My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Like Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series, Bright Young Things was super, super addictive…probably because it felt like I was reading The Luxe all over again, except in a different era, and the characters at least start on the other side of the tracks. It also explored the same themes as the other series – independence, dreams, etc. And yet, despite the fact that it was basically a rehash of what I’ve already read…I still couldn’t put the thing down.
One thing I felt was a little lacking was character development. I felt really detached from the characters the entire time I was reading, so I didn’t really care when things would happen to them that I think I was supposed to feel bad about. That being said, Godbersen did do a really good job with conflict – especially the conflict between how each of the characters saw herself, and how the other characters saw her.
Just like the Luxe books, Godbersen did an excellent job capturing the details of an era and really coming to live. I think my favorite part about this book was how realistic the setting was – it was so rich and really jumped off the page. Granted, it was a highly romanticized view of the Roaring Twenties, but given how vivid all of the different places were – the speakeasies, the hotels, the mansions – I’m willing to let this slide. I think that the setting, more than the characters, is what kept me reading.
If you liked the Luxe books or are a fan of the Roaring Twenties, I think this is a book you would enjoy.