Ohio, to the bustling and exciting Big Apple. Each girl's story is intertwined in a way that is not confusing, and the author successfully changes the narrative between our three protagonists with such ease and grace.

It is so easy to get swept up in the glamour of it all, which makes the read an easy and exciting one.

Definitely a must read for those who loved to get transported to another world in a book, and those who love the 1920's. 

I haven't read the Luxe series written by Anna Godbersen, but might have to after reading Bright Young Things. Really looking forward to seeing how the characters progress and what happens to the likeable and relatable girls in NYC which continues in the second book Beautiful Days

Star Rating: ****

Happy Reading.


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