The Luxe

The Luxe

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In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061345661
Branch Call Number: YA F God


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Jun 10, 2014

Luxe, the first in a series of four teen novels, offers a glimpse into the opulent lives of New York City's young and wealthy near the turn of the 20th century. The tale is told from varying perspectives, including that of Elizabeth Holland, the demure outwardly perfect daughter of one of New York's most respected families; her younger sister Diana, something of an firecracker though generally content until now to dwell in Elizabeth's shadow; Penelope Hayes, a daughter of a nouveau riche family not above scheming to achieve her lofty ambitions; Henry Schoonmaker, a bachelor from another of the city's oldest and most honored families and considered a prize catch by society ladies; and finally Lina Broud, Elizabeth Holland's personal maid, who on one memorable evening witnesses a compromising event that will alter the lives of all the others.

Story aside, learning about the expected behavior of the social elite of the day was both fascinating and horrifying. The very idea that a young woman's only aspirations in life would be to appear attractive and charming enough to snag a wealthy husband is for the most part a foreign concept today. Admittedly, the ambitions of their affluent male peers, who would not themselves perform a day's work during the course of their lives, are hardly more admirable. That said, I couldn't put this book down and look forward to continuing the series.

Feb 23, 2014

The Luxe was wickedly awesome! Think Gossip Girl in the nineteenth century, I know, it doesn't get better than that. The debut novel of Anna Godbersen has every element it needs to be intriguing, and deliciously fun. It turns history into something scandalous yet elegant, it is historical fiction at its best! When I first saw this book I was hooked, not because of the name or even summary, but because of the dress. It was love at first sight! The delicate frills and ruffles cascades down, while and the gorgeous color of the dress draws attention in. I think I have found my perfect prom dress! That said, if you didn't think 1899 was full of drama then think again. "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." Oui, oui, you bet it is!
Beautiful, stunning Elizabeth was the IT girl of her time, a proper lady who had her whole life ahead of her. Too bad she was dead. The story kicked off to a dreary start in the late nineteenth century in New York where the funeral of Elizabeth Holland was being held, the same day she was supposed to be wed. Then time flashes back and the audience are taken through the events that lead to the death of Elizabeth. Elizabeth Holland is the darling of the high society set and looks out for her family, while her younger sister Diana is a hopeless romantic and couldn't care less about family reputation or what people might think of her. When Elizabeth returned from Paris in time for the first ball of the season hosted by her best friend Penelope Hayes, the drama began. While Penelope has her eyes set on young bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, his father doesn't approve of her and wants him to marry Elizabeth. So with no other choice, Henry proposes to Elizabeth and is accepted because his family has money which is exactly what Holland family now lacks. Even though Elizabeth's heart belongs to another, she has to do it to save her family's welfare from jeopardy. And that's not all, her sister Diana soon finds herself smitten with the elusive Henry. Henry of course finds himself falling in love with Diana. It's a tangled mess and it's about to get a whole lot messier as Penelope schemes to break off the engagement, and also plus a jealous maid vowing to take down Elizabeth.
I really enjoyed reading this book, but again no books are perfect, and "The Luxe" certainly has its flaws. The characters are just so superficial and frustrating at times! They are whinny about their lives even when they have everything they could ever want, a mansion with dozens of servants, and a never-ending supply of money. But even as I'm saying this, this book does have many good points. For instance I was never bored throughout the novel and the spoiled characters have prove to be all-time entertaining! "The Luxe" is exactly as the name implies, everything about this book is describing the luxurious lifestyles of the Manhattan teen billionaires. The first book in a fascinating series, you wouldn't want to miss it! And I'm still staring at the dress.

Dec 09, 2013

I didn't really enjoy this book. Not only was it switching viewpoints throughout the story, the characters all seemed really whiny and angry. All in all I wouldn't recommend it.

Jun 01, 2013

This book was fantastic, I'll admit I was a littl econfused when I first starting reading and yes I did put the book down a couple times, but then I keot reading and omg!! It was totally worth the wait for the good stuff, the book was amazing, historcally correct, suspenseful and kept you on edge with the romantic spurs and revengeful characters. This book is perfect when your loking a romantic or historical fix.

Jun 05, 2012

This book was AMAZING!!! I was so absorbed in this book that I am now on the 3rd book -Envy!!! I recomend this book for anyone who loves the 1800's/1900's and gossip....=D

snowwhite26 Jun 05, 2012

although it took place in the late 1800s, the author wrote it well that i could connect with the characters in the book

Nov 14, 2011

I loved this book it was very entertaining and kept me interested!

Nov 05, 2011

Disappointing. Dull; difficult to finish. With all of the hype surrounding this novel, I expected it to be much better. I won't be reading any more novels in this series.

Oct 18, 2011

I am not exaggerating when I rate this 5/5 stars...this book was amazing! It was filled with scandal, living with wealth, romance, family trouble...great combinations to keep the story interesting. Character development was also exceptional and I wish this series didn't end!!

Aug 13, 2011

I have to admit, it took me a while to get into, but once I got far enough, it was worth it!

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In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.


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