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The Luxe – Anna Godberson

September 17, 2009


Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Harper Collins

433 pages

ISBN: 9780061345685
There is one in every group. The goody-goody, the go to girl, the one who can do no wrong. In Anna Godberson’s turn of the century Manhattan, that one is Elizabeth Holland. Beautiful, well-mannered,well-heeled, and otherwise perfect, she is the apple of The Apple’s eye and her rivals know it.

Of course, nothing is ever as it seems and when family tragedy leaves the Holland’s in desperate times, Elizabeth is forced to make a decision about her future that sets in motion a complicated network of love triangles that would make Gossip Girl proud.

With its beautifully scandalous backdrop and cotton candy cover, The Luxe gives the impression that it is indeed Gossip Girl one hundred years earlier. Sure there are parallels in the sweet blond society girl; the rough, smart, sexy boy from the wrong side of the class divide; the lower class girl who pines for the same boy; the rough, Type-A brunette who would give Blair Waldorf a serious run for her money. They are all there but with the time difference and the slightly different personalities types, there is enough divide between the two. Of course my favorites were the ones who broke their molds, be it the beat down house help abandoning a life of service for bigger dreams or the society gals and boys trying to shrug off the burdens of fortune.

The story is told from four different alternating view points which is interesting. There are no surprises because we are clued in on every thought before it can sneak up on a third party. While that sounds a bit like it would ruin the suspense, it doesn’t. There is still enough left out to keep the story and reader guessing.

All in all a fun, quick read but not as fluffy as I had originally thought it might be.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2009 12:33 pm

    I feel like like none of the fluffy books are as fluffy as I had imagined they would be. I kind of like that, as long as some continue to be pure fluff.

  2. stacybuckeye permalink
    September 18, 2009 12:21 pm

    The cover is amazing. I’m glad that story is good too!

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