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Debutantes (Debutantes #1)

3.13 of 5 stars 3.13  ·  rating details  ·  411 ratings  ·  97 reviews
It's 1923 and the world is changing fast - London is a whirl of jazz, dancing, parties and decadence. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but, stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country with their reclusive father, London seems a lifetime away. The Derrington sisters are convinced that if Violet can only become a debutante, she ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by MacMillan Children's Books
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Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
The summary and title for this are rather misleading. The story revolves around 4 sisters, all named after flowers. The oldest is Violet at 18, Daisy and Poppy are twins at 16, and Rose is the youngest at 12. Each sister has a different hair colour; black, red, blonde, and brown, which is rather ridiculous and extremely unlikely. The MC is Daisy, 16, blonde, and an aspiring film director. Her and her sisters all have a hobby that keeps them extremely occupied. Daisy is constantly filming somethi ...more
Premeditating: I am incredibly wary of young adult historical fiction. I won't even look twice at those pretty dresses and flashy tales about young women in the hight of glamour any more. I have been disillusioned that a beautiful cover means it will be a beautiful book. ... But oh my god! This cover takes the cake. It. is. amazing. So yes, I will be reading this because of the cover, even if reviews start trickling in that call this another outright costume fiction flop. I am a proud cover junk ...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Debutantes is going to be quite a challenging book for me to review. This is another book where I was quite honestly blinded by the beauty of the cover - just look at it, isn't it gorgeous? I did of course read the blurb and whilst I don't read all that much historical fiction, what I have read I have enjoyed, so I was excited to give this one a go.

I will admit that I wasn't immediately taken with this book when I started with it. It's a bit of a slow burner and rather than having much action or
Jun 06, 2012 Erika marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
THIS is the most beautiful cover I have seen all year.
Debutantes is a fun, light and enjoyable read. Set in 1920’s England, the Derrington sisters each have different personalities, and they do not blend together – they all are individual characters, with different aspirations. The first book focuses mainly on Daisy, who is interesting and hopes to become a film director. Violet, one of her sisters, hoped to be a debutante and come out for a season in London. Poppy loved jazz and had a band with locals in their town. Rose wanted to be a newspaper e ...more
Whispering Words...
I really enjoyed Debutantes and found it to be a fun, light hearted read that transports the reader back to the glamorous age of the 1920’s. Full of vivid descriptions it shares the magical sheen of new technologies, risky fashions and scandalous love affairs unique to the time period. It is a must read for any fans of YA historical fiction!

Although the book is about all four of the Derrington girls, this story mostly focuses on the younger twin Daisy. A future film director to be – she is neve
By Cora Harrison. Grade B+
Debutantes was my first encounter with the genre of historical fiction, and I am glad that I read it. Had it not been for this review copy I got, I would probably not be planning to try as many books as I can in this genre in the near future.
It’s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresse
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
The Derrington sisters Violet, Daisy, Rose, and Poppy all live in London all longing to be part of the rich lifestyle they used to live in. A lot of their wealth has been depleted due to their father's business decisions. Their only hope is for the eldest sister Violet to marry, and to debut her place in society as a dutiful wife to a wealthy man. The plot given to us is none other than Violet wanting to marry a rich man and her sisters trying to help her along the way.

I loved the gorgeous deta
By Cora Harrison. Grade B+
Debutantes was my first encounter with the genre of historical fiction, and I am glad that I read it. Had it not been for this review copy I got, I would probably not be planning to try as many books as I can in this genre in the near future.
It’s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresse
Such a beautiful cover; such a waste of time! I was not planning on buying a book that day, but I loved how pretty the cover was, and the story seemed interesting. Instead of the interesting story however, all I got was predictable plot, extremely bad writing, and zero connection. This story is told in such a dispassionate way that not only could I never like the characters, most of them left a bad taste in my mouth as well. I couldn't even keep up with which sister was which; they're all named ...more
The blurb and cover of this book made it look much better than it was, especially due to the tagline: "The season of parties, romance and secrets is about to begin..." First of all, we are only told that the parties were attended by Violet, although are given very little detail about what happened at them. There is literally NO romance throughout the novel, and there's one secret, which I guessed right at the beginning, before Elaine was even introduced. Also, the blurb says that "Daisy is about ...more
Megan (The Book Babe)
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I'm a big fan of historical YA as a genre. That being said, I wasn't a big fan of this book. It was heartbreakingly slow-- to the point that nothing really happened. I may like historical, but I like a little mystery or intrigue. This didn't deliver on that front.

