Ingenue is the follow up to last year’s Vixen (The Flappers). Ingenue picks up shortly after Vixen ended with all of the main characters in New York as they have fled Chicago for different, but related, reasons. The story is shown through each of the female characters point of view. Lorraine, or Raine, is still scheming to throw Gloria under the bus and doubting herself the entire way.
Gloria is just trying to keep it together with her true love, despite what society thinks about an interracial couple. She and her boyfriend are on the run from the mob while trying to make ends meet. Clara is trying to behave herself, but the parties and mayhem of New York won’t seem to let her get a moments rest. Vera is trying to help her brother and Clara all the while being tempted by a love of her own. The continuation of this Roaring Twenties tale is all about the jazz, the flapper lifestyle, love, and deception.
While I really enjoyed Vixen and it’s great introduction to the lifestyle of a flapper and life in that time period, this one fell short for me. I think it’s partly due to the fact that you are only seeing the seedy underworld portion and not the family life that was presented in the first book. The characters that I loved to hate in the first book were just sad in this book and I didn’t have much to root for in the way of a hero here.
I did enjoy that some of the characters that thought they had the upper hand and were doing the swindling got swindled in the end. A few new characters were introduced and helped the story move forward and those characters were outstanding. The ending is once again left open for a follow-up book as Clara ends up in a not so great position. I’m not sure that I will continue reading on though as I don’t feel anything for these characters. The entire love story that was so prevalent in the first book seemed to fall short in this one.
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- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
- Date of Publication: August 9, 2011