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The Lucky Ones (Bright Young Things #3)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,105 ratings  ·  220 reviews
In 1929, the Bright Young Things escape Manhattan's heat for the lush lawns and sparkling bays of White Cove, looking for leisure, love, and luck.

New York City's latest It Girl, Cordelia Grey, is flying high with celebrity pilot Max Darby. But Max is a private person with a reputation to uphold—and a secret to hide. A public romance with a bootlegger's daughter could cost
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Harper Teen
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
It's about time.

Finally, I got some real bootlegging action! It's not a real prohibition book unless some illegal liquor is consumed and guns are pulled.

And the flyboy...oh, the flyboy. I was able to fully to commit to love him this time.

OH, and...I won't let on which of the 3 err 5 male love interests said this....

...but I had a moment of would this have been said in the 1920's? when reading it (and yes, it WAS in all caps). Apparently, he really wanted to get
Shelby Boyer
Oh, Anna Godbersen. I've got such a literary crush on you.

The cynic inside me always anticipates being disappointed, but it never is. Every one of these books has impressed me. They might be a guilty pleasure, but they are stunning, beautiful, well-written and well thought out creations that make it impossible to feel guilty over loving. And love it I did. In fact, I miss it already.

This was a beautiful read. Godbersen is a master of language and moments. She has a way of spinning words togethe
For most of this book, I went back and forth with my feelings. I couldn't believe this was the finale, because it just felt like another installment (and the Luxe had been four books, so I just expected it to be the same here.) It also didn't feel as exciting or compelling as the other two, until the end. I have to say, the end got rid of all of my bad feelings and the book was just as magical, probably more, than the others.

Anna Godbersen is an amazing writer. One of my all-time favorites. Her
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I can't wait till this book comes out I just finished beatiful days and it was really good. Ahh the one bad thing I hate about starting a new series is that just came out is that I have to wait for the other books to come out:(...

SOOOOOO GOOOD! I HATE THAT IT'S OVER. No more Bright Young Things. I was glued to this book as much as I could be with my busy life right now. I read it pretty quickly and didnt' want to put it down!

I dont' want to give anything away. If you haven't read this trilogy.... Give it a try.. I think you will be pleasantly suprised.

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall"- F. Scott Fiztgerald

Setting:New York City; 1929

Coverly Love?:As always, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I want a flapper dress!!

Plot:Astrid is starting to get used to being Mrs. Charlie Grey after their whirlwind wedding. Unfortunately, Mr. Charlie Grey is almost never around, due to his bootlegging business taking up so much of his time. And Astrid is getting rather bored without him being there, especially when there's a handsome b
Tiffany (About to Read)
Anna Godbersen is one of my favorite authors of all time, so I will faithfully devour anything she puts out. Anna continues to immerse us in her beautiful writing and transport us back to the 1920s with her imagery. The plot and characters are just as strong as they were in the beginning of the series, but there is a note of caution that was absent from the earlier novels now that the girls have all lived through some very horrific tragedies.

One of the things I love about Anna’s characters is t
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Hooray! There's a synopsis now, along with the beautiful new cover. :) Can't wait!!!


Gee whiz, this series/trilogy was so delightfully fun and entertaining to read. I give it 4 stars simply because it didn't MOVE me (no tears, no big bouts of laughter) and there wasn't really much of a lesson to be learnt from reading these books. I enjoyed every page of this trilogy though; I guess I just love reading about horrible and vapid people (I mean, come on, I loved The Great Gatsby!.

I suppose if I e
Alice Hardy
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Annie June
Anna Godbersen's Bright Young Things ends with this last installment, and the ending is a fair bit underwhelming. This doesn't mean the book was bad, but this was a trilogy that had two strong first books, and it's difficult to watch as the final book just doesn't seem to hold its own.

Positive to note, though, is that Godbersen's writing is again very strong. I haven't read her Luxe series, but from what I've heard, this new series of hers has progressed her writing well. Without her skill this
More of a 3.5, honestly. The outcome teased by the anonymous narrator (whose identity is finally confirmed) since the beginning book of the series finally plays out, and not in the way I had expected.

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Dec 22, 2014 Megan rated it 1 of 5 stars
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I haven't quite finished this yet but I already know how I'm going to rate it. Literally no f***s were given about any of the main characters. Not any of the characters really. Except maybe Good Egg. The rest could have fallen off a cliff and I wouldn't thought "meh." Letty is the literal worst. An idiot supreme. "Oh Sophia is sick I have to get to her!" No you f***ing idiot she's an adulteress. Just like the rest of you. Literally. If I hadn't loved the Luxe series so much I definitely would no ...more
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This is one of the best endings to a series I've ever read. On, its own I'd say that book was on par with Bright Young Things and Beautiful Days, but it was a really strong and satisfying ending. The only thing that confused me was how under the author blurb it said there would be a sequel to TLO. I don't really see where the series could go from here unless it's going to focus on all new characters. I strongly recommend everyone read this series, it's everything you could hope for in a series f ...more
Eva Mandy
I think I'm still in shock? The Lucky Ones is indeed one of the best final books in a series I've ever read. I thought Splendor (the conclusion of The Luxe) was amazing, but this -the ending for the BYT series- just blew my mind.

