The Flappers by Jillian Larkin
Synopsis for Vixen (from Goodreads)
Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?
Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden.
Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry.
These reviews are a mess, so I apologize in advance.
This is one of my favourite YA, guilty pleasure, get-me-out-of-a-slump books. It’s just so fun and easy to read.
I love all the characters. Gloria, Lorraine, and Clara are all great main characters and narrators, and I enjoy all of their perspectives.
I also love all the tropes in this book. They were all predictable, but I love them nonetheless. The “fake dating oops I fell in love” trope, the “stern man with a soft spot for his love” trope, forbidden romance, pining best friends. They’re good tropes, Brent.
I also love the plot and setting. Flappers? Yes please. The white, seemingly perfect girl who wants to be a singer and is falling in love with the black musician? Also yes please. Illicit speakeasies, gangsters, secrets. Yes to all of them.
Is this book groundbreaking? No. Is it predictable? Yes. But I don’t care because it’s a fun, easy read, and sometimes that’s all you need.
This review is very short because there isn’t really a ton to say. It’s a decent sequel with not really much plot, but characters that I enjoy so I don’t mind.
This one isn’t nearly as good as the first one, but it’s still a fun read. I loved reading about Gloria and Jerome trying to make it in New York. I loved Lorraine running a speakeasy. I loved Clara and Marcus. I love the look into 1920s party culture and flapper life. There are a couple of decent plot twists near the end, so that’s good.
It’s fun, and a decent sequel. If you enjoyed the first one (like me), you’ll probably enjoy this one.
So this was,,,,, bad. I had honestly forgotten that I’d read it. It was so forgettable that literally days after I finished reading it, I forgot what happened.
You could take each of the character’s first and last chapters, one chapter from the middle, and delete everything else, and still have a coherent book. While it was entertaining to read, it was just pointless.
Somehow, though, it seemed rushed, too. The book seemed so short, and even though barely anything happens throughout, the ending seemed so rushed. The pacing was just so off. There were scenes in the middle that didn’t really do anything for the plot, and then the final action happens in about 15 pages. I wish there were fewer scenes of Gloria and the rich guy (I don’t even remember his name) in the middle and at least three more chapters at the end. Also there are some things that happen at the beginning that ultimately don’t mean anything? So it could have been better paced, or edited.
I mean, the ultimate end was satisfying, I guess? All the love interests you want to be together are together and happy and safe. But we don’t even get to see that, really. You get one line about them being together and happy, and then the book ends. I wanted a little more of a wrap-up, is all.
So those are my reviews of the Flappers trilogy! Have you read these? Do you plan on it? If you do, I’d recommend not continuing the series, tbh. But I definitely recommend the first one if you’re looking for a fun YA romance about flappers.
Thanks for reading!