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Chocolates for Breakfast

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  872 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Not much known about author Pamela Moore, who it seems was about 18 years old when she wrote this novel. Story of 15-year-old Courtney Farrell who goes from a well-established boarding school to life as a New York City and Hollywood debutante.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 25th 2007 by Harper Collins (first published 1956)
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Non capisco – e tantomeno penso che capirò mai – il meccanismo per il quale alcuni libri finiscano nel dimenticatoio mentre altri rimangano scintillanti sotto le luci della ribalta. Gli alcuni libri di cui parlo, naturalmente, sono libri che valgono la pena di essere letti, che hanno conosciuto momenti di fama e hanno poi perduto del tutto seguito.. Non mi preoccupo infatti di quei libri che, smaniosi della meritata fama del più forte, nell’orgia assassina della catena letteraria defraudano i pe ...more
mark monday
read during my College Years.

I Remember: a girl comes of age in trashy 50s Los Angeles by way of sleazy Hollywood and its sleazier residents... a light, fast read... shallow, overly snarky, homophobic... a brightly-hued & fluffy bit of nihilism... somewhat enjoyable, often fun in a pulpy sort of way... the best-selling Less Than Zero of its generation... women can be sexist too!... apparently the author published the novel at age 18... and committed suicide at age 26. sad!
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Courtney Farrell is a 15-year-old boarding school student with divorced bicoastal parents. She has little interaction with her parents (they actually forget about her over spring break, leaving her alone at school for a couple of days), so her only advice comes from Janet, her roommate and best friend; well, her only friend. After a breakdown Courtney leaves school and moves to Hollywood with her actress mother. Proximity doesn’t provide any more parental influence, however. She is basically lef
Ellyn Oaksmith
This book is the 1950's version of Gossip Girl, with classic drunken socialites kicked out of boarding school, slouching their way towards Bethlehem and generally behaving badly. It's a booze soaked world swirling in cigarette smoke where parents are ineffectual, children are given unlimited spending money and New York seems to fall at their feet. In other words, it's great fun.

Reading this book I was continually mesmerized by the age of the author: 18. (This is a reissue - it was contemporary a

This is a reissue of a novel published in 1956. At the time it was scandalous with its teenaged characters drinking and carousing about unfettered by rules or morals or parents.

The book itself was written by 18 year old Pamela Moore who shockingly ended her life at age 26.

The characters, the plot, all reminded me of The Valley of the Dolls somehow. It is very easy to overlook that most of the characters in the book are 17 years old. I can see why it would have been such a scandalous book in the
I saw a review for this and it sounded intriguing. And then, lo and behold, it was on the free table at work so I snatched it up. It was... ok. I liked it. It was an easy enough read. But all I can think is that it was kind of Catcher in the Rye meets Bret Easton Ellis... via Judy Blume? It just kind of wandered around in the guise of a coming of age story. But she never really seems to find herself? I dunno. I can't put my finger on exactly what I thought of this. But, I do really enjoy reading ...more
The perfect book to read at 'cocktail hour'. Frothy, catty, glamorous and absolutely soaked in alcohol.
David Streever
I really loved this book; maybe one of my favorites this year, and that includes some really remarkable fiction.

I've read the entire original American version, the deleted portions, and parts of the altered later version first published in French.

The original, with the censored material, seems the best version.

That this book was shocking speaks volumes about our society. The author, at eighteen, grasped childhood, the role of parents and children, better than many older and more experienced writ
So not only did Pamela Moore write an incredible book, but she wrote an incredible, taboo, feminist book about growing up when she was only 18 years old and living in the socially conservative 1950’s. That’s a pretty powerful act if you ask me, and you can be damn sure that Chocolates for Breakfast made the banned books list in about 0.5 seconds flat. (A compliment, in case you didn’t already know).

