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The Lucky Ones (Bright Young Things #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,061 Ratings  ·  280 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 g
Shelby Boyer
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

FANTASTIC ending. Conclusion had me all misty-eyed. Cheesy as hell but it's exactly what the doctor ordered.

Full review:

Much has changed since Cordelia and Letty high-tailed it out of Union for the lights and glitter of New York City. Cordelia is running her own speakeasy, managing the bootlegging business with her brother, Charlie. Astrid has married Charlie and left behind her carefree life of a single girl. Meanwhile, Letty is ready for stardom and has come under the wing of Val
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Okay, so I absolutely adored The Luxe I was very excited to read The Bright Young Things trilogy! Although I feel overall I enjoyed The Luxe more, I liked the final installment of Bright Young Things more than I did of the last book of The Luxe (which is Splendor.)

SO, in this novel, so much happens. Letty is taken in by Valentine O'Dell and Sophia Ray - which obviously means a lot
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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:(...
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

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
Tiffany (About to Read)
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jenny Clark
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-fiction
I really like Godbersen's stories. Her writing is very vivid, although I do think the way the characters speak is modernized a bit, but really thats ok. So, as promised one is famous, one married and one dead. Or is she? I say no, but... Anyways, I expected what would happen to each girl from the midway of the first book, in respect to which of the three options would befall. Cordellia and Astrid I kinda went back and forth on which would die and which marry. I did not expect all the twists and ...more
Cass -  Words on Paper
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
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Alice Hardy
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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What kind of sh!t ending was that?!?!?!?!? (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historicfic
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Oct 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
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
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
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
I read this soooo long ago because this series was next to the Luxe one and preteen me LOVED the covers of the Luxe so lol. I liked this more than Luxe, I think, but those covers still make me heart eyes
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it
It was good, then it got boring, and then it got good again. However, I should not have read the epilogue, because then it was just sad. Note to readers, stop after the last chapter; stay away from the epilogue.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This could've been so good and she ruined it! The first two books were great but anna gobersen just can't end a series
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this series, but I was a little disappointed in the ending. I was hoping for some seriously dramatic confrontations, not quiet escapes into the night!
Linda Collings
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Lovely ending! A few things weren't explained as well as they could have been though.4 stars
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
nooooo that was a sad ending I hate sad endings *sobbing*
This was when the plot fell into ridiculousness (as if the first two books weren't, though). I feel like so many of the characters and the character relations we had been building for the last two books just fell apart. I liked Astrid and Charlie, I didn't like Victor- to me, he just kind of swooped in as the love interest. Astrid and Charlie worked in their own strange way. They kind of reminded me of Daisy and Tom, even though I never liked Daisy and Tom together. My feelings towards Letty and ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable finale to a good series - it was outstanding but it was satisfying. We finally got the answer to one of Godbersen's opening lines in her first book - "one will be famous, one will be married, and one will be dead" - although it doesn't happen in a way that anyone would expect. I certainly didn't see that ending coming!

Astrid continued to be my favorite character throughout the series, I thought she was spunky and fun and had the most development from start to finish. It irk
Candace Wondrak
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is what I imagine Gossip Girl to be, right before the Great Depression. All the girls make terrible choices at one time or another, and yet I still root for them. I still want to read about them and their many, MANY suitors.

And as an ending, I'm satisfied with it. Which is hard to do, especially for a book trilogy that has no supernatural stuff and was mainly devoid a villain for the whole thing (two things I love). I did very much enjoy watching Charlie spiral into madness/darkness, even
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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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