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Ingenue (Flappers #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,861 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
If you love The Great Gatsby, you'll want to read the Flappers series.
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, loves
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-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
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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
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
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
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 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
Manoja K.
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Meredith Amelotti
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Renee Hall
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.
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
April Leonard
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ms. A.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Digital And Vellum
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The Playful flapper here we see,
The fairest of the fair.
She's not what grandma used to be-
You might say, au contraire.
Her girlish ways may make a stir,
Her manners cause a scene,
But there is no more harm in her
Than in a submarine. -Dorothy Parker

My review for the first Flappers book can be found here. I'm going to be talking about some of those events, so be warned.

Vixen told the story of three teenage girls in 1920s Chicago. In the second installment, all the action moves from Chicago to N
Hylary Locsin
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Picking up right where the previous novel, Vixen, left off, eighteen-year-old Gloria Carmody finds herself struggling to make ends meet in New York City with the talented piano player, Jerome Johnson, she left Chicago to be with. After being forced to kill one of the associates of Chicago mobster, Carlito Macharelli, in self-defense, Gloria and Jerome are being extra cautious to avoid the eventual
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Flappers series is essentially Gossip Girl meets 1920s minus the “you know you love me, Gossip Girl” voice. Otherwise, it is pretty much the same – similar drama, boy drama, family problems, etc. However, I have to say, I like this series so much better than the Gossip Girl. I thought the Gossip Girl was a little too much bitch vs bitch for me whereas the Flappers series had a little more class in certain areas.

My favorite character was probably Clara, Gloria’s cousin (Gloria was another one
Ingrid Fasquelle
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dans le tome 2 de sa série Cabaret, Jillian Larkin plonge à nouveau le lecteur dans le faste des années folles. Les fans d’intrigues romantiques ne pourront pas résister à cette histoire d'amour contrariée sur fond de Prohibition et de mafia !

Intrigues amoureuses, trahisons, vengeance... Jillian Larkin reprend les thèmes qui ont fait le succès de son premier tome. Mais cette fois, les garçonnes, les vraies, sont de retour ! Alors qu'on pouvait regretter, dans le tome 1, que l'auteure n'aille pas
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love the 1920s and the Flappers so this book was right up my alley. Of course, I loved the first book, Vixen, so I wasn't too worried about this one.

Ingenue picks up where Vixen ended. Jerome and Gloria are now in New York trying to survive. Between running from the mob, trying to get gigs and trying to keep their relationship and living together a secret, that hasn't been easy. They have had to resort to stealing food just to eat and they have to use false names at gigs so the mob won'
Becky Keir Grace
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
Emma (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
Leslie (Working for the Mandroid)
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The drama and action start from the very first page of the prologue when a nameless, faceless female character gets instructions to kill the three main male players of the previous book – wealthy banker Sebastian (Gloria’s former fiancée), creepy mobster Carlito (whose man Gloria killed) and Jerome (who used to work in Carlito’s club in Chicago). In Vixen the mysterious female in the prologue ended up being one of our main characters. In Ingenu
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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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Other Books in the Series

Flappers (3 books)
  • Vixen (Flappers, #1)
  • Diva (Flappers, #3)

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