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Ingenue (Flappers #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,528 ratings  ·  268 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
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
Carmen Rey
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
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
Bianca Katharine  Islington
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
*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
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
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
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
There's one word to sum up every character in this book: selfish.

Set about six months after Vixen, Gloria Carmody and her pianist boyfriend Jerome have run off to New York, where her cousin Clara is now also living to be near her own boyfriend, incoming Columbia freshman Marcus Eastman; to round out the gang, Gloria's ex-bestie Lorraine is now working in a New York speakeasy and Jerome's sister Vera comes to the city to find him.

This book has a lot to like—if anything, it has more period flavor
Nellie Flores
To be honest the first book in this series held my attention a lot better than this one. Don't get me wrong it had its high points, but sometimes I felt like that story was a bit of a stretch. I mean, all of the main characters just happen to be in the same city, i.e., New York, and concerned about the same thing, i.e., Gloria? That's a little unconvincing. I know it's fiction, but even in fiction the story has to be believable. The fact that these 17-18 year old kids had enough money to pay ren ...more
We read the first in this series, Vixen, last year for book club. I loved it but never got around to reading book 2. I am sorry I waited so long, because I just finished Ingenue, Book 2, and I loved it too!

The flappers this books revolves around are three very different girls - Gloria, Lorraine, and Clara. We got to know them in Vixen, but Ingenue shows the girls in the midst of growing up and becoming women rather than girls. Gloria and Jerome have a new set of problems, and have not yet solved
Part one, "Fools in Love" lacked the intensity I was looking for. But the light switched on in part two, "Fool's Gold" with the plot and tensions between lovers, and between the Lorraine and Gloria and the mob heating up. Lorraine knows that Jerome and Gloria are desperate to perform and eat, so traps them with an audition ad tailored to entice. Clara faces having to choose between flirting with flapper life again and wonderful, patient, redeeming Marcus. Her foray into writing for the "Manhatta ...more
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I really wish there was a better description for this book. I obviously liked Vixen enough to read the sequel, but I was hoping that this would be better than the first. I got so much more than I bargained for.

Gloria and Jerome are trying to make it on their own in New York City. But, it's not easy for any young couple trying to make ends met. Add in the fact that they aren't they same race in a time when frowned upon doesn't even begin to describe their relationship. Their living on the edge of
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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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