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Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things #2)

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For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.

After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys' lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan's bustling metro
Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published September 1st 2011)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read w/Meg

So far, this trilogy is turning out to be more of a whimper than a roar. Book 1 seemed to have much more oomph than book 2 did. I miss the scandal, the sneaking around, and the nightlife!

I was looking forward to more of this...

...and instead I sat around waiting for things to happen.

Now, don't get me wrong. Anna Godbersen can write the heck out of coming-of-age stories. I love how her passion for the style and feeling of an era shines through in every single thing she writes. But I was missing t
I almost feel guilty putting this book on the 'historical fiction' shelf. It's hardly historical fiction, despite the fact that it's set in the 20s. The most historical things in it are the clothes, some slang and, of course, the Prohibition and bootlegging. Otherwise, it's watered-down Gossip Girl with era envy.

I didn't much enjoy the first book in the series, and read this one out of a weird sense of obligation. Whereas Bright Young Things was simply unimpressive, Beautiful Days was borderlin
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Anna Godbersen is officially Queen of period novels and my book loving heart! That's all thanks to Beautiful Days, the second novel in the Bright Young Things series.

Now, I am usually a pretty fast reader, but I really enjoyed taking my time with this book. I completely immersed myself in the world of speakeasies, bootleggers and flappers. Side note: I may or may not have started addressing people with "Yes, darling."

Don't judge me. It's not my fault Godbersen does a fantastic job of
Madeleine Rex
Dec 17, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Bring it on!!

...As soon as possible...
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

This won't win awards for historical accuracy or award-winning writing, but it is a lot of damn fun to read about these girls and their ridiculous (at times) exploits.

For a fluffy, soap opera read, it excels. If you want something more accurate or nuanced, look elsewhere.

Full Review:

NOTE: I will do my absolute best to keep the spoilers out of this review.

Much has happened in the aftermath of the last book, but Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur, and Astrid Donal are the best of friends.
Sarah Mac
Beautiful Days picks up where Bright Young Things left off. Cordelia assumes a larger role in Charlie's bootlegging schemes by taking the reins of the Grey family speakeasy, but that doesn't sit well with her sorta-beau Max, who disapproves of booze in general. Astrid tries to adjust to life as Charlie's fiancee, but their personalities clash to the point that she ends up in a dangerous situation with their dreaded rivals, the Hale family. Letty, meanwhile, is torn between Cordelia's promises &a ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, of course. I'm an unapologetic geek for both of Anna Godbersen's series.
Cass -  Words on Paper


I'd be lying if I said I was utterly blown away by BEAUTIFUL DAYS. However, with that said, this eagerly awaited sequel really brought me back to the Jazz Era - along with the lives of Cordelia Grey, Astrid Donal and 'Letty Larkspur'. There's mystery, romance, intrigue, fun, tragedy and beautiful days and roaring nights among it all.

The girls are back! Cordelia (on cover this time) is dealing with her father's rece
"They were careless people...they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made."- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Setting:New York, New York; 1929

Coverly Love?:Yes! I love the dress she's wearing, and it has such a glamorous feel to it.

Plot:The lazy summer days are heating up in Great Neck, Long Island, and for Cordelia, Astrid, and Letty, this brings ne
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And how!

The year is 1929 and small-time Ohio girls, Letty and Cordelia, have turned into society darlings and found their place in the Big Apple. But the girls want more, not content to spend their days lounging by the pool and their nights filled with hot music and lovely men.

Letty intends to pursue her Broadway dream, and she’ll do just about anything to see her name up in lights.

Cordelia has already lost so much that she won’t turn down the opportunity of a lifetime – running her very own
Chelsea K.
Well, this series certainly isn't winning any literary genius awards, I'll just preface my review with that. The whole premise is that it's the reflection (of some yet unknown first person narrator from the prologue of the first book) on three "remarkable" "flappers" (yes, both in separate scare quotes) in the summer of 1929. At least, I think it's only over the summer, and I'm rather disappointed, since things really get good and bleak in October of that year, as we all know. Astrid Donal is a ...more
Amy Bradley
This series is entertaining as light reading, but it just felt like fluff. Gossipy, fluffy girls.

