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Set in 1980s Chicago and on the East Coast, this electric debut 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 entertaining listen.
©2012 Ashley Prentice Norton (P)2012 Tantor
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"A novel to make you laugh, cringe, and appreciate your mother." (O, the Oprah Magazine)
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By Andrea on 01-25-13

Very explicit--not for prudish types

I enjoyed the story told through the eyes of the chocolate heiress' daughter. I am middle aged yet the quirkiness and frankness in this book didn't bother me--more like I reveled in the fact that someone actually penned these thoughts. Different type of read for me, I would say that a female audience would enjoy and identify with this book more than a male listener.

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By Dan on 11-06-16

Disturbing

It was a very sad story. Disturbing on many levels. Bad ending. Needed more closure to balance the details given in earlier parts of the book.

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