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Confessions of a Wild Child (Lucky Santangelo #9)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  1,930 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
Confessions of a Wild Child takes you on trip and navigates the teenage years of a wild child who will eventually rule an empire. Lucky Santangelo is a powerful and charismatic woman. But how did she become the woman she is today? Many people have asked, and in Confessions of a Wild Child we discover the teenage Lucky, and follow her on her trip to discover boys, love and ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 25th 2013)
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Bella Brevetti I agree with you. I don't know if she marries Craven or not. A disappointing end.
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Jan 15, 2014 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Watered down re-telling of the teenage years of Lucky Santangelo. No new details added to the story, some paragraphs were lifted straight out of 'Chances' and 'Lucky'. Perhaps more suited to a YA reader who was moving on from Sweet Valley High, and not quite ready for some of the more questionable content in Ms Collins books of the 70s.

You don't expect high quality literature when you pick up Jackie Collins, but I definitely expected more than this.

Aug 10, 2013 Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This was probably my most anticipated book of 2013, and I'm disappointed to say that it fell short of my expectations. So why the five stars? Well I am loath to give a Jackie Collins book below four stars and I definitely do not want to give a book that feature her best creation less than five stars. I did love the book however it was very much a case of 'been there, done that' after having already read all the previous Santangelo books.

I don't know why I expected more, the book has always state
Chances is, by far, my favorite Jackie Collins novel. It has everything you would want from one of her books and its epic scope and storyline really got to me. However, Confessions of a Wild Child came off as a retread of some of her greatest work and, like many of the reviews have stated already, this book felt a bit unnecessary. Many of the events in this books are explained sufficiently in Chances so their inclusion here seemed a bit of a letdown. One thing that bothered me was the modern day ...more
Nancy Jacobson
Mar 09, 2014 Nancy Jacobson rated it did not like it
Why I selected this book really surprises me! It has no literary value , no real story and it is almost terrible! I guess Jackie Collins is a best selling author because her books require no thinking!
Feb 09, 2014 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was there really any need for this book? I think we all know the answer is 'no' - well, except to get the cash registers ringing/add to basket button going. This book is ruined by the POV - it's like reading a teenager's diary - and the who the hell wants to do that? I don't even want to read my own teenage diaries. Urgh. This book is repetitive (as with the later books, STOP telling us what Lucky looks like! We only need to know once!), and cringe-worthy. In the couple of chapters where the POV ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This lackluster effort by Ms. Collins is unfitting of her immense creative talent. Much repetition without explanation of how this spoiled brat came to be the strong independent character she morphs into tastes less and is unfulfilling. 1 of 10 stars
May 26, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I read this whole book... meaning I can't believe I read a book about an incredibly rich and spoiled 14 year old who gets sent to boarding school.. gets kicked out of boarding school.. goes to another..gets kicked out.. goes off on tangents with other wild and spoiled teenagers.. this book is supposed to be a prequel I guess you would call it to the other books about Lucky Santangelo .. I think I have read some of those but it has been quite a while..and I sure am not going to go ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Jeanne rated it did not like it
Have to say I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book and was extremely disappointed. It seems that Collins felt she had to write another "Lucky Santangelo" story and decided to fill in the gaps in her teenage years - 15 to 16. Honestly, I got enough info on this period in Lucky's life in the flashbacks from previous stories that this seemed like fluff. I guess I would rather Collins took the point of view of Lucky's daughter (a new topic) rather than going back and adding filler to an a ...more
May 13, 2014 Birgit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another Lucky Santangelo novel. Seriously Jackie Collins enough already. This is a prequel of Lucky in her teenage years where we are supposed to find out what made her into the woman she became, Lucky - a true revelation. NOT! Sadly it had a rather abrupt ending so I'm guessing there will be a sequel to the prequel. By the time that comes out I suppose I will be in need of another dose of trash.

Utter and total drivel!
Barry Reynolds
Dec 18, 2013 Barry Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a great read. this book is very well written and it has great characters that capture you right from the start and draw you into the story. i can't wait to read the rest of the lucky series of books. this is a must read.
Apr 09, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book. it was great to read about the santangelos again. cant wait for the next one!
Sep 27, 2013 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like reading Watered down Jackie Collins for the YA set.
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Dec 21, 2016 Jodie "Bookish" Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Book Review

Title: Confessions of a wild child: Lucky the early years

Author: Jackie Collins

Genre: Coming of age/Romance/Older Teen

Rating: *****

Review: I have never read anything by Jackie Collins before, but after a recommendation from my mother who is ever so slightly book obsessed like me, her novel Confessions of a Wild Child: Lucky-The Early Years I simply could not resist.

This book begins as Lucky, just shy of fifteen years old, is sent to an exclusive girl’s boarding school with her father,
Jan 23, 2017 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
Everyone loves Lucky Santangelo.

She is a wild woman who fears nothing, and has her own mind.
She is a carefree spirit who does whatever she wants, and I can totally relate to this, being a former teenage rebel!

Join Lucky on her wild ride through her teenage years as she discovers how to manipulate boys, parties with her friends, finds out who her true friends are, etc.

