The Chocolate Money

The Chocolate Money

Book - 2012
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After being raised in 1980s Chicago by a promiscuous mother, Bettina Ballentyne, the daughter of a chocolate heiress struggles to walk the line between self-preservation and self-destruction at an East Coast prep school.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2012
ISBN: 9780547840048
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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