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Ingenue (Flappers #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,715 Ratings  ·  280 Reviews
Power . . . love . . . scandal . . .
There’s never enough to go around.

In the city that never sleeps, Lorraine Dyer is wide awake. Ever since she exposed Clara Knowles for the tramp she was—and lost her closest confidante in the process—Lorraine has spent every second scheming to make her selfish, lovesick ex–best friend pay for what she did. No one crosses Lorraine. Not ev
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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OK, I'm pushing 40, so the whole YA appeal of this book came off as completely immature. But not even the writing was able to compensate for it. It was bland and cliched to the point where (as I was listening to audio) I was finishing sentences (correctly!) before the narrator had finished.

The characters were ridiculously immature, and it was a real stretch for me to enjoy this story when the entire cast tops out at about 25 years old. Hard-bitten gangst
Oct 07, 2014 Emma rated it liked it
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Gloria Carmody had to leave Chicago in a hurry after killing a mobster. She hoped to find a new start in New York City with Jerome Johnson. But a white woman loving a black man is just as hard in New York as it was in Chicago. Love aside, living in New York is much harder without the Carmody money supporting her.

Vera Johnson knows Gloria and her brother Jerome left Chicago for good reason. But when trouble threatens to follow them to New York will Vera be able to warn them both before it's too l
I like the setting, the lingo, the characters, (though the addition as Vera as a main narrator is superfluous). Jillian Larkin forgot to include a plot among all this atmosphere. 1920's New York is a fun place to be, but the entire book hinges on people trying to find Gloria who's hiding out after the events of the previous book, Vixen, the more interesting predecessor.

I can't have hated it that much though since I intend to round off the next book in the trilogy, Diva. Hopefully this was borin
Dec 25, 2014 BRNTerri rated it really liked it
I wasn’t as impressed or excited by this second installment as I was with the first in The Flappers series. The story takes place six months after Vixen ends. The entire plotline was about everyone trying to track down Gloria and Jerome for a past crime involving them. It got to be a bit tedious.

I found it totally unbelievable that all three main female characters, Gloria, Clara, and Lorraine all coincidentally ended up in the same place, New York. I wish the story had stayed centered in Chicag
Shelby Boyer
Aug 14, 2011 Shelby Boyer rated it it was ok
I was such a lover of her first book, Vixen, and I was so looking forward to this one. But it almost felt like Larkin forgot how to write; and, if not that, she completely forgot who her characters were in the first. She tried passing it off as "characterization," but it felt force and contrived--the things she made these once so believable characters into. Now they're flat, stale, unlikeable. Even her plot remains the same, she just rotates what happened to which characters. After making Lorrai ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teen thru Adult
Recommended to Theresa by: Vine
Flappers, speakeasies, prohibition, gangsters, jazz, an interracial relationship and murder all jump from the pages of "Ingenue". This young adult book transports the reader back to a time when life was exciting and dangerous and where interracial relationships were forbidden.

Glo and Raine give such life to the story. They both came from "good" influential homes, decided to "sow their wild oats" and ended up involved living lives they never dreamed of. Both lives influenced by the mob, they do
Jul 14, 2011 Teril rated it it was amazing
Jillian Larking takes us back into the second in the installment of her Flappers series with the question, "How much can we take in the name of love?"
All of our characters are back from the last book, Vixen and now their story is getting deeper.
As the stress of Gloria and Jerome are still on the run and their future is not looking too bright as the Mob is still high on their tail as well as a recent foe Lorraine.
Clara begins to find her voice in a juicy magazine while moving farther from the str
Jan 21, 2015 Tanj rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-crap
If i could give it a 3.5 I would, but definitely not a 4

I really like the idea behind the series. However, adding the fourth perspective was a little too much. At least in Vixen, all three girls were somewhat intermixing. In Ingenue, it took way too long for all four paths to collide and it made reading it a little tedious, since you'd have to remember four chapters back every time you got to the next character. It also made the plot feel rushed since four different stories were being crammed in
Waffle  Writer
I feel like I should be ashamed for reading and enjoying this book, but you know what? I'm not.

