In 1929, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur leave their small Midwestern town for the bright lights of New York City. Letty wants to be a star. Cordelia just wants to find her father, an infamous bootlegger she has never known. Astrid, the girlfriend of Cordelia’s brother Charlie, is home from boarding school and always ready to party. These young, beautiful socialites all seek romance but find themselves going down very different paths.
Right from the start, the ominous prologue propelled me to keep reading to find out what fate each girl would meet:
“They were all marching toward their own secret fates, and long before the next decade rolled around, each would escape in her own way—one would be famous, one would be married, and one would be dead.” - Anna Godbersen
Who can resist a teaser like that?
This is the first in a series, so there is a lot of backstory provided for each of the three main characters. Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid were intriguing in their own unique ways. While I tired of the descriptions of the characters’ clothing, I did enjoy other historical details which made 1929 come alive. Bright Young Things may appeal to fans of Gossip Girl who love to follow the lives of young socialites in the city. The sequel, Beautiful Days, comes out later this year.