The Chocolate Money

By Ashley Prentice Norton

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Norton writes an amusing (and disturbing) debut novel with some wicked sentences (and an even more wicked mother: Joan Collins ain’t got nuthin’ on this woman) in this story about Bettina Ballentyne, daughter of chocolate heiress (and certifiable nutjob) Babs Ballentyne; Babs routinely exposes her daughter to a sexually promiscuous, anything-goes lifestyle that will make you cringe but forces you to keep reading. When Bettina goes off to Cardiss, an exclusive prep school in New Hampshire, her inner demons and the detritus of growing up with someone like her mother affect her (and those around her) in hilarious and, ultimately, sad ripples.

Great for: 

  • Lovers of Fifty Shades of Grey, looking for more literary substance 
  • Those who want a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of the uber-privileged in the US
  • Readers who love psychologically-unhinged mothers
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