Chocolates for Breakfast: A Novel

Chocolates for Breakfast: A Novel

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by Pamela Moore
     
 

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Courtney Farrell is a disaffected, sexually precocious fifteen-year-old. She splits her time between Manhattan, where her father works in publishing, and Los Angeles, where her mother is a still-beautiful Hollywood actress. After a boarding-school crush on a female teacher ends badly, Courtney sets out to learn everything fast. Her first drink is a very dry martini

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Courtney Farrell is a disaffected, sexually precocious fifteen-year-old. She splits her time between Manhattan, where her father works in publishing, and Los Angeles, where her mother is a still-beautiful Hollywood actress. After a boarding-school crush on a female teacher ends badly, Courtney sets out to learn everything fast. Her first drink is a very dry martini, and her first kiss the beginning of a full-blown love affair with an older man.

A riveting coming-of-age story, Chocolates for Breakfast became an international sensation upon its initial publication in 1956, and it still stands out as a shocking and moving account of the way teenagers collide, often disastrously, against love and sex for the first time.

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Publishers Weekly
Though the vernacular is straight out of the 1960s, the coming-of-age themes in the reissue of this classic from Moore, who died in 1964 at the age of 26, are timeless. Courtney Farrell, the 15-year-old daughter of a Hollywood screen star and Manhattanite father, leaves boarding school to live with her mother in L.A. Beautiful and more adult than child, Courtney rubs elbows and sips martinis with the Hollywood elite. Soon she loses her virginity to Barry Cabot, an effeminate 28-year-old womanizing actor. After enjoying “the marvelous luxury of her own young body,” the inevitable heartbreak devastates Courtney, and she begins cutting to deal with her pain. Eventually, her mom’s acting career takes a nosedive, and they’re forced to move to New York, where Courtney searches for authenticity in a sea of spoiled rich kids and disaffected parents, who have money in abundance but little happiness. Shocking for its time, Moore’s debut entranced a generation of teen girls bumbling through adolescence (and even takes credit for popularizing the name Courtney for girls), and will surely continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. (July)
The Atlantic Wire
“In Moore’s resonating classic, sexually precocious 15-year-old Courtney, a bit of a female Holden Caulfield, copes with her parents’ divorce and the splitting her life between New York and California. . . . It’s poignant, edgy, and utterly readable.”
Vogue.com
“A gem of adolescent disaffection featuring a Holden Caulfield-like heroine.”
USA Today/Pop Candy
“Once I started reading it, I didn’t want to stop, and it’s certainly one of the best books I’ve read all year. . . . If your all-time favorite books include works of young-adult fiction (like Catcher), I strongly urge you to take a look.”
Jezebel
“A new (well, not new, but new to most of us) addition to the smart, edgy coming-of-age female lexicon. . . . Especially perfect for any too-cool Class of 2013 high school girl in your life, or someone who just is one at heart. . . . Totally unputdownable in the best way.”
The Rumpus
“Charming, substantive, and smart.”
Shelf Awareness
“A coming-of-age novel of the most interesting variety. . . as relevant today as it did when published nearly 60 years ago, proving as shocking and important to today’s world as it did in the 1950s.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“This long-overdue reprint of a scandalous 1950s coming-of-age novel chronicles the exploits of a 15-year-old girl living very much beyond her years.”
Village Voice
“In a lot of ways, Courtney Farrell is on par with Lena Dunham’s Hannah. She’s learning how to live in New York City, indulging in a mindfully crafted martini or two, and engaging in affairs with older men.”
Barnesandnoble.com
“Enduring edge.”
Los Angeles Review of Books
“Permeated with sadness and existential longing, Chocolates for Breakfast is about the disillusionment of wealth and the desire to find something real in a society that is constantly pretending.”
Emma Straub
“This book is a sexier more cosmopolitan Bell Jar—young girl, manic depression, New York, LA. It is amazing. Everyone who loves The Dud Avocado will go crazy for this novel.”
New York Times
“Not very long ago it would have been regarded as shocking to find girls in their teens reading the kind of books they’re now writing.”
Chicago Tribune
“[An] appallingly frank first novel by an extraordinarily precocious artist.”
Glamour
“Shocks and shocks again.”
Janet Fitch
“Found this book long ago in my parents’ library, a risqué looking paperback—and read it so many times I had to tape the pages back in. It was every naughty thing I hoped life would be like.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062246912
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Series:
P.S.
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
758,313
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Emma Straub

“This book is a sexier more cosmopolitan Bell Jar—young girl, manic depression, New York, LA. It is amazing. Everyone who loves The Dud Avocado will go crazy for this novel.”

Meet the Author

Pamela Moore was an American writer educated at Rosemary Hall and Barnard College. Her first book, Chocolates for Breakfast, was published when she was eighteen and became an international bestseller. Moore went on to write four more novels, but none of these enjoyed the success of her first. She died in 1964 at the age of twenty-six, while at work on her final, unpublished novel, Kathy on the Rocks.

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Chocolates for Breakfast 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very different view of growing up. Bracing like a stiff drink.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet little gem of a book. The slang is dated sweetie but you'll flip at how the situations stay fresh.
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Avoid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this novel due to its re-release publicity, but was disappointed. Like Brett Easton Ellis of the 50s, I tired of the "bored rich white kid" trope pretty quickly. 
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