This is the second book in The Flappers trilogy, by Jillian Larkin, which takes place in my all-time favorite time period to read about - The Roaring 1920s.

Speakeasies, Flapper girls, Debutantes, drama, Mobsters, Jazz... in this book, I get everything I could ever love about this time period. (Fine. Maybe I would like a bootlegger or two thrown in, just for kicks and giggles.)

This is pretty much Gos
Vixen has been one of my favorite reads this year, so I was really looking forward to Ingenue. And while it was certainly very good and didn't disappoint per se, there was definitely a bit of a sophomore slump here. First, Ingenue wasn't quite as long, so I felt like the entire story was a bit short; it's the second in a series, a sort of segue, and it definitely feels like that - like it's tying up loose ends from book 1 and introducing new elements for the finale.

That being said, there's just
Manoja K.
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Jessica at Book Sake
Nov 07, 2011 Jessica at Book Sake rated it it was ok
Ingenue is the follow up to last year’s Vixen (The Flappers). Ingenue picks up shortly after Vixen ended with all of the main characters in New York as they have fled Chicago for different, but related, reasons. The story is shown through each of the female characters point of view. Lorraine, Raine, is still scheming to throw Gloria under the bus and doubting herself the entire way. Gloria is just trying to keep it together with her true love, despite what society thinks about an interracial cou ...more
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing
The first book in this incredible series titled, The Flapper Series, was Vixen. And with that first incredible noel, readers were introduced to the ‘Roaring 20’s’ and the fun, power, and mystique that the twenties still carry today. The clothes were cool, the music was jazz, the mobsters were many, and the people who had their own little niches had their own little secrets, romances, and futures all planned out in the crazy, entertaining world.

Ingénue is the second installment in The Flapper Se
Jul 03, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ingénues, plural

1. An innocent or unsophisticated young woman
2. A part of this type in a play
3. An actress who plays such a part

I'll admit that I wasn't that excited about Vixen, the first book in the Flappers series. I guess that when I read it, I was just a little Roaring Twenties-ed out, between Anna Godberson's Bright Young Things and HBO's Boardwalk Empire, so it didn't seem like much beyond a bunk of bandwagon-y cliches set in the Twenties. But when I had the opportunity to r
Usually we don’t find the second in a series to be worthwhile. They are bridge books to get us to the third. Not so with The Ingenue.

While continuing the story of all three girls, the bulk of the story is again on Gloria and Jerome. They are now in New York, looking for a job and finding none. Until Gloria finds work in a small nightclub in an almost too-perfect job description- they even want a redhead! There is a need for a piano player too (after the first very competent player was fired) Bla
Meredith Amelotti
Jun 16, 2015 Meredith Amelotti rated it really liked it
You can find a full review for The Flappers: Ingenue by Jillian Larkin at A Book Lover's Corner .

