Bright Young Things

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 September, 2011, 12:00am


Bright Young Things
by Ana Godbarsen
HarperCollins (e-book)

Bright Young Things is the fifth novel by Ana Godbarsen: counting the forthcoming Beautiful Days, she has now produced six 'young adult' books in under four years. So why feature Bright Young Things? For the simple reason that it's free (to download on Kindle from Amazon).

This is part of a clever e-marketing strategy that explicitly turns novels into adverts for other novels. Bright Young Things wants to get you hooked on Godbarsen's second series. Her first, The Luxe, featured a bunch of over-privileged Manhattan teens at the end of the 19th century. Bright Young Things gives this story an F. Scott Fitzgerald twist: set in 1929, another bunch of over-privileged Manhattan teens party like it's 1899.

There's man-eating Astrid, who is part Beverley Hills 90210 and part The Great Gatsby. She has her claws bared for Charlie, brother of Cordelia who has just tracked down her mega-rich, and distinctly Gatsby-esque father (Darius Gray). Godbarsen is unlikely to win a Pulitzer, but BYT is great fun, and cheap at twice the price.