Published: HarperTeen (September 20, 2011)
Series: Book 2
Source: ARC from publisher
GoodReads Summary: For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.
After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys’ lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling metropolis. But Letty’s not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams—no matter the cost.
Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved. Now she is set to honor Darius Grey’s legacy . . . and take her revenge.
Promised to Cordelia’s half brother, Astrid is caught up in a world of dazzling jewels and glittering nights—and the sparkle is blinding. Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes the second book in an epic series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.
Disclaimer: Potential spoilers for Bright Young Things.
My Thoughts: Honestly? Longest wait EVER for this book. I know it wasn't even a year, but after that crazy ending that Bright Young Things had? I could've had Beautiful Days in my hand right after finishing BYT and I still wouldn't have been able to read it soon enough. Straight up: I am ENAMORED with this world. Sure, it was almost 100 years ago, but take away my iPhone, my computer, my car. I just want to wear flapper dresses and sing in a smoky speakeasy and wake up at 4pm with a hangover just to do it again. With the high expectations I had from BYT, Beautiful Days did not disappoint.
Cordelia seriously comes into her own in this book. She's kind of a boss. I guess that's expected, being a bootlegger's daughter and all. I expected to see all sorts of Thom Hale after BYT (and I kind of missed him, despite what happened. I don't believe sweet Thom Hale had anything to do with THE TRAGEDY.) But there's a new face: Max Darby, resident flyboy. He's a total d-bag here and there, but did he grow on me? ABSOLUTELY. There was a moment or two when I felt like someone had released 400 butterflies in my stomach, like he was my first crush or something. Dude's got attitude. And OH, there are walls he's built that Cord must break. I LOVE A CHALLENGE. Do I love Max enough to take the place of Thom Hale? That remains to be seen.
Astrid? She got on my nerves. What a selfish, spoiled girl she is. Really. That's all I have to say about her. I loved her in BYT, but she has a LOT of redeeming herself to do in book 3. Which brings me to Letty, who is MY FAVORITE. Girlfriend has been dealt a difficult hand. Her BFF is constantly in the spotlight and all the girl wants is to sing in snazzy clubs. The entire time, I just wanted to buy her a drink or 7 and force her to do karaoke, just so she can get the limelight she deserves. Letty gets what she deserves in Beautiful Days and I have high hopes for her in book(s) to come.
I'm convinced Godbersen must be immortal and actually lived through the 20s. Her writing flows beautifully and is 100% authentic. I was hoping for a bit more swoony moments and romance thrown into the mix, but what Beautiful Days lacked in flat out romance, it made up with the drama llama. There is slightly less of a cliffhanger in this book, thank goodness. Still, I NEED book 3. This is a fabulous series, you guys. Please do yourself a favor and pick up the first two books as soon as humanly possible. FLAPPERS FO LIFE.