You'll have the time of your life!
Oct 21, 2016 Tori rated it it was ok
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Nov 06, 2016 Raina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to force myself to finish reading this book. I thought it's going to get better in the end but it didn't. :/ Wouldn't recommend anyone to waste their time reading this book.
Oct 27, 2016 Anaiya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining ! Makes me want to read the rest of Collins' novels
May 18, 2014 Melissa rated it did not like it
Originally posted at Always, Lissa

Yes. It’s true. I’m a sucker for Jackie Collins’ trashy Hollywood romance novels. I’ve been reading them since I was about 13, sneaking them from my mom’s bookcase and hiding them under my mattress. I quickly got sucked into the deliciously sexy and sinister worlds of Gino “the Ram” Santangelo and his intelligent and smolderingly beautiful daughter, Lucky. So when I heard that there was a prequel coming out about Lucky’s teenage years … man, I was all about it!
Sam Still Reading
Nov 19, 2013 Sam Still Reading rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jackie Collins/Lucky Santangelo fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: won in a competition
I was recently lucky enough to win every single one of Jackie Collins’ books to date (see the mega pile here). When I mentioned this to friends and family, they all had one thing to say, “Lucky”. They weren’t talking about me, but rather Collins’ most famous heroine, Lucky Santangelo. Lucky has been the star of several of Collins’ novels, so I decided to start with Lucky’s teenage years, chronicled in her most recent book Confessions of a Wild Child. Confused? Although this is Collins’ latest no ...more
Melyssa Winchester

Title: Confessions Of A Wild Child
Author: Jackie Collins
Series or Standalone: Companion novel to the Lucky Santangelo novels
Rating: Four Stars ****


Confessions Of A Wild Child is a companion novel to the Santangelo novels featuring the matriarch of the Santangelo-Golden family in her early years. It is primarily told in her point of view with a few third person glances at secondary characters such as her father Gino, etc. In order to adequately understand this book in the slightest, I
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

It has been years since I have read anything by Jackie Collins but I have fond memories of the early books that featured Lucky Santangelo. I think I was maybe eleven when I discovered Chances and was immediately enthralled by the glitz, violence and sex, a heady combination for a young suburban girl half a world away from Las Vegas. Lucky was wild, powerful and rich and I vaguely remember thinking I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. So, when I was offered the chance to read and review C
Jan 07, 2014 Jenna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a huge disappointment. I know a lot of people who swear by Jackie Collins books and Lucky Santangelo, specifically, as THE guilty pleasure read. I'd never read her before, so I was keen to start off with this YA prequel. Unfortunately, it was a mess.

The book is very repetitive. It often repeats the same exact chunks verbatim. Also, you read physical descriptions dozens of time. I lost count of how many times I heard what Lucky looks like--just like her dad--they're dark, what
Charlotte Lynn
The teenage years of Lucky Santangelo are the years that formed her into the powerful woman she has become. This is the story of those years. The tales of a fifteen year old who is trying to find her own way and get out from under her father, Gino, control. It is the story of a determined girls journeys through private elite schools, a villa in South France, and her dreams of being in Las Vegas.

My Review:

Lucky Santangelo is one of my all time favorite characters in any book, especially in Jacki
Apr 27, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This was an interesting prequel. I'm not too sure why I read this so soon when I haven' read the first 5 books. I've only read the last 3. I'm reading this series completely out of order. I've know bits of Lucky's past just because I've read the series starting from the end, but I'm obviously still missing things. I know people have rated this badly because they feel that they already knew these events from snippets of the first 2 books. I haven't read the first two books so I didn't have that p ...more
Vani Sivasankar
Nope. Nope. Nope. Why?
Brenda Ayala
This is great as a fluff read. Nothing substantial, not really any plot. Lucky is pretty much just a spoiled brat who thinks she's independent because daddy doesn't pay attention to where she goes or what she does. She continually goes off into places she doesn't know with men she's just met, and because she knows how to kick them in the balls she's not concerned. Never mind that she gets wasted around them, or smokes weed around them, or has no means (with money or transportation) to remove her ...more
Aug 26, 2016 Deadly_toxin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read of Jackie Collins. From other reviews, I gather that she actually isn't a terrible author, and that this book is just a dud. That does not, however, come across in this book. This reads like a 15 year old's diary, and not in a good way.

There are virtually no likable characters in the story. The main character, who's POV the book is written in, comes across as nothing more than a trustfund, spoiled brat who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She runs arou
Aug 11, 2014 Ashlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Schmidty -Schmidt
'That's it?' are the words spoken aloud upon reading the ending. Synopsis: Aspiring tramp becomes aspiring hotel magnate like her father, while being sent to various exclusive private schools where she befriends vapid sluts and, inspired by her hero-worship of the whorish daughter of a Greek tycoon acts as a 'slut with training wheels' as she tags along on her friend's amorous adventures until her father arranges to marry her off to the insipid son of a senator to save her from her wanton ways. ...more
Davina Bell
As a Jackie Collins fan, I must say that this novel was not one of her best. I am a very big fan of Lucky, and I was looking forward to finding out the inner workings of Lucky as a teenager. However, the grittiness of her other novels was not there in this one. This novel only truly deserved 2 1/2 stars. Whereas I fell in love with Gino in Chances, in this one, I strongly disliked him. This novel dangled very closely to YA. Also, I felt there were times that the novel's time period was confused. ...more
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