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Chocolates for Breakfast (P.S.)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 girls 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 Courtneys 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.
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
About the Author
Pamela Moore was an American writer educated at Rosemary Hall and Barnard College. Her first book, Chocolates for Breakfast, was published when she was eighteen and became an international bestseller. Moore went on to write four more novels, but none of these enjoyed the success of her first. She died in 1964 at the age of twenty-six, while at work on her final, unpublished novel, Kathy on the Rocks.
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