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Whereas Bright Young Things was simply unimpressive, Beautiful Days was I almost feel guilty putting this book on. .Anna Godbersen is officially Queen of period novels and my book loving heart! That's all thanks to Beautiful Days, the second novel in the Bright Young Things series.

Whereas Bright Young Things was simply unimpressive, Beautiful Days was I almost feel guilty putting this book on the 'historical fiction' shelf. It's hardly historical fiction, despite the fact that it's set in the 20s. The most historical things in it are the clothes, some slang and, of course, the Prohibition and bootlegging. Now, I am usually a pretty fast reader, but I really enjoyed taking my time with this book. I completely immersed myself in the world of speakeasies, bootleggers and flappers.

After Godbersen had artfully built Cordelia's, Letty's and Astrid's character in Bright Young Things, She had destroyed them in Beautiful Days. In this book, the three young women are portrayed as vain and empty. The relationships are also conveyed in the same shallow way. Things happen with no explanation and the plot seemed rushed or too slow, did not touch upon the great financial fall

Also by anna godbersen.

Also by anna godbersen. Something bright and alien flashed across the sk. nd for a moment people set down their glasses in country clubs and speakeasies and thought of their old best dreams. Maybe there was a way out by flying, maybe our restless blood could find frontiers in the illimitable air. But by that time we were all pretty well committed; and the Jazz Age continued; we would all have one more.

A bright young things novel. Also by Anna Godbersen. Chapter 1. IT WAS A MIDSUMMER AFTERNOON ON LONG ISLAND, and the mosquitoes, like the girls who get dolled up at evening time, would not be seen flitting about for hours yet.

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California in 1980 ^ "Beautiful Days:A Bright Young Things Novel by Anna Godbersen". The Luxe/Bright Young Things Official Book Site.

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California in 1980. She attended Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California. She was educated at Barnard College in Manhattan, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. One of her heroes is her mother, Suzanne Lacke. "Beautiful Days:A Bright Young Things Novel by Anna Godbersen". Retrieved June 22, 2011. Harper Teen's The Luxe Site. Anna Godbersen's Profile on Harper Teen. Bright, Young, & Luxe. Anna Godbersen's MySpace.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen Genre: Young Adult. 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. Bright Young Things ( Beautiful Days ( The Lucky Ones (.Summary: The year is 1929. Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis.

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. 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.

Title: Bright Young Things. Author: Anna Godbersen . Genre: Historical YA. Publisher: Harper Collins. Publication Date: October 2010. Hardcover: 400 pages. I wanted to read Bright Young Things because of its setting: 1929, New York at the height of Prohibition. I don’t think I ever read a book set in this particular period and it seemed interesting. The book follows three girls, alternating point of view between them. But that is only at first glance.

For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.

After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys’ lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling metropolis. But Letty’s not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams—no matter the cost.

Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved. Now she is set to honor Darius Grey’s legacy . . . and take her revenge.

Promised to Cordelia’s half brother, Astrid is caught up in a world of dazzling jewels and glittering nights—and the sparkle is blinding. Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes the second book in an epic series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.


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Fast Lovebird
Beautiful Days takes up the lives of Cordelia, Letty, and Astrid--three young women living the glamorous life in the 1920s. Cordelia's brother Charlie has taken over the bootlegging business upon the death of their father, while Astrid, as Charlie's girlfriend, continues with her superficial life of parties and drinking. Letty, meanwhile, has moved in with Cordelia and is still hoping for her big break as a singer. As the story progresses, all three end up far from where they began at the start of this novel, and that's not necessarily a bad thing at all. Along the way, Cordelia and Astrid come to realize just what a dangerous occupation Charlie has, and Letty discovers that her desire to be in the spotlight may trump her newfound feelings for writer Grady. No one is safe from heartbreak and danger.

