[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 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. (via Shelfari)
What I Thought
The book starts out with a prologue that essentially tells you the end of the story first to get you interested – in reality it just cut this book down and made me expect things to happen so it made it boring. The 3 main girls are all of them flat and boring. The development of the characters is almost nonexistent they just simply move on to a new environment vs actually changing in any way – at all. At the end of the book I thought all of the characters were exactly the same as the beginning of the story and that sucks. I know that this book is totally made for young adult audiences but this is just bad writing, bad editing and bad publishing.
Love is all right, as things go, but lovers can be a terrible waste of a girl’s time. — Astrid Donal
I just feel like this whole book was a waste of time. It’s about girls who want to be famous, but then what? There’s nothing going in the history of the 1920’s or historical people or anything at all like that. I think that would have really helped. It was fun reading about what things might have been like in the 1920’s but I sure didn’t believe anything written in the book.
I have no plans to read any more of this series. It’s flat one dimensional characters can live in their fake 1920’s setting without me.