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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Cordelia- we get to watch her grow into a strong woman. I must admit that I’ve always found something slightly sinister about the relationship between Astrid and Cordelia’s half-brother Charlie.

It never gets brought up once!

Preview — Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen. Not that Cordelia was any better than Max in the self-righteous hypocrite department. Meanwhile, socialite-born Astrid Donal has always been discontent with her life of luxury. Otherwise, it’s watered-down Gossip Girl with era envy. Godbersen is a shining star in the Young Adult gidbersen. Oh, at times I felt like crying and at others, squealing, but what did you expect? There will be semi-spoilers.

Dec 17, Madeleine Rex marked it as to-read Shelves: Astrid is finally engaged to Cordelia’s half-brother, Charlie – but caught in a shimmering world of speakeasies, jewels and endless parties. From the other dissatisfied reviews, it seems that I should give Godbersen’s Luxe series beauitful try.

This series is entertaining as light reading, but it just felt like fluff.

Their relationship has progressed a step further by the end of the book but I feel like there’s a continual threat of something going terribly wrong ogdbersen them. So after having a slight disappointment after Bright Young Things and starting this over a year after reading the previous book, I was a little unsure whether I would enjoy it as much as I wanted to – I mean, I could only briefly remember what happened in BYT and with Anna Godbersen still having to live up to The Luxe series in my mind, the outcome was a bit shady.

I also hated that her preoccupation with the odious Max who certainly didn’t deserve any such attention was interfering with ogdbersen opportunity to run a speakeasy. Though Beautiful Days isn’t as good as Bright Beutiful Things, but its a satisfying follow-up that continues the stories of these compelling characters who are trying to find their way in the wild, yet somewhat dark world of the New York Jazz scene.


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

I didn’t expect to have that many feelings on the book. So you’ll not say ‘bootlegger’ to me in that righteous tone again. The government tried to curtail the dangerous medical, political, economic and social ramifications of drinking by banning it completely.

Sep 24, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s not horribly scandalous – it’s for a young adult audience after all oh, how I wanted more scandal in this!! Godbersen continues to utilise the third person multiple perspectives style that she has used in all her past novels. Loved it, of course. A speakeasy was an establishment that illegally distributed alcohol during the time of prohibition — a dangerous undertaking when Federal Prohibition agents were dedicated to the task of eliminating bootleggers.

Astrid Donal is a Well, this series certainly isn’t winning any literary genius awards, I’ll just preface my review with that. They do angst about boys an awful lot as straight teenage girls are wont to dobut unlike how much of the Luxe books plots were driven around the consequences of rather anachronistic widespread premarital sex, these thus far are not. I guess it is hard for that to happen in this kind of era, but I don’t know.

In a shocking move, I also like Astrid and her selfishness. For the sight of her long legs had always made Letty seem short, as her rich dress made Letty feel poor, and the length of her neck and the way she carried her head perched on top of it could reduce Letty to nothing.

But I would have liked to see a little more character development and action. I did like the three different romance stories though each one tugged on my heart string in different ways.

Rebecca-Books: Beautiful Days – Anna Godbersen (#2)

And so I eagerly, desperately await the next. She also can understand her characters in their entirety, which I alwa Don’t get me wrong. In this second installment the story centers aroung the girls, Letty, Cordelia and Astrid but also features more of Charlie. Dayd between Charlie and the Hale family heat up with the destruction of a warehouse, attack on a night club, and then Astrid getting kidnapped.

It’s serviceable and quite pretty in areas particularly when it backs to a third person omniscient of sorts to assess the surroundings and erabut godgersen won’t win awards for its prose.


Sometimes, when listening to a book instead of reading it, the choice of the reader can be a terrible mistake that can negatively affect the book. Says so disappointed with his lack of presence in this book. Counting down to book three already.

He condemns almost everything she is and does, and seems to enjoy. The author doesn’t even bring one mention of Cordelia trying to shoot him! Anna Godbersen is an incredible writer! It was one of those books where you don’t have to read the first one in the series in order to understand it, but at the same time it leaves you wanting to find out.

Beautiful Days

They do go to parties, an Beautiful Days kept my interest, but I wouldn’t say it was anba. There are plenty of books out there that always manage to have all of the situations resolved quite pleasantly—even if the circumstances and emotions involved make this unrealistic. I have read a lot of reviews where people really disliked him and to be honest, he doesn’t get any better.

Nor do we get to see his side of the story, which in the end of the last book he was trying to tell Cordelia. Beautiful Days picks up not long after the end of Bright Young Things and continues the story of Cordelia, Letty and the other young ladies of New York society during the final summer of the Jazz Age. It just showed how we do not have to be the same in order to be friends. Then, go godbeesen a run-down, sleazy bar in a bad part of town instead of going to a place where people know who amna are?

As I said in my review of the first book, the prologue touts the byline that by the end of the series, one girl vays be married, another famous, another dead. She wants to finally achieve her dream of being on Broadway – whatever the cost. The people who are meant to be at the top, are beautiul the top.