There was a mystery, but I found it trivial. The hints weren't very well done, because I figured out the mystery long before it was time. I'm not a huge fan of that, but in a world where
Annabel Alder
This book was one of those that you finish with no comments other than 'well that's a load of time I'll never get back.' I'm not sure if I like it or not. Sure, I gave it four stars. Three for the cover. AHHH! It makes me think of cake! Two for the gorgeous time period and settings. And minus one for the misleading blurb.
This book follows the lives of four young girls as they 'escape' from their massive, beautiful country home to cold, dingy London for a season of partying. The story is mainly t
A fairly predictable, two dimensional story. The characters were all described in one way and then locked in that description for the rest of the book. Violet- a debutante, vain, beautiful, obsessed with rich men. Poppy, a musician, selfish. Daisy, film director, manager of everyone. Rose, writer. And they acted like their chosen careers All. The. Time.

Rose was always making up headlines or stories about everything that happened, Daisy was always filming everything and so on and so forth. After
oh WOW the cover is so lovely!
Outwardly, Debutantes seems promising. It has an intriguing jacket blurb, a professional cover, and is written by an author who has experience in the genre. Unfortunately, this book didn’t wow me at all. I came in expecting a novel similar to something by Anna Godbersen, but instead I was constantly reminded of Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn, another historical novel I didn’t particularly care for.

Right away, Cora Harrison introduces the four Derrington sisters: Violet, Poppy, Daisy, and Rose. Th
This was such a heart-warming read! I’ve been meaning to read Debutantes since I first saw it on my friend’s bookshelf about three years ago. The summary on the back of the book seemed very intriguing at that time, because I was obsessed with Downton Abbey and Debutantes definitely has a DA vibe to it.

We are in 1923, specifically in the beginning of the ball season. This is the time when young female members of the aristocracy are introduced to the public, and thus many young girls are about to
Ana Garcês
Doce e açucarado, Debutantes é um livro que está cheio de divertimento feminino. Narrado – na maior parte – do ponto de vista de Daisy, a aspirante a realizadora de cinema, somos guiadas numa jornada pela Inglaterra dos anos 20 e pelas vidas das quatro irmãs Derrington.

Quando chega a temporada de debutante da Violet, as quatro irmãs juntam-se e tentam fazer acontecer e, para isso, metem cada um dos seus talentos para ajudar Violet e isso inclui a Daisy a tirar uma fotografia à Violet para a env
Paula  Phillips
As we all know how much I love covers , this book shows how much a cover can influence someone to buy a book as the fact that I love the 1920's era books as well helped. But, I just can't stop gushing over how amazing this cover art is from the flowers to the main picture of the girl who seems porcelain which in this era was all the rage. Debutantes by Cora Harrison in a slight way reminded me of the book Ballet Shoes by Noel Stretfeild in which the girls all wanted to become somebody but their ...more
4.5 stars

*shiver* *shiver* Why is it so cold in here all of a sudden? Debutantes takes place in England - Kent and London - in the 20s. And Kent is a cold, cold place - the weather is chilly and there's little to do for young ladies. The impoverished Derrington family live in the huge The Beech Grove Manor that has seem better days. The once glorious manor (I imagined it was like Downton Abbey) is still somehow charming, but also badly heated, full of spider webs and only a few servants to look
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed the 1920's setting - Cora Harrison does a great job of bringing it all alive. And I loved the sisters too - their dynamic kind of reminded me of Little Women.

