- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (June 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062246917
- ISBN-13: 978-0062246912
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Timeless. . . . Will surely continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.” (Publishers Weekly)
“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.” (The Atlantic Wire)
“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.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“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.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)
“Themes of sex, love, identity and friendship withstand time. Moore may no longer be with us, but her first novel is, rightfully, back on the shelves.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Charming, substantive, and smart.” (The Rumpus)
“A gem of adolescent disaffection featuring a Holden Caulfield-like heroine.” (Vogue.com)
“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.” (USA Today/Pop Candy)
“Enduring edge.” (Barnesandnoble.com)
“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.” (Jezebel)
“Shocks and shocks again.” (Glamour)
“[An] appallingly frank first novel by an extraordinarily precocious artist.” (Chicago Tribune)
“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.” (New York Times)
“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.” (Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures)
“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.” (Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander)
“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.” (Shelf Awareness)
“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.” (Village Voice)
From the Back Cover
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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Top customer reviews
Courtney is hidden away at boarding school for most of her childhood due to her folks' lack of interest in putting aside their needs in order to parent her. As she is actually brought to live with her mother, a struggling actress living the party life, she grows up rather quickly. Her friend, Janet, quickly brings her into the fold of her "friends" and the girls live a fantasy life of sorts.
This book was written in the 50's, I believe, and it very much speaks to that time period as far as insinuations and misconceptions. It was not necessarily my favorite, but for the time it was written, it was done so quite well. Just when you think the story will maintain it's stays quo, a shock is thrown in that actually leaves you wanting more.
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The general storytelling was definitely good.Read more