The Chocolate Money by Ashley Prentice Norton

Book Review : The Chocolate Money

By Ashley Prentice Norton

  • Publication Date: 2012-09-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 229 Ratings)

Book Review

Bettina Ballentyne is a chocolate heiress only by name; it is her glamorous and narcissistic mother, Babs, who lives up to the billing and plays by no one’s rules. Navigating a simultaneously treacherous and alluring landscape of wealth, sex, and decadence—first in her privileged childhood in Chicago and later at a top-tier east coast boarding school—Bettina must figure out how to reconcile her yearning for maternal affection with her mother’s take-no-prisoners-style parenting.

Ashley Prentice Norton’s unflinching eye and acerbic wit capture Bettina’s coming of age with the perfect mixture of tragic and comic. Simultaneously sassy, deeply twisted, and uproariously funny, the novel’s sharp and sparkly humor will have you laughing during its darkest moments. A mesmerizing portrayal of the corrosive effects of an American fortune, The Chocolate Money is a shocking and intensely readable debut.

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User Reviews

  • loved it

    By alibrown19
    I read it in all in 24 hours. Not much of a plot, more of a lifestyle observation and fitting stories, but personally I find the mundane details of every day life very interesting. If you're into character development, this book is for you. If you're more about the storyline, maybe not.
  • It was just not good

    By LynneSin97
    Not even sure who the audience should be for the book but it was just wrong on so many levels I stopped after 5 chapters and deleted the book.
  • disgusted

    By Huppwife
    i rarely write reviews but this book was so bad i wanted to warn people before they spent their money....DON'T DO IT
  • Loved this book!

    By Excellent book!
    As a child from one of the candy families of Chicago it struck me as very interesting subject matter! Well written and a fun trip back to my childhood hometown!
  • Wonderful insight into rich life and boarding school

    By Lovshin
    Well written fiction by an Exeter grad about a rich family whose values are ruined by money. Author will remind you of an earlier John Irving as each character is richly drawn into life!
  • Waste of my time

    By Kjschaaf
    I feel like this book had no focus. At the end I was wondering if the author even had a point. The only enjoyment I had was the somewhat witty Snide comments out of Babs but that was it.
  • Good Read

    By Smilezzz2010
    I really enjoyed this book. It was well put together and had you wanting to read faster just to see what happen next.
  • Great Book

    By SeattleBetsy
    Enjoyed in just a few days.
  • Chocolate money

    By Armed46
    Great read