“Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups”
Title: The Luxe
Author: Anna Godbersen
Publication Date: October 1st, 2008
Length: 433 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
Read in: November 22nd, 2014
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.
Oh, my! That quote above really grabbed my attention and made me get the book not thinking twice. What’s with the dress on the cover though? Back then I thought it was a very beautiful cover. Boy, was I wrong in my cover judgements.
“The Luxe” is a historical fiction book that takes place in the Manhattan of 1899. The main characters are the Holland sisters. Both very different from one another at the first sight, but if you go deeper in the book you’ll get to see how much they resemble each other.
Elizabeth Holland was a very prejudiced character. She wasn’t as angelic as the public thought but either as selfish and heartless as everyone around her considered her to be. She was easily manipulative and annoying at times, but I liked her overall.
While I had this soft spot for Elizabeth despite her doing things I couldn’t understand nor agree with at times, Diana was really annoying and judgemental. She’d call herself romantic and rebellious. She’d always try to show how she was a better person than her sister, which made her unbearable for me. I kept screaming at her to stop being so against the idea of Elizabeth she had created herself and open her eyes to see the real person that stood in front of her.
Penelope and Lina were both horrible but in different ways. Penelope being a horrible selfish friend for most part of the book and Lina being a super shallow person.
All in all, this book can be enjoyable and if you forget about the drama drama drama, you might like it. I decided in 2014 that I wouldn’t be continuing with the series but then I got the second book with a discount and couldn’t help myself. Let’s see how this will go!
Have you read this book? If yes, what is your opinion on it?