Bright Young Things
by Anna Godbersen
Published by: Harper Collins
Released on: October 12th, 2010
I am a big fan of Anna Godbersen, falling head over heels for The Luxe series. Needless to say I have been anxious to begin this series. I love how Anna portrays past lives, introducing us to things we know little about. The past is the past, yet very different from this day and age. Bright Young Things takes place in 1929. This is the same year that my great-grandmother graduated from High School. I actually have her class ring, so I definitely read with her in mind.
The lives of three young ladies takes us on a journey of so many variables of emotion throughout this book. We are first introduced to Letty and Cordelia. Cordelia is about to get married to a great man, yet she isn't so sure that this marriage thing is for her. In 1929, things are different, and she really feels as if she doesn't have a choice. What else is there for her? Letty has always had an interest in performing and rightly so. A small girl, petite with beautiful looks if accented just right. So, when the idea that they have always imagined of springs to mind yet again, the girls decide to act on it. Running off to the big city of New York holds so many big opportunities that their teensy town of Union, Ohio.
Next, we meet Astrid. A young flapper, living in New York. This girl seems to have the skills and talent to get everything she wants. Astrid is definitely one to be envious of. Yet, her life isn't as perfect on the inside as it seems to be on the outside. It's after a huge fight between Letty and Cordelia, that Astrid becomes Cordelia's new best friend.
The fight revolves around the fact that apparently, Cordelia has been keeping a huge secret from Letty. When Letty hears of the news that Cordelia's father lives in New York and is very well known, it starts trouble for the two girls. Letty is determined to be a star and isn't going to get a troubled friendship get in her way. Cordelia, isn't going to let this slow her down either. Destined to find and make contact with her father, it leads to more trouble than she could ever have imagined. When her heart steers her to make bad and irreversible decisions, Cordelia has no choice but to rethink things. Astrid winds up with her own issues too. Never has she had to make tough decisions. Life altering decisions. Will any of these ladies end up happy or is it just one mistake after another?
Purchased from Cynthia Hand