Friday, October 06, 2017

Five of the best YA novels set in the 1920s

At the BN Teen Blog Elodie tagged five of the best YA novels set in the 1920s, including:
Speak Easy, Speak Love, by McKelle George

Do you like Shakespeare retellings? Do you like them even better when they’re set in the Jazz Age? I see we are of one mind. Basically, this book is Much Ado About Nothing, but on Long Island in the Roaring Twenties. Told from multiple uniquely compelling points-of-view, Speak Easy, Speak Love is the story of the whip-smart Beatrice, who’s just been kicked out of boarding school and shipped off to live on her uncle’s estate. It’s the story of her cousin, Hero, who’s struggling to run a floundering speakeasy out of a basement in Prohibition-era New York. It’s the story of Maggie, an aspiring jazz singer, and Benedict, a trust-fund kid who matches Bea wit for wit. It’s the story It’s the story of Prince, a poor boy with big plans, and his dark and dangerous half-brother, John. Mostly it’s the story of six teenagers during a summer full of love, high stakes, misadventures, lucky breaks, and more quick and hilarious banter than you’ll know what to do with.
Read about another novel on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue