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The Great -Gasp!- “B”

There are 2  months and 2 days until my self-imposed deadline of reading 50 books in a year. Unless I start reading a book every other day, it’s safe to say that I’m not going to make my deadline. However, my attempt  to expand my reading list beyond V.C Andrews series has been an amazing literary journey.  The latest stage in my journey is ” Bright Young Things,” by Anna Godbersen, a throw back to the days of bootleggers, flappers an materialism of the Roaring Twenties.

As a big fan of Great Gatsby, I had high expectations for this book. It wasn’t a book I went looking for or had even heard of before until it showed up as a Free Book Friday in B&N’s newsletter, but it is definitely a book I’m glad I found. Bright Young Things encompassed the laid back attitude of socialites, the dangers of bootlegger turf wars and the wonder and struggle of breaking out from a small town.  Even the names of the characters had an appropriate historic sound to them: Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur, and Astrid Donal. I became so enchanted with the novel that I even based my Halloween costume after the fashions of the 1920s.  Now I can proudly say I have a purple clothe in my wardrobe.

Since finishing the book, I have started doing research on the fashion and events associated with this time period from Wikipedia to documentaries and even  movies set in the 1920s. I am sad to report that Netflix does not carry the original Great Gatsby movie, but you can rent a more recent version of the film with Paul Rudd (Although, I don’t know why you would want to). That guy is in everything! But that’s for a different post…From my understanding there is a new Great Gatsby film coming out next  year starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Jack and Spider-Man, that should be an interesting combo.

Anyways, a good read overall, with three distinct characters whose personalities were so detailed and has such depth that I felt I knew these characters personally. I could believe this  story was more of a diary entry than a work of fiction.

The only problem I had with the book was in the very first chapter, the author says by the end of the decade one of these women will be married, one will be famous and the third will be dead. So I wasn’t sure if this book was going to take me through a whole decade, but as I read on I  tried to guess who was going to die and who was going to be famous. And then it ended and no one had died. Instead, there was a sample chapter from the next book in the series. What?! I’ve been had! I didn’t want to get hung up on another series, I wanted to  take a chance on 50 new books this year and read a buffet of stories.

I’m stuck in a limbo, do I buy the next book since I got the first for free, or should I carry on with my quest and read the next books in my mental queue? I think for now I’m going to read the books I’ve been looking forward to reading instead of getting stuck in a loop of series books. The last time I decided to continue reading a series, I ended up purchasing/reading four Pretty Little Liars books and spending about $50 on books in a 2 week period and I just don’t have the budget for that right now.

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