By Ashley Prentice Norton

As addictive, decadent and scrumptious as chocolate itself

Set in Eighties Chicago and at the East Coast, this electrical debut chronicles the connection among an impossibly wealthy chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her delicate and bookish younger daughter, Bettina. Babs performs by means of no one’s ideas: bare Christmas playing cards, lavish topic events with lewd installations at her Lake Shore force penthouse, nocturnal visits from her married lover, who “admires her centerfold” whereas his spouse sleeps at their within sight domestic.

Bettina wishes not anything extra than to win her mother’s affection and approval, either one of which end up elusive. while she escapes to an elite New Hampshire prep college, Bettina reveals that her unorthodox upbringing makes it tricky to slot in with her friends, considered one of whom occurs to be the son of Babs’s lover. As she struggles to forge an id except her mom, Bettina walks a superb line among self-preservation and self-destruction.

As humorous because it is scandalous, The Chocolate Money is Mommie Dearest, Prep, and 50 colours of Gray all rolled into one compulsively readable book.

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I choose up the field, stroll down the corridor, and rap on Meredith’s door. “Come in,” she sings cheerily. I part count on her so as to add, Ding-dong, the witch is useless. I open the door, notwithstanding it's challenging to stability the heavy field in a single hand. I drop it at the ground. take a seat in entrance of Meredith. Holly is there too, and she or he faces me squarely and says, “Sorry concerning the information, Bettina. ” She is the 1st individual to assert this to me and that i take into consideration how great she nonetheless is. i'll have used a ally like her, yet I blew it. “I introduced this for you men, considering you'll use it. ” Meredith peeks into the field. “I wish you’re no longer utilizing this as a ploy to get us submit for motion. ” “Of direction no longer. ” “Well, this time, i'll get a superb buzz prior to vacationing Cape. ” “Cape? ” I say, shocked to listen to her point out his identify in spite of everything he has performed to her. perhaps it's not that i am major sufficient for what he and that i did to count number as unforgivable. “What approximately Lowell? ” “Lowell? Oh, we rejoiced on the dance after which he walked me domestic like a gentleman. yet that’s it. He’s no Cape. ” “So, Cape . . . ” I proceed regardless of myself. “He’s going to take me out to dinner along with his mom this night. ” “Oh” is all i will be able to say. I had inspiration he may well come by means of to determine me. consider he owes me one final see you later. “Thanks for the present, Bettina, yet i must move bathe prior to dinner,” Meredith says dismissively. i am going again to my room. completely satisfied that i've got kept the bottle of bourbon for myself. perhaps I’m no longer fearless, as Babs deems drinkers, yet I definite suppose greater after a number of slugs. As for my getting stuck, it doesn’t subject. Cardiss holds not more punishments for me. quickly, the partitions begin to sway. I choose to lie down at the mattress. i need to move and notice Cape, kiss him, have his fingers run over my physique. fake issues are the best way they have been ahead of we acquired stuck. sooner than I advised him approximately Mack. I get up, yet i locate i will be able to slightly stroll. this doesn't cease my innovations of Cape. ingesting, along with blurring your senses, brings you again in your losses. Mine now stretch out and surround me. perhaps for the reason that Babs doesn’t drink. It retains her unstuck from the prior. No morose techniques in regards to the lack of her mom and dad. now not devastated by way of Mack’s demise. content material with the chocolate funds. under the influence of alcohol, i'm unhappy to the purpose of tears that i could by no means see Cape back. there'll be different boys, i do know, yet none like Cape. I lie again on my pillow and go out. I get up round 9, nonetheless under the influence of alcohol yet with an immense headache. there's drool at the aspect of my face, and i'm desperately thirsty. I get up and stumble to the rest room. at the approach out of my room, I journey over a white envelope with my identify written on it. I realize Cape’s handwriting. He did come in spite of everything. might be he knocked at the door and in my stupor, i didn't listen him. So he left me a observe. i'm convinced will probably be candy, apologizing for buying so mad approximately our mom and dad’ affair and taking it out on me. I decide up the envelope and carry it to my chest. it really is strangely heavy. I hold it to the lavatory, made up our minds to wash my face and drink a few water to medication my dry mouth sooner than I learn it.

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