Excitement and Shininess: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen


I recently read Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things, the first book in the Bright Young Things series.

The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersenthe anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York’s glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star. . . .

Cordelia is searching for the father she’s never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It’s a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will.

The only person Cordelia can trust is ­Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia’s brother, Charlie. But Astrid’s perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.

Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the ­illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls’ fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart.

I adored the first two books in Godbersen’s Luxe series and  after reading a lot of middle grades fiction, I realized I was in need of a light summer read. Something full of gossip and drama and romance. Bright Young Things has all of these things!

So, I didn’t like it as much as I enjoyed the Luxe books but Bright Young Things was still really entertaining and I enjoyed it. I wasn’t as connected to the characters in this book as her others. But I did enjoy reading their stories and watching them fall in and out of love and good fortune.

The setting? I loved the setting! Who couldn’t love the excitement and shininess of New York City 1929?! I’ve always been interested in the Roaring Twenties. I’ve always loved the ideas of secret speakeasys, dangerous mobsters and Charleston dancing flappers, and the fashion. It’s all just so fun (I’m sure it wasn’t as glamorous as a romanticized view of history makes it out to be)!

This is purely a Young Adult fiction book, so I’d say high schoolers and up would enjoy it. So, if you’re in the mood for a fun read full of twenties glamor and scandal then Bright Young Things is the read for you!

Author: Anna Godbersen

Publisher: Harper Collins (August 2, 2011)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 416 pages

Series: First in the Bright Young Things series


Buy the Book: Bright Young Things

2 thoughts on “Excitement and Shininess: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

  1. the NYC settings is the main reason I want to read this series. I love all books set in NYC since I’ve been there and 1929 could be so neat! Awesome review!

  2. Huge fan of the 20s; there’s something kind of dazzling about it. I’ll definitely have to check this one out… once I finally read Luxe, which has been sitting on my shelf for months!

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