Diva (Flappers #3)
Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2012)
YA / Historical
Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn't have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she's going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.
Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer's dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she's grown up a lot these past few months. She can't bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?
Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton's swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria's keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .
I have no idea what it is about Jillian Larkin’s Flapper series that makes me love it so much. I’m normally not into books that lack some sort of science fiction or fantasy element or at least a compelling mystery, but apparently the hijinks of these upper-class flappers in 1920s New York is enough to sway me from my usual stories. There’s a vivaciousness to Larkin’s writing and especially her characters that lifts what might other be just another teen soap opera to a level that is extremely entertaining without the petty annoyances common, I find, in other books focusing on the daily pursuits of teenagers.
Spoilers for Vixen and Ingénue ahead