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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,119 ratings  ·  295 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 e
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vine
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
Aug 05, 2011 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
Jun 20, 2011 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 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
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
Shelby Boyer
Aug 14, 2011 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
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
A lot of recap. A lot of navel gazing. A lot of repeition of the sentiment that "but we're so young!we shouldn't have to [recappitty recap]!" although they would have seen plenty of kids their age die in battle and of influenza...

Fairly banal loves, and one-note males chasing after hard-to-like females. So-- a soap opera set in the 20s.

Still better than I expected from a book with a Lauren Kate plug.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This one isn’t nearly as good as the first one, but it’s still a fun read. I loved reading about Gloria and Jerome trying to make it in New York. I loved Lorraine running a speakeasy. I loved Clara and Marcus. I love the look into 1920s party culture and flapper life. It’s just a lot of fun, and a decent sequel. If you enjoyed the first one (like me), you’ll probably enjoy this one.
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
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 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
Jessica at Book Sake
Nov 01, 2011 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
Jun 27, 2011 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
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book... I love to read about the 1920s and the flapper days. I think this story is great at talking about a relationship between a black man and a white woman during this time. Though it should probably be a little more scary for them but since this is a YA book I can understand why it is toned down. There is a lot of plot from the jazz scene during this time. I have no idea what the third book will be about but I can't wait for it!

I read the second one because the first o
Aug 08, 2011 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
Meredith Amelotti
May 24, 2015 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
Jul 25, 2016 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.
April Leonard
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Absolutely ridiculous in the best possible way.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm...Again I've read this book before but I don't really remember it like this...maybe I wasn't paying attention. The Flapper story continues to the Big Apple! A lot more exciting developments happen in this book much quicker compared to the first part of the trilogy. Gloria and her 'forbidden' beau Jerome are trying to make ends meet in the big apple but they're having no luck and it's obvious that is taking a toll on their relationship. Gloria's ex-best friend Lorraine is still salty that Glo ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
For the majority of the book Larkin fell prey to the second book slump. I don't know if it was the change of scenery or just an inability to advance the characters but it felt slow and lacked real action. Additionally, while the change in perspectives aided the first book it felt cumbersome and confusing here. The end was a bit forced and that only added to my discontent with the book. It all came together a little too "nice little bow" for me. The only redemption was the afterword. Not quite a ...more
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Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: they-lost-me, 2018
Oh, heavens. I just. Wow.

I loved the story in the first book. So many turns, and I didn't see many of them coming. Maybe the writing was the same in that book, I just didn't see it. Whatever the reason, this one fell flat. It started out okay,

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Also, reall
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2018
I enjoyed this, though not as much as the first book. I enjoyed the added perspective of Vera, and of course I was happy to hear more from Gloria and Clara (no love for Lorraine here.) The drama, especially in the relationship department, did feel more immature and YA than the previous book as well. All in all a fun read delivering some pretty important messages and some fun 1920s scandal, and I'm looking forward to reading book 3. B+. ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Roaring 20s setting was less important in this book; flappers really took a backseat even though a speak-easy was one of the main locales. I missed that discussion of the times and found that my favorite part of the book was when the Cotton Club was mentioned & when the emergence of Harlem’s musical community was touched upon.

Imagine I will continue reading the series. The characters are interesting … but this is not a series that I will race to the shelves to get the next installment.
Courtney Durrant
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
3 1/2 stars
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not horrible, but not quite engaging enough for my to continue reading more of the series.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book moved the story along pretty well. It dragged in a few places - but the end left it on a good enough cliff hanger that I'll finish it out with the next one ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
These are just easy and fun. I like.
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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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Flappers (3 books)
  • Vixen (Flappers, #1)
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