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Bright Young Things av Anna Godbersen

Bright Young Things (utgåvan 2010)

av Anna Godbersen

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In the spring of 1929, eighteen-year-old Cordelia Grey and her stage-struck friend Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships, particularly with the dazzling Astrid Donal, that change their lives forever.… (mer)
Titel:Bright Young Things
Författare:Anna Godbersen
Info:HarperCollins (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Bright Young Things av Anna Godbersen

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    HollyMS: Both are YA historical fiction series set during the 1920s.
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I've been sitting here for about 30 minutes with this window open, trying to figure out how exactly to go about reviewing this book. Bright Young Things is one of those stories that took me a while to be invested in, but once I was it was with fervor! I'm just stumbling a bit on how to describe precisely what about it didn't sit right with me. This will likely be a rambling review, so if you are afraid, don't read on. If you are brave, well away we go!

First of all, I loved the character development that Anna Godbersen put into place in Bright Young Things. Each and every character that is brought into the story is fleshed out beautifully, and as a reader you really get to see deeply into their lives. My favorite character was definitely Astrid. Her carefree attitude and her ability to talk her ability to use her silver tongue to talk her way out of situations was fabulous! Honestly, it was her character that I believed in the most, and understood the most.

The other part of this book that I really loved was the setting. The "Roaring 20's" has fascinated me since I was younger. I love how this was such a time of change, such a time of progress for women. Sure, a lot of it was still seen as scandalous by the older generation, but these women were brave and bold. They did, said, and wore what they wanted despite the consequences. It's amazing! Anna Godbersen manages to bring this time period to life with beautiful clarity, and show it to the reader in different ways through they eyes of her various characters. It was a delight!

However my love for this book was hampered by some of the decisions made by the characters in the storyline. Perhaps if I had grown up during this time period I would understand, but it seemed to me that there was so much selfishness within Cordelia. Her character especially drove me crazy. Some of the scenes just felt forced and slowed the plot down for me. That being said, the overall progress of the story was very slow for me until I neared the end of the book. Yes, I understand a lot of it was used to build characters. Still, it was tough for me to get immersed fully in the story. It wasn't until the end that I was caught up, and reading fervently to find out what happened. The ending was fantastic, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes next.

As you can see from my rambling review, I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it overall, but it wasn't one of my favorites of the year. I do believe though that if you have an affinity for historical fiction and a love of Contemporary fiction combined, you'll fall in love with this book. It's already been affirmed for me by some other readers I've talked to. My point is that this book may not have been my cup of tea, but that doesn't mean you won't love it! Definitely give it a read. ( )
  roses7184 | Feb 5, 2019 |
The girls of 1929...just pages into the book we learn that “long before the next decade rolled around...one would be famous, one would be married, and one would be dead”.

How’s that for a start? Before we’ve even met the characters, we know their fates.
That pulled me in right away. And when I realized this was book 1 in a 3 book series, I ordered the second one because I assumed there was no way we’d know what happened at the end of this book.

The characters are three young women. Letty and Cordelia are best friends, they are from a small town in Ohio. Letty dreams of being a star and Cordelia dreams of meeting her father.

Astrid runs with the wealthy crowd but isn’t rich herself. She dates Charlie, son of the famous bootlegger Darius Grey.
Darius also happens to be Cordelia’s father. So, just as Letty and Cordelia part ways, Cordelia and Astrid’s lives intersect.

I liked this unique take on a story set in the twenties. I feel like I’ve never read a book set in this timeframe with such young characters. These girls are barely out of high school. Normally, the books I’ve read set in the 1920’s have featured characters in their twenties and thirties. While this might not seem like a huge difference, it has meant the stories are about married women usually. And they can be at very sad, jaded points in their lives. Have you read Z about Zelda Fitzgerald? Great book but so sad at times.
I found it really refreshing to read about characters who are young and not jaded or hurt by the unique atmosphere of the twenties. They just feel excited about what ever big moment is around the corner.

I liked Astrid best I think, Letty second. Cordelia can be a bit hard to love at times.

Book 2 is in the mail and I look forward to resuming the story of these characters and I will definitely keep reading till I find out which one died, which one got married and which became a star. :) ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |

**I DNF'd this book at 72%**

I could probably rant for DAYS on why these girls are just plain awful but I'll try to keep it short and logical.

I'm not going to sugar-coat it either: these girls seemed like complete idiots to me. And I get it, Cordelia and Letty are supposed to be the naive young girls from the country trying to make it in the big city on their own. That's the premise of the story and I can forgive that. But they literally lack any intelligence. Sames goes for the "big city girl" Astrid. The elevator just doesn't reach the top floor for any of these girls.

It doesn't help that they are all very selfish girls either. They all think the universe should revolve around them (and I truthfully think Letty does believe it revolves around her) and so they act like it does. They don't give any thought about the impact their actions with have on anyone and that drove me bananas!

And when you detest the leads, you count on the plot to keep you interested but there really isn't much of one here. Unfortunately, this is a very character driven story. You really are just following these girls through their mundane lives of bad decisions and selfish actions. It's very boring to read/listen to.

Check out more spoiler-free book and series reviews on my blog SERIESousBookReviews.com as well as read book series recaps!

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Actual Rating: 2/5 ( )
  seriesousbooks | Feb 7, 2018 |
Not sure I like this as much as I did Luxe... but that certainly won't stop me! ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
Bright Young Things was a novel that had everything I wanted for being set in the 1920's. It had the air of The Great Gatsby while also including speakeasies under a church that you need to know the password to enter. I felt myself pulled back into one of my favorite time periods, filled with smoke, bootlegging, gangsters and dancing. I picked this one up at a library book sale and couldn't have been happier when I spied the title as I have wanted to read one of Anna Godbersen's series for a long time now. And I only paid a dollar for it! I knew I had scored gold.

I'm really glad that multiple point of views were shown in this book because at times I found myself irritated with each narrator and at other times I wish that I could continue reading the one point of view. The change was fluid and help keep the pacing of the book moving.

The plot kind of fell flat for me, but I did love the world and the setting. The pacing was alright, and was was really saved by the multiple point of views. My heart wasn't really in the budding romance, probably because it was so brief. I don't blame Cordelia for what happened though, she was really kept out of the loop. It would have been far more interesting if her father had included her in the business rather than just keeping her a party girl.

One things I didn't like about this book was that there wasn't enough about the gangsters. Also, they refuse to tell Cordelia anything, which makes it really hard to blame her as she was just thrown into this new world. I wanted so much more and I am sure to return for the sequel this was the first book that I have read by Anna Godbersen and I can't wait to read more by her. At times I was irritated with the characters, but I love them more than anything. ( )
  manka23 | Aug 26, 2017 |
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In the spring of 1929, eighteen-year-old Cordelia Grey and her stage-struck friend Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships, particularly with the dazzling Astrid Donal, that change their lives forever.

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