The Luxe by Anna Godbersen


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A delicious new twist along the Gossip Girl vein, readers will clamor for this sharp, smart drama of friends, lovers, lies and betrayal.


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.

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.


About Anna Godbersen

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Anna Godbersen is the author of the New York Times bestselling Luxe series. She was born in Berkeley, CA, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can visit her online at and
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins. 464 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Nov 01 2008

A delicious new twist along the Gossip Girl vein, readers will clamor for this sharp, smart drama of friends, lovers, lies and betrayal.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Nov 12 2008

The dialogue has its clunky moments, and the plot twist that drives the tale is telegraphed from the very start, but readers caught up in the fancy dress intrigue are unlikely to mind much.

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Reviewed by Kristin Contino on May 12 2009

Although they're what I'd classify as "light reading," the books do comment on a woman's place in society at that time.

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Teen Reads

Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood on Sep 23 2008

Godbersen's unpredictable twists and cliffhanger ending will leave readers hungry for the next installment of this exciting new series.

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Curious Book Fans

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Reviewed by eilidhcatriona on Nov 28 2010

The “bad guy” is wonderfully bad . . . In terms of the story, The Luxe is enjoyable, but I spotted the twist quite a long time before it happened, which is always disappointing.

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School Library Journal

Reviewed by SLJ on Jun 18 2008

The most compelling part of the book was how the author was able to create such juicy gossip through things that wouldn't be considered scandalous in today's world.

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Teen Ink

Reviewed by RedWritingHood on Dec 01 2008

Romance, mystery, betrayal, hurt, jealousy, humor, and historically accurate details make this a fantastic series I would recommend to any girl from about fourteen up.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by S. Vahidi on Dec 31 2008

I hope her sequel will include more character development and further back-story on the young women's lives. 

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Long and Short Reviews

Reviewed by Rose on Nov 20 2007

The Luxe is excellent. The characters are well-drawn and the problems facing them compelling and believable. The differences between the sisters lead to a climactic moment that, in retrospect, seem inevitable given their natures and outlook on life.

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Reviewed by Nikki on Mar 06 2009

Each page oozes with elegance, and like most guilty pleasures in life, is positively addictive. 

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