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Chocolates for Breakfast
by Pamela Moore


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Precocious and shocking when first published in 1956, Chocolates for Breakfast is a candid coming-of-age story of a young girl's sudden awakening to love and desire written by 18-year-old Pamela Moore.

Disaffected, sexually precocious 15-year-old Courtney Farrell splits her time between her parents' homes in New York and Los Angeles.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Precocious and shocking when first published in 1956, Chocolates for Breakfast is a candid coming-of-age story of a young girl's sudden awakening to love and desire written by 18-year-old Pamela Moore.

Disaffected, sexually precocious 15-year-old Courtney Farrell splits her time between her parents' homes in New York and Los Angeles. When a crush on a female teacher in boarding school ends badly, Courtney sets out to know everything fast--from tasting dry martinis to engaging in a passionate love affair with an older man.

Considered an American response to French sensation Bonjour Tristesse, Chocolates for Breakfast is also a tale of Courtney's close and ultimately tragic friendship with her roommate, Janet Parker, and a moving account of how teenagers approach love and sex for the first time.

This edition of Chocolates for Breakfast features 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062246912
  • ISBN-10: 0062246917
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: June 2013
  • Page Count: 252
  • Dimensions: 8.41 x 4.82 x 0.74 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.51 pounds

Series: P.S.

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Books > Fiction > General
Books > Fiction > Coming of Age

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-05-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

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)

 
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