The Chocolate Money

The Chocolate Money

Book - 2012
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As addictive, decadent and delicious as chocolate itself

Set in 1980s Chicago and on the East Coast, this electric novel chronicles the relationship between an impossibly rich chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her sensitive and bookish young daughter, Bettina. Babs plays by no one's rules: naked Christmas cards, lavish theme parties with lewd installations at her Lake Shore Drive penthouse, nocturnal visits from her married lover, who "admires her centerfold" while his wife sleeps at their nearby home.

Bettina wants nothing more than to win her mother's affection and approval, both of which prove elusive. When she escapes to an elite New Hampshire prep school, Bettina finds that her unorthodox upbringing makes it difficult to fit in with her peers, one of whom happens to be the son of Babs's lover. As she struggles to forge an identity apart from her mother, Bettina walks a fine line between self-preservation and self-destruction.

As funny as it is scandalous, The Chocolate Money is Mommie Dearest , Prep , and 50 Shades of Gray all rolled into one compulsively readable book.
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780547840048
Branch Call Number: F NOR
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 21 cm


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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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