Title: Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things #1) Author: Anna Godbersen Publication: 2010, Harper
Summary:The year is 1929. New
York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites
seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the
Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their
small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty
wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan
is filled with...read more (Goodreads)
Review: "Bright Young Things" is light and sweet for the most part, making it a perfect pick for a lazy rainy-day inside. With a setting all the way back in 1929, Ms. Godbersen once again portrays a nice image of what it is like to be a girl in that particular setting. The main characters were quite well done, created with enough depth and potential to keep the readers interested. With a two-tracks story, Cordelia and Letty both keep up to pace with their own unique adventures in New York City, which makes for a refreshing bonus for this book. Neither of the girls' storylines are exactly boring, but they aren't intense in the least either, making them simply enjoyable at most.
While Ms. Godbersen keeps the characters coloured in intriguing hues, the setting itself is a bit understated and gray, in my opinion. We hear much about the people, yet it seems as though these characters are acting on a stage with no proper or outstanding background for that time era, and that decidedly resulted in the book's imagery to be less vivid.
On to a major negative side. I am personally not a fan of Ms. Godbersen's writing. Unlike books where one might enjoy exquisite writing, but suffer from a bad plotline, this is a case where it is the other way around. Firstly, the presented ideas and actions are scattered. There is way too much jumping around and unevenness that before I can get used to one particular character's viewpoint, the author has already skipped onto another character completely, while I am left lost all the time, wondering who is being featured in which paragraph. Due to that, I did a lot of going back and re-reading. Even then, it was unclear. A well written book will reach the extent that without stating which character is saying what, one will be able to recognize a character through their manner of speech. This book is not near that point by far.
Secondly, the use of hyphens is messy and extremely worn out. They are used so often, yet rarely are they used well. The diction between the hyphens are so ridiculously long at times that as the reader, one is lost inside the hyphen, and by the time it ends, one is completely lost as to what the main point of the sentence was.
Finally, as an overall personal opinion, I thought the writing lacked true refinement (which, to be fair, I understand is hard to ask for nowadays, especially in YA). Yes, at first glance, Ms. Godbersen presents a decent version of the time era's overall tone, yet due to the scattering of ideas/events, some too long, some too short, some cut off way too soon, the diction was altogether lacking a certain tidiness. It was uneven, no matter how amusing and okay the plot was, that was why it didn't hold the poise that one expects when one reads a book based on that time era.
This book was quite enjoyable, but the median through which the story was presented was lacking for me, therefore I found the overall experience to be mediocre at best.
Rating: ✿✿✿ 3/5 Blossoms
Final Notes: This wasn't a bad read and I didn't mean for this review to come out quite as harsh. Mind you, it wasn't a fast read either, and I've finally finished reading it after dropping it 2 times before. To be frank, I did enjoy it to the same extent as I did for the Luxe series, so if you liked those, you'll like this one.
(By the way, I typed this review up on the spot, a bit different than my usual write-in-my-notebook-then-type way of doing things, so the final product may have been a bit different. I'd like to switch things up a bit, because I feel that I'm losing depth in my written reviews nowadays..a bit of a writer's obstacle, shall I say. I'd love to hear what you guys thought of this particular review, as I don't do this sort of type-up review often!) ♡ Vivian
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