This book is pretty dark and probably not my first recommendation for the glass-is-half-fullers o
Rayna  (Poindextrix)
I received an ARC of the Harper Perennial edition that will be released with additional material and my review reflects that. Review originally published at

Pamela Moore originally wrote Chocolates for Breakfast in 1957 (when she was only eighteen) and it was widely read and acclaimed for a number of years before going out of print and slipping from our collective consciousness. Until now. Harper Perennial is reissuing it with a number of extras (like biog
Kayla West
Chocolates for Breakfast by Pamela Moore is a book after my own heart and soul. I chose it, mainly because it stood for something so completely different than what I read, and because of the title. The title is intriguing and sucks you in (or at least it did me) to the story at hand. A story of the link between childhood and adulthood. That moment every teenager reaches where they are in limbo between both of those worlds. Not quite in one, but not quite part of the other.

Chocolates for Breakfas
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Written by an 18-year old girl who started at Barnard College at 16, Chocolates for Breakfast is a sad, frenetic, pensive, self-indulgent, and deliciously dramatic novel of the late 1950s, Hollywood, and that horrible transition from child to adult.

Set in 1956, the novel follows Courtney Farrell, who at 15 is pulled out of her posh Connecticut boarding school when the school notifies her parents of Courtney's depression. Courtney is nursing a sapphic crush on a school teacher (which may or may n
Cathy Klein
I will admit that it is the title of this book that first sparked my attention. Never judge a book by its cover, right? Well, never judge a book by it's title either. Based on the title, I thought it might be a light hearted book about a couple of socialites trying to make their way. Instead, it was a much more intense and somewhat dark tale of coming of age.

Courtney is hid away at boarding school for most of her childhood due to her folks' lack of interest in putting aside their needs in order
I want to give this book 4.5 stars, but because I loved it so much I will go with 5 stars. I'm happy to have discovered this book at the age of 19 because it's close to Moore's age when she wrote it. I finished reading it 3 days ago and I still can't get it off my mind. It really is a beautiful novel. Anyone who likes The Bell Jar or The Catcher In The Rye would enjoy this, in my opinion. The one thing that I didn't like was the lack of detail about Courtney's time at the sanitarium... There was ...more
Over all, I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I enjoyed this book very much. I think this book is one of those book that will always be relevant. Being that the subject matter will always be relevant, this book is about depression, the struggle to find yourself, sexuality and the very real struggle in life to grow up.

I was surprised when Janet ended her life and of course sadden. I was secretly rooting for Anthony and Courtney to some how work out but you can't "change a tiger's stripes" and
Sian Lile-Pastore
I really loved this, especially the first half. I loved the settings - 1950s hollywood and New York, and I enjoyed the main character Courtney Farrell too. Janet Fitch likes this book and it did feel like the type of book that may have inspired Paint it Black which is my favouritest book ever. Towards the beginning where they sit around the pool in hollywood made me think of Melrose Place too... which is always a good thing. This book had a great voice, a frothyness with a dark undercurrent and ...more
This book was very enchanting; something that I wish to re-read at some point later. This novel focuses on a young woman named Courtney, who is attempting to not figure out the throes of growing up. Along with things that make you smile, this fact also makes you want to cry.

What's so interesting about this is the fact that it was written in 1956, put out of print, and then revisited just a little while ago. The subject of sex, although, obviously known about, was quite scandalous in literature,
A coming-of-age story set in 1950s Hollywood and New York. Fifteen-year-old Courtney Farrell leaves boarding school to live with her actress mother and attend public school. However, she's pretty much left to her own devices and under the influence of her freind Janet, finds herself hanging out with twenty-something men, staying out all night and developing a taste for martinis - very dry. This novel is very of its time, and a teenage world of deb balls and cocktail dresses that has all but vani ...more
Victoria Savanh (Editorial Intern, Tin House Magazine): Pamela Moore’s Chocolates for Breakfast, a controversial 1956 bestseller, was reissued earlier this year, and I was sold on it after reading Emma Straub’s enthusiastic foreword. This novel did indeed make me swoon, and I’ve been suggesting it to anyone who loves The Bell Jar. Courtney Farrell, a fifteen year-old who has grown up too fast, leaves her elite East coast boarding school to Hollywood, to live with her struggling actress mother, t ...more
Jacqueline Masumian
This book is not great literature, but interesting given its time frame. It is the story of a 15-year-old girl who, due to the neglect of her self-absorbed movie star mother, becomes enmeshed in a world of sex, cigarettes, and alcohol in Los Angeles and later New York City. When the book came out in 1956, it was thoroughly shocking and a best seller. Unfortunately, seen in the light of current literature, the characters are paper thin, the plot plods from party to love nest to party, and the pro ...more
This is the story of Courtney Farrell, the daughter of Sondra, a fading Hollywood actress, and Robbie, a wealthy publisher. Her parents are divorced and she attends an all girls boarding school. While at the school, she develops a crush on her English teacher, Miss Rosen, and the two become friends. However, both Courtney's best friend Janet and the school faculty disapprove of the relationship - which has definite lesbian overtones - and the two have to break off their friendship. Depressed, Co ...more
Long before Gossip Girl and its gaggles of precocious alcoholic teenagers, there was Pamela Moore's Chocolates for Breakfast. First published in 1956, the novel centers on 15-year-old Courtney Farrell, just pulling out of a failed crush on a teacher at her boarding school in New York. She then moves to Los Angeles to live with her movie-actress mother, where she spends her days with her mother's adult friends who pour her vodka drinks at 11 a.m. "To Courtney," they toast, "May she always rise la ...more
I thought this was a marvelous book. The writing is phenomenal, and to think that the author published this when she was just 18. I wish I could write just as well. There are some beautifully turned phrases that I absolutely loved (can't quote them right now because I don't have the book with me) but they were too insightful, especially for a girl of 18 to be writing them. Because of this book, I plan on reading Bonjour Tristesse very soon.

