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The Luxe (Luxe, Bk 1)
The Luxe - Luxe, Bk 1
Author: Anna Godbersen
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061345685
ISBN-10: 0061345687
Publication Date: 9/23/2008
Pages: 464
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 131 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed The Luxe (Luxe, Bk 1) on + 962 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
If you can't get enough of Gossip Girl, here's something perfect for you: Anna Godbersen's new trashy series, THE LUXE, set in turn-of-the-century New York. The world is poised on the break of a modern revolution, but within the old and powerful families of New York, tradition and appearances always come first. Love is thrown aside in favor of money and the security of social status. This is the kind of world that perfect 18-year-old Elizabeth Holland and her peers inhabit.

Elizabeth's family, once a well respected moneyed family, has fallen into debt after the death of her father. Desperate to keep up appearances, Mrs. Holland forces her into a hastily arranged marriage with the equally unwilling Henry Schoonmaker, the troublesome, ever-partying hottest bachelor in New York. However, Henry secretly carries a flame for Elizabeth's younger sister, Diana, the rebel. And even more unknown is that Elizabeth is in love with Will Keller, the Hollands' coachman. Will plans to go West, and urges Elizabeth to abandon her family and the lifestyle she has always known to join him.

Add to that the fact that Lina Broud, Elizabeth's childhood friend turned ladies' maid, is in love with Will herself and therefore hates Elizabeth. Her sentiments are shared by Penelope Hayes, Elizabeth's social-climbing pseudo-best friend, who is beyond furious that Elizabeth seems to have stolen her crush, Henry, from her. With so many people hating her, it should be no surprise that Elizabeth's life is in danger...Yikes!

While I didn't think that THE LUXE was as well written as similar, more popular series, such as Gossip Girl or The A-List, it is perfectly satisfactory as fast, light reading. THE LUXE never pretends to be more than it is--a delicious imitation of Gossip Girl--and you have to admire it for that.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book and have started on book 2 (Rumors). The prologues give away WAY too much of the story though, in my opinion so you may want to skip them.

These books are relatively clean, which is not to say there is no innuendo, just no description of the events alluded to.

Lots of girly dresses and flowery descriptions of wealth in 1899. A fun and dramatic series.
reviewed The Luxe (Luxe, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Despite the fact that this is a book intended for teens, I loved it! The writing is good, the characters have a lot of depth and the plot was very interesting! I couldn't put this down! Finished it in one day.
reviewed The Luxe (Luxe, Bk 1) on + 962 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
If you can't get enough of Gossip Girl, here's something perfect for you: Anna Godbersen's new trashy series, THE LUXE, set in turn-of-the-century New York. The world is poised on the break of a modern revolution, but within the old and powerful families of New York, tradition and appearances always come first. Love is thrown aside in favor of money and the security of social status.

While I didn't think that THE LUXE was as well written as similar, more popular series, such as Gossip Girl or The A-List, it is perfectly satisfactory as fast, light reading. THE LUXE never pretends to be more than it is--a delicious imitation of Gossip Girl--and you have to admire it for that.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is like a soap opera and if you love soap operas (especially the Young and the Restless as this book seems like that one the most) then you'll love this book. It's a case of girl loves boy, boy loves another girl, boy is forced to marry another girl who loves another boy, girl wants to break free from society and do what her heart tells her, etc. But an amazing read that keeps you wanting more (just like soap operas you keep coming back every day to keep finding out what happens). But just an amazing story line and read. I thought this book would be filled with smut but actually just like in the soaps they take their clothes off, kiss, and tahdah...that's the end of the scene and we go to someone else in another situation. Nothing that would make me think twice about giving this book to a tween to read. Now I can't wait to start reading the next book in the series!!
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reviewed The Luxe (Luxe, Bk 1) on
Wonderfully written YA historical fiction. Perfect blend of teen drama and 1899 New York glamour. Would recommend for anyone looking for a read not to deep or fluffy. Perfect fun read.
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i liked this book, but it was a little predictable, but it was still a pretty good read. but i did read it in 2 days.
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A good read for the most part-can't wait to read #2!

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Elizabeth Holland (Primary Character)
Will Keller (Primary Character)
Henry Schoonmaker (Primary Character)
Penelope Hayes (Primary Character)
Diana Holland (Major Character)
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