Wednesday, July 3, 2013

TLC Book Tours: Chocolates for Breakfast by Pamela Moore

Title: Chocolates for Breakfast
Author: Pamela Moore
Format: ARC
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publish Date: 1957
Source: TLC Book Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a fiction fan.
  • You don't mind dark subjects.
  • You like coming of age stories.
What's the Story?:

From "Considered America’s answer to the French sensation BONJOUR TRISTESSE (also published by Harper Perennial), CHOCOLATES FOR BREAKFAST follows Courtney Farrell, a classic disaffected, sexually precocious fifteen year old. Courtney splits her time between Manhattan, where her father works in publishing, and Los Angeles, where her mother is an aging actress. This wild coming-of-age story, scandalous in its day, is also the story of Courtney’s close and ultimately tragic friendship with her boarding school roommate Janet Parker."

My Two Cents:

"Chocolates for Breakfast" was originally released in the late-1950s. It is being re-released this summer by Harper Perennial(and with good reason).
This book both captures the time in which it was written but there are definitely some timeless qualities to this book. I think modern readers are going to find a lot to like about this book.

This book is a coming of age story and definitely on the darker side. Courtney is only a teenager but she's pretty much alone in the world. Her family seems to substitute money for love. Courtney was one of those characters that I didn't exactly like but I felt really bad for. On one hand, I think she makes some pretty bad choices but you have to wonder if things would have not been different if Courtney had a little bit more support in her life. Even when Courtney messed up or got involved with things and people she shouldn't have, I just wanted to give her a hug. She's definitely a character that you find yourself caring about.

In this book, we are thrust into the world of the super rich in New York and California. Moore makes you feel like you're in this world. You can picture what "martinis at eleven and breakfast at twelve" must have been like. Moore gives a lot of good descriptions of the places and things that Courtney experiences.

It also bears mentioning that Moore was only 18 years old when this book was published. I'm always amazed and oh so happy when you hear about people who were published so young. Moore unfortunately met a very tragic end and I wonder what else she may have written had she lived.

Overall, this is a great, dark story.

Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Tuesday, June 25th: Write Meg
Wednesday, June 26th: I Read a Book Once 
Thursday, June 27th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, July 1st: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Tuesday, July 2nd: Broken Teepee
Wednesday, July 3rd: A Bookish Affair
Thursday, July 4th: From the TBR Pile
Thurday, July 4th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, July 8th: Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, July 9th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Thursday, July 11th: Luxury Reading
Monday, July 15th: Books in the Burbs


  1. Despite its dark subject matter, I really enjoyed this one, too -- Courtney was definitely a vulnerable character who needed a hug (and so much more than that, but it would be a start!). Moore's story was fascinating to read about, too. I'm glad they included the preface from Emma Straub about its path to reprinting and the biographical information on the author. Very sad, very compelling.

  2. Thank you for your thoughtful review on this book and for joining in the tour!


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