Well, I got what I wished for…The Luxe is dramatic, trashy historical fiction. Although this was officially a young adult book, I expected it to be better. It’s like Gossip Girl/Sweet Valley High set in the turn of the century New York City. One gal is posed to be society’s sweetheart, but flakes her own death so she could run off with the stable boy. Woops, I gave away the ending.
I was into it during the beginning, but then it kind of fizzled on me. The characters really were not likeable (even bad-likeable) and had no motivations for anything. Elizabeth, the good sister, I guess was like our Elizabeth Wakefield, and her friend Penelope is like Jessica/Lila, and the boring and rich Henry is like a Patman. Oh, and Diana Holland is supposedly “free-spirited” but really comes off as childish and annoying. The only entertaining character is Issac Phillips Brock, the bitchy gay friend who is showed as a shallow gossipy type. But really, he is the only only one that shows personality.