The Compulsive Reader: Envy by Anna Godbersen

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Envy by Anna Godbersen

Picking up just two months where Rumors left off, Envy continues with the inexplicably engrossing story of New York City's finest society girls and their secrets and scandals. Elizabeth Holland is still mourning the death of her husband, Will Keller, and is doing the best to pick up her life. The new Mrs. Schoonmaker, formerly Penelope Hayes and formerly Elizabeth's best friend, isn't making life easy for either Holland sister. Penelope insists on carrying on the charade of Elizabeth being her best friend, and knows that Diana Holland and her husband Henry are in love, and will do anything to keep them apart. Amidst them all is Carolina Broad, who is determined to continue with her recently elevated lifestyle, no matter what. The dreary winter months are filled with secrets and scandals, love and greed, proposals and farewells...

Godbersen has crafted the perfect guilty-pleasure series for teens. Envy is even more jam-packed with all of the scintillating gossip and drama that its prequels are well known for. Godbersen keeps the book moving at a good clip by rotating the points of view among her characters, which does well in keeping the reader's attention. She also departs from a familiar setting and takes her characters to Palm Beach, Florida, a nice change in scenery that keeps the series fresh, and offers a bit of an educational look at another aspect of the lifestyle of the rich. Towards the end of the novel, readers will be gratified to see that a few characters develop a backbone and an admirable sense of honor, which certainly spices up the storyline, leave readers wondering what on earth the author has up her sleeve. Godbersen is proving herself a bold and fearless writer, and continues the tradition of leaving readers hanging in an ending that is both exciting and exceedingly frustrating, but will ensure that readers will keep coming back.

Envy will be out on Tuesday, January 27th!

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Hillary said...

I cant wait to get Envy! It should be showing up soon though. Maybe Amazon will be kind and it'll show up on Tuesday...I doubt it, but I'm very excited to read it!

Bookworm said...

OMG I can't wait to read it!

Sarah MacLean said...

I can't WAIT to read this! GAH!
I'm like HIllary...waiting for my preordered copy to arrive from Amazon! It's so great to see that you liked it!

Lana said...

I liked the change of scene, too. Especially the scene with Penelope and Diana scandalizing the lifeguard at the beach!

I've posted a link to your review here