Teens’ Top Ten 2008 Book Review: The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Scandal. Lust. Secrets. Betrayal. Gossip.

If these sound like the ingredients to the newest Gossip Girl or A-List novel, think again. Anna Godbersen brings us all of these elements in her book The Luxe, a gripping novel about New York City’s elite at the turn of the century – the twentieth century.

It’s the end of summer, 1899, and Elizabeth Holland has just returned home to New York City from a season in Paris. She returns to find that her life is about to change in a big way. Her family, despite their old money and position of prestige among the upper crust NYC society, is on the verge of bankruptcy. Her best frenemy, Penelope, is plotting to take over Elizabeth’s spot as the darling of the gossip columns. Her younger sister, Diana, seems bent on disgracing the family name through reckless behavior where boys are concerned. Her secret lover, Will, has big dreams that threaten to take him away from New York forever.

How can Elizabeth be true to her family obligations, her public persona and her secret desires? With time running out before personal disaster turns into public humiliation, Elizabeth must decide whom to trust.

Godbersen’s debut novel is a page-turner, filled with all the glamour and deceit of today’s most popular teen series, but set in the luxurious past. Historical details are deliciously and deftly described, pulling readers into the drama of the fast-paced plot. While it appears, on the surface, to be just another modern-day Gossip Girl-alike plopped into a different time period, this novel truly shines. Characters are well-developed, the setting is made sumptuously real, and the plot carries readers along to an ending that begs for a sequel.

Oh, and the book has a totally hot website! Meet the characters, take a quiz, scope out the different hotspots mentioned in The Luxe and get a sneak peek at its sequel, Rumors.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Review by Katy @ Cameron Village Regional Library


10 Responses to Teens’ Top Ten 2008 Book Review: The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

  1. Katie says:

    it is a fantastic book!
    i read it just a few days ago and it kept me going through the long car ride 🙂
    Luv ya

  2. emily says:

    omg i absolutely loved this book!! it was fantastic!! i literally could not find it in myself to put this book down!! This book is so well written that you feel that you can really connect with the characters!

  3. Camryn says:

    I read this book a few weeks ago and i luvved it! i brought it to school and read it and i kept leaving it in my desk (im only in grade 6) good book. good book :):):D

  4. erin says:


  5. Jess says:

    fab, read them all 🙂

  6. heather says:

    I read it in 2 days 🙂 i would give it a 3.5/5 it was a good book with a gud plotline, but the language they used didn’t really match with time period….and it would have been better with more description

  7. Rachel says:

    i thought that i liked this series. who wouldnt love a romantic teen novel? right? but then, i started to read the books and my perspective changed. i mean, a young teen having sex with her sisters fiance? elizabeth and will living together before marriage, and not being any better than diana and henry and getting pregnant??? sure its a page turner…but why? im a 14 yr old girl who says that we shouldn’t be outting this junk in our minds. of course i dont mean to disrespect the author, anna godberson did a fabulous job with it, but the actual plot of the story is not something we should be submerging our minds in.

    • Esther says:

      I completely agree. I read this book in a day and I couldn’t put it down right after I bought it. However, this book sends completely false messages. Supposedly, Elizabeth is “Christian” but clearly her having premarital sex is anything but.

  8. Maria. says:

    I have attempted to read this book three times already. It sounds like something that I would be interested in, but each time I try to read it just don’t get that “into” it and zone out.
    Maybe 4th time lucky?? 😛

  9. Claire Olsen says:

    This book is so good I finished it in a day.I’m not kidding.

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