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Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (2010)
I have been anxiously awaiting the start of this new series by Anna Godbersen (thanks to the kind teen patron who alerted me to it!) and I was not disappointed. Set in 1929s NYC at the height of Prohibition, the book chronicles the lives of three young women from very different backgrounds as they try to make their mark in society.

Astrid is a socialite, home from boarding school on holiday, and living the life of parties and country club lunches. Letty and Cordelia have come to New York from Union, Ohio, so Letty has her chance to make it big as a singer. Once they arrive in New York, Cordelia reveals her actual motivation for coming along (to search for her father, a famous bootlegger); she and Letty argue and go their separate ways.

Godbersen’s strength is in her historical writing – depicting the lives of fictional characters against actual historical events, and making the frivolity and decadence of the time period come alive for teen readers. This was a fun, engrossing read left wide open for a sequel (or more) that I look forward to reading!

Check out the Bright Young Things/Luxe blog to discover more about the author and this intriguing series.
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