Title: The Luxe
Author: Anna Godbersen
Publication Date: November 20, 2007
Synopsis: 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. Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City’s elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone–from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud–threatens Elizabeth’s and Diana’s golden future. With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city’s gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan’s most celebrated daughter disappear… In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.
This book has been on my TBR for a VERY long time. I think I bought this book when I was thirteen…so about ten years now. I read this book because I owned it, and it finally fit in to my TBR this month! I was really excited, because I’ve been meaning to read it for, well, ten years.
I’m going to be blunt here, the Luxe reads like Gossip Girl. The whole plot line is basically taking the storyline of Gossip Girl, and placing it in 1899. The only difference? There’s no entity tweeting or texting things. They all report on each other, and blackmail each other in order to save their reputations or get what they want.
That being said, I did enjoy the book. In fact, I enjoyed the whole series. The characters were people I wanted to get to know, and that I wanted to have a happy ending. Even the horrible characters, I wanted them to get what they wanted. Anna Godbersen definitely knows how to write compelling characters!
I also did enjoy the plot. It had a lot of twists and turns. There were moments that I thought could use some polishing, but I did really like the way Anna crafted her story, and the direction she took it in!
Overall, I did enjoy this book, but it didn’t leave a big mark on me. It didn’t really feel like an original concept, so it was hard for me to really enjoy it. However, her characters, and the situations she put them in, definitely saved this book for me. Will I read it again? Probably not. Will I read anything else by Anna Godbersen? Most likely!