The Chocolate Money

The Chocolate Money

eBook - 2012
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Bettina Ballentyne is a chocolate heiress only by name; it is her glamorous and narcissistic mother, Babs, who lives up to the billing and plays by no one?s rules. Navigating a simultaneously treacherous and alluring landscape of wealth, sex, and decadence?first in her privileged childhood in Chicago and later at a top-tier east coast boarding school?Bettina must figure out how to reconcile her yearning for maternal affection with her mother?s take-no-prisoners-style parenting. Ashley Prentice Norton?s unflinching eye and acerbic wit capture Bettina?s coming of age with the perfect mixture of tragic and comic. Simultaneously sassy, deeply twisted, and uproariously funny, the novel?s sharp and sparkly humor will have you laughing during its darkest moments. A mesmerizing portrayal of the corrosive effects of an American fortune, The Chocolate Money is a shocking and intensely readable debut.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2012
ISBN: 9780547840581
Branch Call Number: PS3614.O7823 C47 2012x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file


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multcolib_darceem Oct 18, 2014

The 1980s wouldn't be complete without a story brimming with appalling wealth and indifference. This coming-of-age story of the only child of a self obsessed heiress, is perhaps not a story for everyone. If however, you enjoy your humor on the dark side and think Amy Sedaris is hysterical and a genius, then I think you might like this book.

Dec 09, 2013

This was a tough, fun book with a single point of view (at last!) so you didn't have to know or even care if there was anyone human underneath that highly shellacked and wholly bitchy mother, Babs. Bettina, her daughter, not called Betts, is surprisingly smart & independent & not trying that hard to win her hard-hearted mother's love but does have a teenaged crush on her mother's current married lover. So when she goes off, by herself, to a preppy boarding school & meets this guy's son, well it's as unpredictable as the whole book and as much fun. It's a compulsive read--I devoured it in about 3 days. Great debut novel--hope to hear from her again.

MsNavillus Sep 05, 2013

I guess I enjoyed this book a lot more than most reviewers. I liked the premise, and Babs is the woman you love to hate. There were some parts that were fairly predictable, but overall a satisfying read.


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