Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
# of Pages: 389
RAC Book: Yes
Anna Godbersen, the author of the Luxe series, has created a new and interesting series with Bright Young Things. The story follows three young girls trying to make a life for themselves in New York City in the summer of 1929. Letty and Cordelia run away from Ohio after Cordelia is forced into a marriage she does not believe in. Letty’s goal is to sing for adoring fans, while Cordelia wants to find her long, lost father. Meanwhile, Astrid is already rich and fashionable in New York, but desperately wants her boyfriend, Charlie, to show her the commitment she feels she deserves. As the three girls’ lives intertwine the spirit and innocence of this time comes through in a way that will keep readers eager for more.
Godbersen once again created characters that readers will care about with a backdrop of the Roaring 20s at its best. Many interesting characters are introduced, some a bit on the unsavory side, which keeps the reader guessing as to the true motives of everyone. There are some remarkable coincidences in this story, which tends to happen in Godbersen’s stories, but most readers will be so caught up in the story they will be easily overlooked. This is a fun, fresh, and exciting historical fiction novel for teens.