Monday, October 11, 2010

Bright Young Things

Title: Bright Young Things
Series: Bright Young Things
Author: Anna Godbersen
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, ChickLit
Published: 2010
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Letty and Cordelia flee from Ohio to New York City. Set in the summer of 1929, the two girls both discover that life in NYC isn't similar to anything at all back home. Letty, who comes from a very restrictive family, wants to become a songstress. Cordelia, a motherless girl, is looking for her long lost father. The girls discover flappers, speakeasies, gangsters and romantic interests, all set against the mysterious backdrop of NYC.

Until halfway of this book, I found it terribly dull in comparison to The Luxe series. The historical aspect was interesting, but because I've never delved into the world of the 1920's and 30's, the fashion Godberson wrote about baffled me until I did a little research. Past the halfway point though, the book was spicing up with mystery, not the whodunnit type, but the mystery of built up tensions between characters, especially Cordelia's new found family and Letty's attempt at stardom.

Letty was a bit annoying, to be honest, but I liked Cordelia a bit more because she didn't complain and carried on with life. Although her attitude towards Thom Hale, her maybe-boyfriend, was a bit sad, Cordelia seemed very modern in her outlook. My favourite part was when Cordelia was being taught how to fire a shot gun. A very sweet father-daughter bonding scene.

As far as I'm aware, there isn't a YA novel set in New York in the 1920/30s. The writing style was similar to The Luxe series, extremely descriptive and pensive, although at times a paragraph or two would drag on. I enjoyed BYT and look forward to the sequels, especially because it ended with a loose-end (just like The Luxe series). BYT is a must read for those whole enjoyed Godberson's other books.

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