You know when you're reading a trilogy and the first book is completely amazing, the second one is slightly worse and the third one is just one big fat disappointment? Well, this was just THE OTHER WAY ROUND. My main complaint about the first two books was that they were
I'm a little conflicted about Ms. Godbersen's books, both this series & the Luxe series. I really enjoy them while I'm reading them. However, neither series has left me with an ending that I was satisfied with for all of the characters. Perhaps it's just me, as I prefer happy (or at least not disappointing) endings for characters in whom I've invested several books worth of time.
Okay, let me start by telling you the epilogue was bad. I mean, Harry-Potter-and-the-Deathly-Hallows-epilogue-bad. Pretty much nothing in that epilogue made sense... Astrid (view spoiler) ...more
I was rather underwhelmed with this book, the ending of the series. I'm not happy with how any of the three girls' lives went on after the conclusion, and the character growth was practically not there at all. Letty is still an idiot, Cordelia just turned blah, and Astrid is all over the place. On a positive note, the bootleggers actually fought in this one, and there was a lot more action than the previous installment. I was really disappointed that the author didn't do more with the end of tha ...more
1.5 stars? I don't really care.

Again, each character's plot just plodded along, with almost no one making any proactive decisions, and I was bored out of my mind the whole time. The only thing that could perk me up was the promise of a romantic-type thing between Victor and Astrid. Occasionally Cordelia and Max's relationship was interesting, too. (I am concerned that I am getting someone's name wrong, but it's okay if I did.) Letty, as usual, is the actual worst and her entire storyline is poin
I'm not sure what to think. I liked parts of it and was bored by some. I thought the epilogue was a little ridiculous, especially about Astrid. Overall I think I liked the Luxe series a little more even though I love the Roaring 20's.
Tori Stuckey
In the first book, the narrator tells us that by the end one girl would end up married, one would be famous and one would be dead. To sum up how I felt about this story, I alternated between which girl I hoped would end up dead. Just as soon as I was sure I knew who I wanted it to be, I would read a little more about one of the others and then that girl would quickly take the lead. It would have been far more satisfying if they all had died in the end (or maybe the beginning). A more self-obsess ...more
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Quite a good end to an interesting series, but, as always with Ms Godbersen, I found the conclusion a little too abrupt, and was left wondering what points she had been trying to make, or ideas she had been trying to explore throughout the whole series- the resolutions the characters got struck me as rushed and out-of-the-blue which rendered the whole finale a little bit meaningless. I have to admit the direction their futures took (especially Astrid) I found to be rather uncharacteristic.
But th
This was better than the second novel but still nothing special. I had hoped that the ending would redeem it but by the end I was just tired of the characters and their inability to make good decisions or learn from their mistakes.
The first novel hooks you by teling you that by the end, someone will be famous, someone will be married, and someone will be dead. I kept reading because I wanted to find out but when it all went down, I was just left thinking, "Oh. Ok."
I did have fun reading parts
This was an altogether amazing series by Anna Godbersen! She kept me hooked until the very end, I didn't want to put this book down. The relationships between the characters were so powerful and meaningful that I felt like I was reading a true story; none of the cheesy stuff we get a lot of the time in our modern day book world (accept, of course in Cassandra Clare books). Also, a bitter-sweet ending left you crying for Cordelia and smiling at the thought of Letty and Grady finally together maki ...more
I enjoyed this series...not the best ever, but not bad (3.5 stars). I may have enjoyed it a bit more since I am a newish New Yorker myself, and have been both in love and disenchanted with the city life. I found myself relating mostly to Cordelia and Astrid more as the story went on, as they had a bit more gumption. Letty honestly annoyed the crap out of me by the end, she was just too naive and starry-eyed for my taste. But the most naive girl did have the happiest ending, so I'm not sure what ...more
I had to finish the series, and I wasn't disappointed. I like the ending with a bit of uncertainty for one character but all characters making choices for happiness rather than money and prestige was a nice change. The interracial relationship was something I liked too although I think the repercussions of such in the 20s were a bit downplayed. Good storyline, nice dialogue, and excellent research on the authors's part. A good series but lacks the "evil" characters that made the Luxe series so s ...more
Amy Schmalbach
I was a bit nervous for the ending of this series after being so disappointed by the ending of Godberson's Luxe series. Thankfully, this one was much more satisfying. Oddly, I found myself caring more about Astrid than about Letty or Cordelia, who were my favorite characters in the other books - props to Godberson for humanizing Astrid and forcing her to peak outside her cocoon of self-centeredness and conscious obliviousness.

The epilogue was interesting in that it was told from Billy's perspect
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Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
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