Title: The Luxe
Written by: Anna Godbersen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Published by Harper Teen, 2007
Hardcover: 448 pages
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.
I admit; I was a bit of a book snob about this book, something that I strive not to be, but sometimes, I just can’t help it! As usual, I really bought it more for the cover and after trying to read it THREE times and not being able to get into it, I was ready to give up. But so many of by book buddies on Twitter were raving about the book and pushed me to read it, so I gave it one more chance. I had to push myself past page 50, but once I got there something clicked. I am so glad I did because I was SO WRONG ABOUT THIS BOOK. It’s like Edith Wharton married to Gossip Girl and its LIKE CRACK. Or CHOCOLATE which is, you know, better for you.
It is what it is. Don’t go in expecting grand literature or historical accuracy. But if you want a quick, engrossing, page-turner of a book, if predictable because oh my gosh, I totally saw the ending coming, THIS is your girl. She’ll treat you to backstabbing socialites, illicit romantic trysts in the stable, on the kitchen table and anywhere else they can find a spot, loveless engagements, and sumptuous descriptions of dresses, fabrics, foods, and décor.
And really, have you seen a more gorgeous cover??? Give it a try next time you need a mindless bit of fluff to get you by. It’s totally worth it.
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bookshelves of doom ~ Book Divas Blog ~ Devourer of Books ~ The Novel World ~ The Book Brat ~ S. Krishna’s Books ~ YA Reads ~ Tiny Reading Room ~ Book Nut ~ The YA YA YAs ~ Beth Fish Reads ~ Becky’s Book Reviews ~ Pop Culture Junkie ~ And many more…
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Note: I bought this from BookCloseouts.com. It was remaindered and therefore, quite cheap!