I have a passion for historical fiction and I was a big fan of Anna Godberson Luxe series. I was excited when I heard she was writing a new series and when I got my hands on Bright Young Things I devoured it.
Similar to The Luxe series and many other young adult series, Bright Young Things centers on young women and the drama surrounding their relationships. The twist in these series is that they take place in a historical time period.
Bright Young Things takes place during the last summer of the Roaring Twenties or the Jazz Age. Two young woman, Letty and Cordelia, escape their humdrum life in Ohio and run away to the bright lights of New York City. On their first night in the city, the two best friends go their separate wasys after it becomes clear they each have different motives for being in the city. Letty is sure they are there to make her a star while Cordelia is actually looking for her long lost father.
Letty gets a job as a cigarette girl at a speakeasy while Cordelia makes her way to her father’s house on Long Island. Her father is an infamous bootlegger who has wild parties at his lush home. Cordelia is swept up into his world and befriends Astrid, a flapper.
Astrid is already well-versed in the world of speakeasies and wild parties having been the girlfriend of Cordelia’s half brother, Charlie. She shows Cordelia the right things to wear and the right places to go.
As each girl carves a path for themselves in the big city they find themselves ultimately turning to each other. The historical accuracies and rich descriptions make their world come alive for the reader. You’ll feel as though you are at the speakeasy with Letty singing on stage or with Cordelia in her father’s house wearing a fabulous new dress getting ready for a party. The author brings us in flawlessly to this last summer of the Jazz age. Each detail is perfect and adds to the dramatic story of the three girls.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!