Astrid gets engaged to Charlie, and then ends up breaking up with him after he gets mad at her for not obeying his order to stay home one night. Problems between Charlie and the Hale family heat up with the destruction of a warehouse, attack on a night club, and then Astrid getting kidnapped.

Cordelia is put in charge of a new night club that Charlie is opening. She has an interest in Max Derby, the p
SJH (A Dream of Books)
This is the second book in the Bright Young Things series by Anna Godbersen which is set in the jazz age of the 1920s. This is a decade which I love! Flappers, bootleggers, fringed dresses and jazz music all feature to help set the scene for this particular period in time and Godbersen's wonderful prose and gorgeous descriptions combine to transport the reader back to 1929.

The roaring twenties are often seen as a glamorous decade with gorgeous fashions, decadence in abundance and where decision
Anna Godbersen is an incredible writer! Seriously, she has an incredible gift of making everything in her books so visceral, so real, so visual that I'm always stunned at how I feel like I'm actually in the scene. And each page just drips with historical accuracy, almost like you're reading a super interesting text book.

But the best part of Godbersen's books are the characters, for sure! I love how she can weave so many different storylines into one incredible plot that will have your heart raci
Charlotte Phillips
Think, Bugsy Malone, and you'll have the perfect setting for this kind of book, where the main people on stage are the fancy women who sing and look glamorous. Where looks are important, figures are slim and well kept, and everything is about making sure that the heirarchy is kept in order. The people who are meant to be at the top, are up the top. I really enjoyed this book, though was somewhat hesitant to enjoy it at first. I think a large part of me jsut expected it to be very somewhat old fa ...more
Sarah W.
Don't get me wrong. This was a lovely second installment. As far as sequels go, this book didn't fall as short from the first as others. Most of the reason should be credited to Ms. Godbersen vivid language, the kind that compels me to wear an shiny thing of a dress and an elaborate updo to school, or wish for a time machine back to the Twenties. She does a fabulous job using era-appropriate vocabulary, and I love her for it. She also can understand her characters in their entirety, which I alwa ...more
Beautiful Days kept my interest, but I wouldn't say it was riveting. This may be a classic case of "second book syndrome" (however you define that...)

The first book, Bright Young Things, introduced the characters and set up some tension for the next book.

Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid all end up, at least for a while, living at Dogwood, Charlie and Cordelia's father's house. We spend much of the book experiencing their attempts to connect with their various male interests. They do go to parties, an
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, own-it
3.5 stars- First off I have to say that I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first. I had a certain expectation that wasn't met. It had nothing to do with the writing, more to do with where the storyline went and where I thought It was going to go.

What this book brought to the series ...


* The girls are back. Cordelia- we get to watch her grow into a strong woman. A little naive, especially when it comes to her new love interest (which I don't like!). Astrid- where did her wild side go
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: penguin
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After the luxurious first novel of the series, things begin to heat up and become deadly serious in Beautiful Days. With family wars, speakeasy openings and relationship problems, there is never a dull moment and this novel will definitely impress, whether or not you liked the first!

I hardly want to spoil anything for you because so many intriguing things happen that will send you into a tailspin. As always, Godbersen transports us into the wonderf
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to go wrong when it comes to a good historical fiction novel, especially one by the amazing Anna Godbersen. After thoroughly enjoying her Luxe series, it was only natural that Bright Young Things would be just as wonderful. Set in the 1920s, Bright Young Things captured the wild underground world of jazz, speakeasys, bootlegging and flappers in the glitz and glamor of New York City. Beautiful Days picks up not long after the end of Bright Young Things and continues the story of Cordeli ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical, ya, pwned
In this sequel to Bright Young Things, author Anna Godbersen (author of the Luxe books) continues the adventures of BFFs Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty amid the glamour and sparkle of the Roaring Twenties.

