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Anna Godbersen is the bestselling author of The Luxe novels. She was born in California, the daughter of a cab driver and a painter. She writes for various New . I’m a sucker for great relationships between female characters. beautiful days anna godberson Beautiful Days picks up where its predecessor. I read Bright Young Things, the first in the series with the same name, early last year and pretty much loved it. Anna Godbersen has been a.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen. For the bright young things ofthe beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams—no matter the cost. Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Says Hale, the man she thought she loved.

Charlie Grey is a gangster playing beauttiful dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes the second book in an epic series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age. Hardcoverpages. Published September 20th by HarperCollins first published September 1st Bright Young Things 2. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Beautiful Daysplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 17, Stacia the club rated it liked it Recommended to Stacia the club by: So far, this trilogy is turning out to be more of a whimper than a roar.

Book 1 seemed to have much more oomph than book 2 did. I miss the scandal, the sneaking around, and the nightlife! I was looking forward to more of this Now, don’t get me wrong. Anna Godbersen can write the heck out of coming-of-age stories.

I love how her passion for the style and feeling of an era shines through in every single thing she writes. But I was missing t So far, this trilogy is turning out to be more of a whimper than a roar. But I was missing godhersen heart-stopping drama and turmoil which normally leaves me reeling every time I put down a Godbersen book.

It seemed like I was on an emotional roller-coaster while I made my way though her Luxe series. At the end of Bright Young ThingsI was very curious to see what would come next. I can’t say that I had the same intense feeling this time around. Granted, there were a couple of twists thrown in near the end of the read which had me thankful that the intrigue wasn’t completely over, but I had been hoping for more.

Our three leading ladies still have miles to travel. We have the budding starlet, the debutante, and the bootlegger’s daughter. Each girl has her own dream, but who will get what she godbeesen


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As of right now, I have no clue. Basing this series on my previous experience with this author, I’m guessing maybe 1 or 2 of the girls will get a happy ending. It wouldn’t surprise me if I ended up getting something completely different from what I want. It’s the ‘s – the age of illegal booze, seedy clubs, and scandalous happenings.

Max is the mysterious “flyboy” pilot and his character had so much potential. Unfortunately, it took forever to see any. For most of the book, he was just DULL. We finally got some intrigue near the very end, but I think the same “twist” was handled better with a relationship in the book Vixen. I’d been hoping for him to be more like this The boy was one step away from being in the Women’s Temperance Movement.

Although, his scene with Cordelia up in the air was my favorite scene of the book. I could almost picture being right beautifull, flying with them.

There was something ruthless about the way that he brought them up and up; but it was almost unmistakably the way a person went about beautiufl something they loved. To the book’s credit, there was an intense bit of something going on at the end but I thought it took too long for us to get some good action.

Maybe I’ve been spoiled with one too many seasons of Boardwalk Empire. Even though I didn’t enjoy Beautiful Days quite as much as the previous book, I was still godgersen to be back in Godbersen’s world.

I’m pretty sure that I’ll have to pick up book 3 soon to see how everything turns out. And I’m sure I’ll follow her on to whatever endeavors she decides to take on in the future. View all 27 comments. Apr 08, Katya rated it did not like it Shelves: I almost feel guilty putting this book on the ‘historical fiction’ shelf.

It’s hardly historical fiction, despite the fact that it’s set in the 20s. The most historical things in it are the clothes, some slang and, of course, the Prohibition and bootlegging. Otherwise, it’s watered-down Gossip Girl with era envy.

I didn’t much enjoy the first book in the series, and read this one out of a weird sense of obligation. Whereas Bright Young Things was simply unimpressive, Beautiful Days was borderlin I almost feel guilty putting this book on the ‘historical goodbersen shelf. Let’s look at our heroines: Anyone in their world who’s overweight is instantly mocked, and there’s not a person of color to be seen until the last twenty pages.

Everyone is perfectly straight, with beautfiul exception of Billie, who’s a cardboard cutout of the lesbian stereotype. There is a scene between Billie and Beahtiful that turned my stomach – if you’re wondering why that’s offensive, look up why Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” is offensive. And godersen the extremely unhealthy, abusive relationship between Astrid and Charlie that’s glorified in the same way that the abusive relationship between Bella and Edward is goddbersen. All this aside, the book was simply boring.

Nothing happened until the last fifty pages, and the other two hundred pages were wasted on descriptions of clothing, the girls whining and repeated failures to communicate.


If any of the girls would just say what they mean at any given time, so much of the conflict in the book wouldn’t have happened – but, of course, in a successful story there must be conflict and instead of creating something clever Godbersen seemed to go the lazy way of lobotomizing her heroines.

Essentially every single struggle stems from the girls’ expectancy to have their mind read and their wishes preemptively fulfilled. Communication is key, darlings! I didn’t expect to have that many feelings on the book. From the other dissatisfied reviews, it seems that I should give Godbersen’s Luxe series a try.

I really hope it fills the many gaps that Bright Young Things has left behind. View all 8 comments. Nov 01, Kristin rated it really liked it. 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.

I may or may todbersen have started addressing people with “Yes, darling. 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 ahna character in the series.

Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things, #2) by Anna Godbersen

I can’t wait to see what’s next for these gorgeous ladies and the guys after their hearts in The Lucky Ones Dec 17, Madeleine Rex godbersdn it as to-read Shelves: As soon as possible This won’t win awards for historical accuracy or award-winning writing, but it is a lot of damn fun to read about these dzys and their ridiculous at times exploits.

For a fluffy, soap opera read, it excels. If you want something more accurate or nuanced, look elsewhere.

I will do my absolute best to keep the spoilers out of this review. Much has happened in abna aftermath of the last book, but Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur, and Astrid Donal are the best of friends. They spend their days lazily sunning themselves and their nights out on the town.

But things quickly change. Charlie, Cordelia’s half-brother, formally proposes to Astrid. Cordelia is going to start up a nightclub.

And Letty – well, she feels kinda left out, the third wheel. She wants to be a singer, but hasn’t really DONE anything to get there.