The mystery element to this was really good and I really enjoyed it! While some may work it out before I did, I was surprised at the revelations - I'm very interested to see what happens next and what it means for the sisters. I'm assuming the series will concentrate on a different sister, so I'm looking forward to
Debutantes is a sweet historical novel set in the 1920s Kent countryside. When I was reading it, I kept thinking this is Pride and Prejudice meets Dawson’s Creek. It is a romance but it’s also a novel of friendship and making your own way in the world.

It’s the story of four sisters who are the daughters of an Earl. Sadly, the Derrington’s fortune was lost on a mining business venture and so the family estate is in a state of disrepair. There is no male heir and so the estate will pass to a cousi
Precisely written and engaging, Cora Harrison has created a novel of romance, parties and secrets in the year of 1923. I believe that Harrison has captured the essence of that era beautifully and has been able to portray it to her readers all the same.

I’m going to start by saying what I most enjoyed about this book and it was in fact the character, Rose. For a 12-year-old Harrison has portrayed her to be quite mature and already knows what she wants for a career. Although I admired this, the thi
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
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What caught my attention when I first heard about Debutantes was the fact that it’s supposed to be ‘the perfect read for Downton Abbey fans’. As a huge fan of this show I just knew I had to read this – and it blew me away.

At the risk of sounding terribly gushy, there was nothing I didn’t like about this book. The story centres around the four Derrington sisters who, a few chapters in, I became really fond of. I love the fact that th
Everything about this book is just so PRETTY it HURTS. AHHHHHHH. It took me a while to really get hooked into the story, but I think that's just me and any historical novel really.

The relationship between the Derrington sisters was lovely. And the sisters themselves were fantastic! I think Rose in particular was my favourite, wanting to be a writer--I could totes relate to that. But the other three were also really awesome to read about, Daisy's budding-film-director self was captivating. I love

Debutantes really made me feel like I’d been transported back to the 1920s! I loved the dynamic between the four sisters and all the great descriptions – if you like historical fiction, then this book is for you.

Daisy, Poppy, Violet and Rose were all likeable girls (though Violet could get on my nerves at times) but I think my favourite was Daisy. She wanted to be a famous filmmaker and really didn’t care too much about dances and marriage – though she did worry about her eldest sister Viol
Violet, Poppy, Rose and Daisy, four sisters, who are longing to make something of their lives; it is the nineteen twenties and their widowed father and the aunt who lives with them do not seem to be doing anything about changing their situation. The girls decide to do something themselves. Violet wants to be a debutante and marry money so that her sisters can go and live with her.

Poppy plays jazz and wants to make her name a jazz musician; Daisy wants to be a film director and Rose wants to be
I think that Debutantes had all the possibility to be amazing, but it fell a little short for me.

I expected to hear from each of the four Derrington girls equally so I was surprised to find Debutantes written in third person close-up, focusing on Daisy. I was a little disappointed about that as although I enjoyed getting to know and love Daisy, the other three girls remained a little one-dimensional for me.

Poppy is self-involved and a complete airy fairy; Violet is pretty selfish and I found her
Well, I think an appropiate summary of the terrible experience I had with this book would be the old adage "Don't judge a book by its cover." Aye, how true it is.

I fell for the cover of this book hook, line and sinker whilst browsing in Waterstones. So when it appeared in my local library, I snapped it up, wanting to read it as soon as possible.

I don't even know why I wasted my time.

This book was awful. And I know there are some other awful books out there, like Twilight and those Becca Fitzpatr
Rebecca- Books
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I discovered Cora Harrison a couple of years ago when I picked up I was Jane Austen's Best Friend (review) after choosing it as 'the other book' in one of the classic Waterstone's 3 for 2 and found myself pleasantly surprised by the depth of knowledge on Jane Austen, the subtle parodies and hints of Austen's own novels and just the lovely simplistic writing that made it perfect for a summer read on holiday.
I also bought the sequel,
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Cora Harrison worked as a headteacher before she decided to write her first novel. She has since published twenty-six children's novels. My Lady Judge was her first book in a Celtic historical crime series for adults that introduces Mara, Brehon of the Burren. Cora lives on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland.

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