Hello! Today I’ll be reviewing the Bright Young Things trilogy by Anna Godbersen.
I’ve been reading this series for a little while, it’s taken me a little longer than I wanted to read it, but nontheless I’ve finished, and it wasn’t half bad. I enjoy reading novels that aren’t from this time period and so this trilogy is no exception. I found that it’s almost like a late 20’s version of Gossip Girl where there is so much scandal and gossip going on.
The story starts by following two girls, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur, leave their hometown in Ohio to find bigger and better things in New York City. Cordelia is going to find her long lost father, while Letty just wants to become a star. The two of them get a lot more than what they bargained for while up in the city. Along the way they meet Astrid who becomes a main character. She falls for Cordelia’a brother Charlie, marries him, but just isn’t happy. As the novels unfold the reader deduces why she is unhappy, and learn more about Charlie.
The novels are richly filled with details of their lives and the trials and tribulations each girl goes through. You can’t help but want to read these novels because they entertain so well.
Bright Young Things by: Anna Godbersen: The first novel in the Bright Young Things trilogy. We meet our two main characters, Letty and Cordelia. It’s the year 1929, and the two girls leave Ohio for New York. They want to make better lives for themselves. The first day in New York City the two get into a fight and they start their new lives separately. Cordelia finds her long lost father, only for bad things to happen to him, and her ‘love’. Letty just wants to sing on stage, but is let down fast. It’s a good read, and an enjoyable plotline. The writing is very formal, and gives the novel the air of richness, and fine things. The characters are well rounded and progress throughout the novel. Overall, it’s nice leisurely novel to read.
Beautiful Days by: Anna Godbersen: The second novel in the Beautiful Young Things trilogy. In the second novel, we follow the lives of the three women we met in the first novel. It’s a rather dull novel, and is full of filler material that is boring, and not that exciting. It will probably lead to what’s to come, but for a whole novel to feel like filler is rather boring. Cordelia opens a bar in honor of her dead father, Letty becomes a real star after failing many times, and Astrid is so focused on love that she does stupid things, things that could ruin her relationship. Everyone’s love lives take turns for the worst, and for the better, but how they end up, you just have to read and find out for yourself. Overall, it’s a boring second book that could have been more exciting than it was.
The Lucky Ones by: Anna Godbersen: The third and final novel in the Bright Young Things trilogy. This novel picks up where the last one ended. The girls from Ohio are getting the true taste of the Big Apple. Cordelia Grey has fallen for a famous pilot, Max Darby, who has a secret to keep. Letty Larkspur is finally getting her big break, but not in the way she thought she would. Gaining the part, all by falling for her lead co-star, Valentine, while he has a secret up his sleeve too. Astrid, recently married starts to flirt with her bodyguard, Victor, who turns out to be someone none of the girls had expected. Secrets, lies, and a whole lot of scandal were the plotline and basis to this novel. Taking place in 1929, the novel really does justice to the time period. The characters where fun, light and overall fun to read about. There was a lot of exposition that led up to the end, and the details and prose made it so fast-paced and readable. This novel gives a nice conclusion to their lives. Everything closes and there are no lose threads. Overall, this trilogy was something a little different on high-class girls in the late 20’s