Friday, January 28, 2011

Roaring Twenties Hits the Teen Scene

When you open a YA book, there are certain things you might expect to find- angst, friend trouble, bullying, coming of age stories, romance etc... but you can add a new list of topics: Jazz, bath-tub gin, mobsters and flappers! Step into a time-warp when you open these books and get ready for a swinging time, just on the edge of disaster (the great depression).

Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson
Ms. Godberson is the author of the Luxe series, but this is a new set of a characters and a brand new decade.

Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur run away from their middle-of-nowhere town to the bright lights of New York city. There Letty is quickly caught up in the world of Speakeasies when she gets a job as a cigarette girl (who dreams of singing in the spotlight). Cordelia on the other hand finds herself hanging with the well-to-do, going to mobster's soirees and making scenes at country clubs with this summer's it girl, Astrid Donal.

But not everything is as light as a champagne bubble, and when the girls find themselves involved in the darker side of the city things start to go downhill fast. With betrayal and even murder in the cards, will these girls wish they had never set foot in New York City?

This is the first book in a new series and Godberson leaves the reader with lots of tasty loose ends that will be exciting to see what happens to in future books.

Vixen by Jillian Larkin
This book will soon be on our shelves, but for now we're relying on Booklist to tell us what's up:
It’s the Jazz Age, and 17-year-old Gloria Carmody wants to live it up. But that’s not easy, as she is already engaged to the stuffy Sebastian Grey. Her inner flapper wins out, though, and Gloria is soon hanging out at a boozy Chicago club, attracted to the piano player, Jerome, who just happens to be black. But she is not the only vixen. Cousin Clara has come to keep Gloria company, but no one knows the farm girl has been around the block. Then there’s best friend Lorraine, who envies all that Gloria has and is determined to get some of it for herself.
If that's not enough to get you interested, here's the trailer (which we've seen at the movies! The publishers must be serious about getting the word out on this book!)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
If you want to get a taste of life in the twenties, you might want to start with the real thing.

The author led a life that seems like something out of the previous two books. A handsome young man sees a glamorous woman across the room at the country club and soon they are in a extremely dramatic love affair, complete with wild parties, fancy flats and madness! 

Fitzgerald's characters live in the same world that he does. People reinventing themselves and manipulating their friends, all while wearing perfect makeup and the newest designs and sipping on illegal cocktails.

And don't forget that before Cordelia, Letty, Astrid or Gloria, there was Daisy.

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