Debutantes by Cora Harrison

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RATING: 3/5

BLURB: “It’s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. And Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it. Stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away. Luckily the girls each have a secret ambition:

Rose – The Novelist

Poppy – The Jazz Musician

Daisy – The Film Director

Violet – The Perfect Debutante who will catch the eye of a Prince…”

REVIEW: I do still love to read some YA fiction every now and then, especially if it’s historical, as it keeps me interested without me having to think too hard like I do with uni books! The story of the four Derrington sisters is a fun and engaging story, simple and easy to read, although many parts of it often felt a little rush. The sisters, however, are all extremely relatable and the reader grows very fond of them; particularly Daisy, the sister through whom the story is focused. The idea of each sister having a different ambition – and very different personalities – allows many different kinds of reader to find a sister that they can relate to, giving the book a high level of accessibility to a wide range of teenage girls. The idea of the high society and a debutante ball is also something that will appeal to many teenage girls, and is something I myself still find fascinating and exciting – Harrison’s descriptions of such social scenes bought them vividly to life and made them all the more enjoyable. I would recommend this if you’re looking for a very light read, particularly if you enjoy YA fiction with a bit of history thrown in 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Debutantes by Cora Harrison

    • I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, it’s a fun read 🙂 Yes I have, I love that book! They do have a few similarities actually, you’re right, so if you’re a fan of Little Women I’m sure you’ll like Debutantes 🙂

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