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The Chocolate Money

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An innocent little girl A phenomenal fortune A mother like no other Ten-year old Bettina and her mother, Babs, are heiresses to one of America's biggest fortunes. But Bettina's whole life is overshadowed by that of her beautiful, hedonistic mother, the glamorous but domineering Babs. At fifteen, Bettina escapes to New England and an exclusive, preppy boarding school called Cardiss, where she hopes she can finally start to figure out who she really is. But while she thinks that fitting in with the other students represents her best chance of surviving the cliques and politics of Cardiss, soon she's making choices that show that Babs' maternal shadow still looms long over her. Can Bettina ever break free to forge her own identity - or is she simply doomed to being her mother's daughter forever?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 18mm | 180g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552778419
  • 9780552778411
  • 763,701

About Ashley Prentice Norton

Ashley Prentice Norton lives in New York with her husband and three children. The Chocolate Money is her first novel.show more

Review quote

"Packed with an unflinching honesty and acerbic wit, The Chocolate Money is the perfect coming-of-age novel that will have you laughing through even its darkest moments" * STYLIST *show more

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August, 1978. Chicago. Shopping at Saks, summers in the Riviera, cruising down Lake Shore Drive in a toffee-coloured stretch limo⦠For ten year old Bettina, this is whatâs normal. Sheâs grown up as the heiress to one of Americaâs biggest fortunes â and in the shadow of her dangerously hedonistic mother Babs. Babs plays by nobodyâs rules: naked Christmas cards, lavish theme parties at her Lake Shore Drive penthouse, nocturnal visits from her married lover, while his wife sleeps at their nearby home. At fifteen, Bettina escapes to a prestigious New England boarding school, desperate to become her own person and fit in to her preppy new world. But, the lessons taught to her by Babs about how to manipulate men, control your friends and host Naughty Nautical fancy dress parties suddenly donât seem to be much help. Finding her freedom is more difficult than Bettina ever could have imagined.show more

Review Text

"Packed with an unflinching honesty and acerbic wit, The Chocolate Money is the perfect coming-of-age novel that will have you laughing through even its darkest moments"show more

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2,179 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (716)
3 33% (719)
2 13% (284)
1 5% (102)
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