A lot of online reviews say this is kind of like a pre-
Sharon Chance
This was quite a different novel for me. For one thing, it was originally published in 1956, so the viewpoint of the story is unique to that era. The characters' actions and personalities are so different than that of today - it was interesting to see the differences.

The subject matter was a little tough - a young girl, basically ignored by her self-absorbed parents, has all the symptoms of a severally depressed young person, yet no one can recognize her need for help for all their own selfish
Lindsey Marolt
A fascinating novel, dealing with identity, gender, sexuality, morality, and growing up. A child of divorce, Courtney grew up taking care of her temperamental actress mother, and not seeing much of her father. Deprived of a real childhood, she is a confused adolescent, more mature than she should be, and aspiring to a rather skewed ideal of adulthood. At the beginning of the story, Courtney is fifteen with schoolgirl crush on her boarding school teacher, Miss Rosen, and she ages to seeming matur ...more
This is one of those forays I tend to take into genres I don't typically read. I can't remember what caused me to chose this book and having read it I must write that it was a book that still pops into my thoughts even a week later. Courtney Farrell is a 15 (?) year old nascent alcoholic who smokes like my grandmother did. I found myself several times during the narrative having to remind myself that the book was written in 1956.

Courtney's parents are divorced - her father a NY publisher, her mo
Youth, sex and debauchery collide in a reprinted novel penned by an author as interesting as her wild, dead-eyed heroine.

Pamela Moore’s Chocolates for Breakfast is. . . crazed. Frenetic. Haunting. First released in 1956, Moore herself was only 18 years old when it reached publication. She would take her own life less than a decade later, already struggling to recreate the success of her explosive first novel, and it’s hard to separate Pamela from Courtney, her beautiful and morose main character
There are books that have stayed with me for years, causing a shift in my thinking, making me see things a little differently, and taking me into a world that I want to leave, but I’m somehow drawn to stay and linger for a while. This book is reminiscent of , The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann, and Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks. It’s such a great book, and deserves to be republished again!

What I love about Pamela Moore‘s writing is how easy her writing flows
Kim Fay
I probably would have given this novel 5 stars if I hadn't read it in the wake of The Dud Avocado. While many feel that Chocolates was America's answer to Bonjour Tristesse, I disagree - Avocado is (in my opinion). All were written by women not yet twenty years old, all reveal young women far more sophisticated than their years, but while Avocado has a lovely insouciance about its seriousness, Chocolates is quite grim beneath the light touch of its prose. The story of a teenage girl who shuttles ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"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 s
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1964 TIME Obituary: Fledgling novelist who hit the bestseller lists at 18 with Chocolates for Breakfast, describing a girl's first bittersweet taste of adult pleasures and problems, but had less success with a second novel, and tound her inkwell dry part way through her third, about a washed-up writer who puts a rifle to her head; by her own hand (.22-cal. rifle); in Manhattan.
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