Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Godbersen, Anna. Bright Young Things. New York: Harper Collins, 2010. Print.

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It’s 1929. Cordelia Gray and Letty Larkspur are off to New York City. There, they meet Astrid Donal, a flapper who appears to have the city in her hands.


She messed around with a bloke named Smokey.
She loved him though was cokie,
he took her down to Chinatown
and he showed her how to kick the gong around.

She had a dream that the King of Sweden
He gave her things that she was needin´
He built her a house of gold and steel
A diamond car with platinum wheels

Those are the lyrics to “Minnie the Moocher.” A Cab Calloway song written around the time Bright Young Things takes place. No better song can clearly illustrate the characters and setting of this novel so well. Cordelia, Letty, and Astrid fit the mold of this Minnie: A young woman looking for love, money, and fame. Nonetheless, Minnie succeeded in her quest. This cannot be said for Cordelia, Letty and Astrid. Basically, all of this “fun” does come at a price especially when three girls are competing with each other.

To be expected, get set for love, adventure, murder, greed and backstabbing.


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