Beautiful Days started off a little slowly for me; I felt as though I was spinning my wheels, waiting for one of the girls to actually make up her fluffy little mind and get on with her life in a meaningful way. And as far as that goes, it's still a ways into the book before more mature decisions are made. But the emotions are strong, and I especially loved reading about the nightlife of New York during Prohibition. I admit to feeling frustration with Astrid particularly; she seems so shallow, and I'm not sure Godbersen intends for her to gain much depth. The action is good once the story picks up (probably a third of the way in), and the very unexpected complication in the relationship between Max and Cordelia is going to be fun to explore. Godbersen's writing is descriptive and detailed; occasionally I got tired of reading what everyone was wearing but in general I felt as though I was smack in the middle of the Roaring Twenties. Good characterization and an engaging storyline makes this a winner of a sequel and has me ready for the next book. Recommended.
ladushka
Anna Godbersen is officially Queen of period novels and my book loving heart! That's all thanks to Beautiful Days, the second novel in the Bright Young Things series.

Now, I am usually a pretty fast reader, but I really enjoyed taking my time with this book. I completely immersed myself in the world of speakeasies, bootleggers and flappers. Side note: I may or may not have started addressing people with "Yes, darling."

Don't judge me. It's not my fault Godbersen does a fantastic job of taking readers to these far away places and making them feel like they're actually there. Not to mention the twists and turns throughout the book that will leave you thrilled, breathless, and anxious all at once.

It's interesting, after what seemed to be a never ending set of trials and tribulations, these girls managed to grow up right before my eyes, which I loved. By the end of the novel, I also came to the realization that I have a deep admiration for Cordelia Grey. Her flaws, bravery, and unapologetic nature make her my absolute favorite character in the series.

If it wasn't obvious, I absolutely ADORED this book! I can't wait to see what's next for these gorgeous ladies and the guys after their hearts in The Lucky Ones (2012).
Nuadador
I bought this book the minute I finished reading Bright Young Things and I'm sorry to report that I am disappointed. After Godbersen had artfully built Cordelia's, Letty's and Astrid's character in Bright Young Things, She had destroyed them in Beautiful Days. In this book, the three young women are portrayed as vain and empty. The relationships are also conveyed in the same shallow way. Things happen with no explanation and the plot seemed rushed or too slow. I must admit that I was also disappointed that a book set in 1929, in NYC..., did not touch upon the great financial fall.

Having said that, I hope there is a third book planned for this series that will have some redeeming value and will up my star rating to 5 again. [i.e. will touch upon the great depression]. As in the beginning of Bright Young Things one would be married, one would be famous and one would die - I remain hopeful. = and won't tell you which of the three hasn't happened yet. No spoilers.
Mardin
I am a fan of Anna Godbersen, and her writing never ceases to make me feel like I am actually in the same room as her characters, this book like all others was no exception.
While not as fast paced as the last book was, this one was an excellent "middle book" that did not leave me dissapointed. It left me feeling hopeful for all of these girls, and as always, curious to see what would come next for them. However, it was able to stand on its own and did not need the previous book to hold it up. I would suggest it to any young woman looking for a great "historical" read.

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I wish that there had been a tiny bit more of Thom in this book. I am glad to see him gone but honestly, it is as if the author has written him off entirely.
I love Charlie, and I cannot see why other readers find him so suspect. He seems genuine, and loves Astrid dearly. I will however say he was MUCH more interesting in this book than the last, however I dont just love his and Astrid's relationship, it truly bores me.
Cordelia as always is reliable, and I am happy to see how this book ends up for her. Her ending left me thirsty for so much more!!
Grady... what the heck. I am irritated about this one. Very irritated. Anna Godbersen could have handled him and Letty so much better than she did!!
Letty... I dont like her. She bores me to tears. She is a self centered brat that ONLY cares about singing. Atleast Astrid and Cordelia are not air heads and have other hobbies. I simply cannot stand reading about Letty and how needy she is.
Jothris
Second book to one great book series and I am still on the first book of this series. I just can't wait and see what the girls have coming for them in this novel.
Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things) download epub
Historical Fiction
Author: Anna Godbersen
ISBN: 0061962686
Category: Teen & Young Adult
Subcategory: Historical Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 20, 2011)
Pages: 368 pages