Ingenue, the second book in the Flappers series, did not disappoint. There was more involvement of the mob, more flaws to the seemingly perfect relationships, and of course suspense. You will find yourself asking question after question as you try to solve the puzzle. Who ends up with who? Is he who he really says he is? Will love when out in the end? Can I trust you? If you are tired of the current
Renee Hall
Aug 02, 2016 Renee Hall rated it it was ok
Not on par with the first book, but I'm uncertain if that's because the '20s novelty has worn off a bit or if it's because some of the characters are starting to seem a little more cartoonish than previously. Unfortunately, I probably won't get to the third book anytime soon, since my library doesn't have it and I'm not interested in the series enough to buy #3 when I don't own (and probably wouldn't re-read) the others.
Carmen Rey
Mar 03, 2013 Carmen Rey rated it did not like it
The first book was good. Not the greatest book, but good enough that, when I was at the library, I made a point to pick up the second and third. First, I started to read the third before the second, and part of me wishes I hadn't decided to go back. I was fine without having read the second and probably would have been happier. The book kind of starts to display just how out of place some of the writer's word choices are and definitely how shallow her characters are. It's everything I hate about ...more
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
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Ingenue is very different from the first book, Vixen, in that we’re already familiar with the world of the flappers. Gloria has very truly rebelled this time and is bold enough to live alone (and unmarried) with a black man in 1920s America. I don’t know about you, but it takes a lot of courage to defy those heavily ingrained societal prejudices surrounding both living together without being married and having an interracial relationship. That’s why Gloria is still my favourite character in this ...more
Becky Keir Grace
Jan 04, 2016 Becky Keir Grace rated it really liked it
In this second book in the Flappers series all of our main characters are off pursing their own destinies. Gloria and Jerome have run away to New York City together in hopes of putting their musical talents to good use and being able to live as a normal couple. Clara and Marcus are also each living in New York, and Lorraine has found her way to the big city a well now the manager of a speakeasy. Adding to the cast of characters is, Vera, Jerome's younger sister. She too has found her way to New ...more
Bianca Islington
Sep 28, 2015 Bianca Islington rated it really liked it
Like the first one, this was a romantic, intriguing read that kept the reader on their toes.
Vera, Clara , Lorraine and Gloria were all badass, brave and independent girls that longed for love.
After killing a gangster in Chicago, blue blooded debutante Gloria runs away with black musician Jerome to New York. This aspect of the story was touching and very sad to read about how uptight and racist the society was back then. Gloria had to sneak into their shared apartment and Jerome couldn't get in
Ashley Mclaughlin
Feb 03, 2014 Ashley Mclaughlin rated it it was amazing
*Spoilers involving the end of Vixen!

Absolutely gripping! I could not put the book down! The book picks up a little time away from where Vixen ended, with Gloria and Jerome struggling to survive, Clara and Marcus testing their love, and Lorraine simply trying to be.

Gloria and Jerome's story takes off without a hitch, leading to plenty of problems to be resolved, tests that their love must overcome, and this edition to Gloria's life is certainly my favorite, with more of a loving, even if it is
 Lianne Mei
Mar 20, 2014 Lianne Mei rated it liked it
This series is very similar to Luxe series by Anna Godberson, similar plot line. I still dislike Lorraine but now I also dislike Clara. They are both stupid characters. Both of the situations could have been easily resolved if they had used common sense and told their lover what was happening ( Lorraine did so but it didn't work out) and Clara didn't and Marcus found out about what she was doing and then he stopped wanting to be with her (read this book and you will understand).

I consider Lorra
Tori B
May 23, 2014 Tori B rated it really liked it
This is one of those light, easy reads on my bookshelf. It's not full of depth or dimension but a fun read all the same.

Overall, I liked Ingenue and plan to finish the series by reading Diva. Both Vixen and Ingenue read the same for me -- a slow build, a sudden connection to the characters and then off racing with the drama. I started both books not really sure if i'd finish them but both times the last 100 pages hooked me in.

I also find it tough to read stories about young teenage girls galav
Ms. Davis
Jan 02, 2016 Ms. Davis rated it liked it
A stronger second book in the series! This was a great follow up to the first - the characters definitely became richer to me and the storylines took turns that I didn't expect. Of course, I continued to enjoy the Roaring Twenties setting - now moved to the Big Apple. And the flapper dialogue/slang was still right up my alley! But what I most enjoyed was the movement of the relationships in this book (especially the romances) - Clara starts to become her own woman and Gloria's true love is truth ...more
Hallo meine Fans!! I just finished reading Ingénue which is the second book in the “Vixen” series by Jillian Larkin. I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much because it felt like it was just an unnecessary amount of plot line if that makes sense. I didn’t enjoy this book so much that I decided to not even read the third book so I will probably never complete this series. Let’s get into the review!!!

My main concern was just that all of this felt like it could have been in the first book. No need f
Mar 30, 2012 Minnie rated it it was amazing
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May 01, 2012 April Leonard rated it it was amazing
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Jun 12, 2016 Amy Mikaelson rated it liked it
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Jillian Larkin’s fascination with flappers and the 1920s began during her childhood, which included frequent home screenings of the classic Julie Andrews/Carol Channing film Thoroughly Modern Millie. She lives in New York
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