Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things

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The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the 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. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 389 pages
  • 155 x 208 x 32mm | 472g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 006196266X
  • 9780061962660
  • 484,558

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Readers will clamor for this sharp, smart drama of friends, lovers, lies and betrayal. --Kirkus Reviews
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12,689 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 22% (2,745)
4 35% (4,467)
3 31% (3,987)
2 9% (1,130)
1 3% (360)

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This book, is set in 1929. From reading the synopsis itself, i felt like it wasn't a book for me but i wanted to give it a try. Im not into reading historical fiction books, because i don't like reading about anything historical. I wasn't wrong, because i ended up to not liking this book. The characters felt too cliche to me. How Letty wanted to be a "star", how Cordelia wanted to find her rich father, and how Astrid wanted... to find love? I honestly don't know. All they wanted to do is just get famous or become rich and live a glorious life. I mean there is many other things that are important in this world other than money and fame. I just didn't enjoy reading about their ways of wanting to reach their beloved fantasies. While i was reading, I felt there was no story to it. What is the point? After they reach fame, then what? I felt like there was no point of reading on. The only interesting character in the book was Cordelia. I felt that she was the best of them all. She was very cool, and her story was the most interesting of the three. Letty's story was childish to me and Astrid was like a third wheel to me, overshadowed by other characters, She was just Charlie's lover and Cordelia's best friend. Overall I was really disappointed in the book, and it felt too shallow for me, there was no climax to the story. Maybe this is because I don't understand how people lived in the 1920s, or that I have never felt that interested in historical fiction, but i thought I'd give it a try, you should more
by Juhina & Farah
Right after the wedding she never wanted, Cordelia and her friend, Letty, decide to leave small-town life in Ohio for the dazzling city life of New York City. They've been best friends forever. Once in the city, they find a boarding house and go out on the town. In a speakeasy, Cordelia meets a boy. They have a moment. In that moment, she tells him the truth about why she really came to New York. She wants to find her father. Unfortunately, Letty overhears. The two girls end up fighting and homeless. Cordelia comes to NYC to find her father. He welcomes her with open arms. His lifestyle isn't what she's used to, as he runs an illicit business. He also lives in high glamor. When he discovers the identity of the boy Cordelia is dating, he forbids her to see him again. Cordelia doesn't want to go against her new family, but she can't stay away from Thom. At one of her father's infamous parties, she meets Astrid. Astrid dates her brother, Charlie. She's ultra-glamorous, but her relationship with Charlie is on the rocks. Astrid isn't sure she can trust him, but she loves Cordelia. Meanwhile, Letty tries to make it as a star. She's got an amazing voice and a new job at a speakeasy. There, she meets a man who could propel her on the fast track to stardom. Will the three girls find romance and the answer to their huge dreams within New York City? I've been waiting to read this book since BEA. When it arrived in the library, there *might* have been squealing and a happy dance. The author of THE LUXE series strikes again! I loved the fashion of the Twenties, the romance, the luxury, and seeing New York City from an architectural standpoint. I also love how the three girls' lives mingled together, even though they weren't always friends. I can't wait to find out what happens next! *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
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