Bright Young Things is the first book in a new series by Anna Godbersen, author of The Luxe series. When I finished reading The Luxe series, I was really excited to find out that Godbersen had a new series set in the jazz age. This is one of my favorite time periods to read about, and I knew from her other series that she writes very fun and readable historical fiction. Godbersen is not afraid to piss off her readers and do the unexpected with her characters so you never know what is going to happen in her books.
My very high expectations for Bright Young Things were met and exceeded. Much like The Luxe series, there are three main characters introduced in this novel: Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid. Letty and Cordelia are small town girls who travel to New York City together to make it big. Astrid is living with her mother and stepfather in a mansion on Long Island. Each of the girls has some adversity they must overcome, and they all find out that what they desire is much different than they imagined. I gobbled this book up in two sittings, and I cannot wait for the next one to come out.
Godbersen is a master at showing rather than telling, which helps to immerse the reader in the time period without being bogged down by page after page of description. Also, how fabulous is the cover? I love that the publisher is continuing the cover concept from her other series.