Monday, March 12, 2012

Review ~ The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

TITLE: The Luxe
Anna Godbersen
TYPE: young adult
PAGES: 433

REASON FOR READING: Come on the pretty, pretty dresses were just too much for me to resist

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone--from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud--threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent

Okay I will be honest it is seriously the cover that dragged me into reading this book and I have to say while not disappointed it wasn’t by far my favorite. A lot of this has to do with the fact that I watch Gossip Girl and I felt like I was reading a show set in the 1800s which wouldn’t be bad but it just wasn’t good for me. I do not know how else to describe it. I thought the plot was good the characters were well defined and drawn out. I managed to get sucked for a while then just like the show I found I didn’t care after a while but, somehow I would get sucked in again. I thought it was interesting reading about what life could’ve been like for a socialite in that time period. It is a good book I think if you enjoy young adult literature and you enjoy whose talking about who and then did you know she is screwing him? And how do I get back at her for that b/c she’s not as pretty as I am. Whew it was a lot!

That being said it wasn’t all bad it had its moments where I found myself rooting for one or the other girl.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? It was a library book
Goodreads grade: 2 out of 5
Would you recommend this book? Yeah I would if anyone asked me for a recommendation that was like the show and young adult I would suggest this one.

Reviewing Next: Survivors by Sophie Littlefield

1 comment:

  1. I got a couple of books in this series on my bookshelf but for some reason, I never pick them up. I just haven't ever been in the mood to read them. Thanks for the review though.


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