Posted in Young Adult Lit

Vixen, by Jillian Larkin

Jillian Larkin
2010 Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780385740340
Genre – Historical Fiction
Age – High School
3.5 Stars

Gloria is seventeen, living in the 1920’s and she wants to be the cool Flapper girl. Her super conservative family and fiancé have quite the problem with that though. They expect her to be the quiet, well refined wife of a man that comes from a family of old money. Her cousin Gloria, who is trying to escape from her past, comes to Chicago to help her plan her wedding and take a break from some sketchy situations in New York City. Lorraine, Gloria’s best friend, is sick of being second best, and begins to feel spiteful. While Gloria attempts to begin her singing career, while keeping her ambitions a secret, other secrets seem to surface. Tension begins to boil between the three girls, and who knows when it will boil over the top.

I just love historical fictions from the 1920’s, especially those about women. I know they are super cheesy, and perhaps completely unrealistic, but I love the world building of the time setting. I love the glamour, and the crime, I love the tensions, the romances, and most of all the scandal. The language seems slightly magical to me, with the colorful descriptions and specific word usage. I would not qualify this as quality literature, but it is a lighthearted, fun, and fast read. To me, it is the epitome of a beach read. It is my own personal guilty pleasure!


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