I really enjoyed this book (I do so adore books like this). The plot continues to be more intriguing than the Luxe books (more happens), and I find the characters immensely more likeable. They do angst about boys an awful lot (as straight teenage girls are wont to do), but unlike how much of the L
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Beautiful Days is the second in the Bright Young Things series. While I enjoyed the first book I thought this instalment was much more engaging and I enjoyed it all the more for it.

This book picks up where the first one left of and continues to follow the stories of the three main girls and all the different things they go off and do. I love how the book entertains the reader by following these girls and at the same time gives them a real insight and feel of the time it is set in complete with a
Nov 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I was so disappointed in this book. I had enjoyed Bright Young Things quite a bit and had been fond of all three main characters. Unfortunately, I found myself turned off by Cordelia and her inexplicable attraction to the pompous, self-righteous hypocrite Mac Darby so much that not even the story of Letty and her attempts to start her singing career could carry me through. Not that Cordelia was any better than Max in the self-righteous hypocrite department. Too soon did she seem to forget about ...more
Tiffany (About to Read)
Anna Godbersen just has this magical way of writing that immerses you into another world. Her stories just make me so happy. Beautiful Days picks up about a month after Bright Young Things. Despite the tragedies that occurred at the end of Bright Young Things, Beautiful Days has a very whimsical feel to it. The camaraderie between Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty leaps through the pages and their care-free attitudes as they spend nights on the town reminds me of a few college nights spent with some o ...more
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a giant fan of Anna Godbersen, and also considering how much I enjoyed the first book in her Bright Young Things trilogy, I was estatic to read this installment.
It is set in the Jazz age of 1929, complete with cigarette girls, country clubs, and the glamour of NYC. I was completely drawn into the setting from page one, wishing I could be part of Letty, Cordelia, and Astrid's world. Godbersen does an amazing job of creating the world and setting and it becomes
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version of this book from Amazon's Audible. The reader, Caitlin Davies was FANTASTIC. Her voice was smooth and she livened the story. I would give Caitlin 5 stars. 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.

I have read all of Anna Godberson's books thus far. Beautiful Days was a good read, nothing over top but a solid story. No doubt about it, Anna's writing is simply
Shelby Boyer
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lost in this book for a giddy few hours. It's seriously so beautifully written, I sometimes didn't even mind what was being said. Godbersen is a genius at spinning scenes and making characters. The main three never betray themselves and, sure, sometimes that get's annoying--like how Cordelia is so single-minded she forgets her friend, or Letty is melodramatic and weepy and just making a mess of her romantic life, or how Astrid knows better but won't really fight what she feels is inevitabl ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Bright Young Things series is not nearly as entertaining as the first installment. It continues to follow the lives of Cordelia, Letty, and Astrid. The three friends often get themselves into "romantic" or "scandalous" situations that seem entirely too predictable. Beautiful Days also shares more than a couple of similarities with another series (set in the same era), Vixen. In all, Beautiful Days spends too much time on trivial or useless situations - and makes the last h ...more
Avital Gertner-Samet
I bought this book the minute I finished reading Bright Young Things and I'm sorry to report that I am disappointed. After Godbersen had artfully built Cordelia's, Letty's and Astrid's character in Bright Young Things, She had destroyed them in Beautiful Days. In this book, the three young women are portrayed as vain and empty. The relationships are also conveyed in the same shallow way. Things happen with no explanation and the plot seemed rushed or too slow. I must admit that I was also disapp ...more
First off, I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. However, that will not affect my review.

Although I haven't read the first book yet (I will buy it asap) I really, really liked this book.
I loved how Anna Godbersen told the story from three people's point of view, and that they each had their story line, like a story within a story. Although this was confusing in the beginning, I think it worked perfectly in the long run.
It was glamarous, eloquent, and had an amazing story line. It had a perfec
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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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