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Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things) Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on the sequel to The Lucky Ones.
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Beautiful Days started off a little slowly for me; I felt as though I was spinning my wheels, waiting for one of the girls to actually make up her fluffy little mind and get on with her life in a meaningful way. And as far as that goes, it's still a ways into the book before more mature decisions are made. But the emotions are strong, and I especially loved reading about the nightlife of New York during Prohibition. I admit to feeling frustration with Astrid particularly; she seems so shallow, and I'm not sure Godbersen intends for her to gain much depth. The action is good once the story picks up (probably a third of the way in), and the very unexpected complication in the relationship between Max and Cordelia is going to be fun to explore. Godbersen's writing is descriptive and detailed; occasionally I got tired of reading what everyone was wearing but in general I felt as though I was smack in the middle of the Roaring Twenties. Good characterization and an engaging storyline makes this a winner of a sequel and has me ready for the next book. Recommended.
While not as fast paced as the last book was, this one was an excellent "middle book" that did not leave me dissapointed. It left me feeling hopeful for all of these girls, and as always, curious to see what would come next for them. However, it was able to stand on its own and did not need the previous book to hold it up. I would suggest it to any young woman looking for a great "historical" read.
I wish that there had been a tiny bit more of Thom in this book. I am glad to see him gone but honestly, it is as if the author has written him off entirely.
I love Charlie, and I cannot see why other readers find him so suspect. He seems genuine, and loves Astrid dearly. I will however say he was MUCH more interesting in this book than the last, however I dont just love his and Astrid's relationship, it truly bores me.
Cordelia as always is reliable, and I am happy to see how this book ends up for her. Her ending left me thirsty for so much more!!
Grady... what the heck. I am irritated about this one. Very irritated. Anna Godbersen could have handled him and Letty so much better than she did!!
Letty... I dont like her. She bores me to tears. She is a self centered brat that ONLY cares about singing. Atleast Astrid and Cordelia are not air heads and have other hobbies. I simply cannot stand reading about Letty and how needy she is.
Now, I am usually a pretty fast reader, but I really enjoyed taking my time with this book. I completely immersed myself in the world of speakeasies, bootleggers and flappers. Side note: I may or may not have started addressing people with "Yes, darling."
Don't judge me. It's not my fault Godbersen does a fantastic job of taking readers to these far away places and making them feel like they're actually there. Not to mention the twists and turns throughout the book that will leave you thrilled, breathless, and anxious all at once.
It's interesting, after what seemed to be a never ending set of trials and tribulations, these girls managed to grow up right before my eyes, which I loved. By the end of the novel, I also came to the realization that I have a deep admiration for Cordelia Grey. Her flaws, bravery, and unapologetic nature make her my absolute favorite character in the series.
If it wasn't obvious, I absolutely ADORED this book! I can't wait to see what's next for these gorgeous ladies and the guys after their hearts in The Lucky Ones (2012).
Having said that, I hope there is a third book planned for this series that will have some redeeming value and will up my star rating to 5 again. [i.e. will touch upon the great depression]. As in the beginning of Bright Young Things one would be married, one would be famous and one would die - I remain hopeful. = and won't tell you which of the three hasn't happened yet. No spoilers.