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Bitter Chocolate

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,116 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Laure, beautiful and already abandoned twice in her young life. Amelie, caught in a world where she's neither servant or mistress. Melanie, the rock star's daughter who has everything money can buy, except the love she craves. Three girls in search of a missing piece of their lives; three girls who will change their worlds to find it.
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published January 10th 2008 by Orion
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Another perfectly indulgent offering from Lesley Lokko. This would suit perfectly well as a New Adult and when I classify books as New Adult it's Lesley Lokko's work I generally use as a guide.

If you need something to get invested in, something to make you think, something to make you feel every emotion under the sun and something to stay in your head, then look no further.

Bitter Chocolate reminded me a little of Sundowners. They have some similar elements such as the different lives and people
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was an accidental read - I mistook it for another book of the same title. Imagine my surprise when I opened a book I supposed to be about fair trade chocolate and instead found myself reading a novel! I read a few chapters and was unimpressed, but for some reason I pressed on. The book is 500 pages so I wasn't sure if I would actually finish it.

A few more chapters in, though, I fell in love with the main characters. The novel explores the interconnected lives of three women. Laure and Ameli
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Previous Trashionista editors Gemma and Jenni loved Lesley Lokko's first two books, Sundowners and Saffron Skies, so I was keen to read her third, Bitter Chocolate, although slightly concerned because it's over 500 pages long!

Spanning decades and continents, it's the story of three women: Ameline, Laure and Melanie. Laure and Ameline have grown up together in Haiti, while Melanie was raised in London, the financially spoiled but emotionally neglected daughter of an aging rock star.

Ameline was ta
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: give-away
Great read. Was recommended by a friend and was difficult to find but this author writes with a style I enjoy and has well developed characters. A story about 3 young women with formidable challenges in different parts of the world, primarily centred around Haiti and the UK. Topical considering the recent disaster and Haiti and quite an intimate look at the social structure/class system in parts of the country. Will look for other books by this author.
Perry Whitford
Apr 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Two rich, idle young women, abandoned by glamourous, thoughtless parents, go in search for love and self-respect across three continents in Lokko's jet-setting "blockbuster" of a novel.

Laure St Lazare is the 16 year old daughter of a runaway mother who lives with her widowed, loveless grandmother in a rambling mansion in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Despite her good family, she has dark, "bitter chocolate" skin, which is undesirable in her native land.

Melanie Miller is the 18 year old daughter of a
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, chicklit
Ambientato ad Haiti, negli Stati Uniti, in Europa e in Africa dagli anni Ottanta fino a praticamente i giorni nostri, Cioccolato amaro racconta le vicissitudini di tre ragazze: Laure, Ameline e Melanie. Laure è la rampolla di una ricca famiglia di Haiti decaduta economicamente e anche un po' in disgrazia a livello sociale. Laure è infatti il risultato della relazione della madre, Belle, con uno stalliere di colore molto scuro, una grande onta ad Haiti. Belle ora vive in America a Chicago e Laure ...more
Zaynäb Book  Minimalist
This book was amazing.

I enjoyed the stories of Ameline and Laure, it was beautiful, unique and special.

This book centers on the story of Ameline, Laure and Melanie.

Ameline is a "reste-avec" which means a "Stay-with" who grew up as a slave without a past and a family. she grew up as simply ameline, no heritage, no surname, no family. Ameline works for laure privileged family, not only as a slave but she came to be Laure's best friend and sister.

Laure St Lazare however, is the 16 year old daugh
Deanna L
It's an interesting story of three different women and how their lives develop. the interesting part about Haiti and Baby doc could have been explored better than just a lucky escape. Most Haitians couldn't escape. the story of the rock-star's daughter Melanie - quite superfluous and shallow. I think the author wants to illustrate that sometimes having everything is a curse in disguise because nothing makes you happy but still, I can't help but think it doesn't fit as nicely as the Laure/Amelie ...more
Tracy Terry
Incorporating what is essentially three stories into the one book, Bitter Chocolate just did not work for me. The tale of three young women, Laure, Ameline and, Melanie, in my personal opinion that the author would have been better sticking to the story of one, at a push, two of the characters rather than this somewhat epic tale that just did not flow.

A considerable read of 577 pages, because of the way in which it was written I'd find myself forgetting what had happened to say Ameline by the t
Aug 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own-a-copy
This book tells 3 different stories within the one novel.

I didn't finish this book because it did not capture my interest. Even after 50 pages or so it felt as if nothing at all had happened. I believe the problem is the way the book is set out. The three stories are told consecutively and you jump around from story to story with very little notice. This made it very difficult to follow the story and therefore almost impossible to enjoy the story.

I wish the author had decided to tell just one
Irene Quinn-hawtin
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Three stories of three women. It would have worked better if the Author stayed with just one story. There was enough in the book to achieve this end. Or just stay with Laure and Ameline. Melanie could have been a totally different book. The stories of these women were twists and turns at many opportunities. At times I had to really concentrate on who was who. Most of the book was meaty and strong. Yet parts were weak and trivial. However, I was still drawn to continue reading, so there was alwa ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book! Although it's a chunky read, I would have liked it to be even longer! It was predictable in a couple of places, but was beautifully written and I now want to read others by the same author.
Jenny Dawid
Wypożyczona całkiem w ciemno, a okazała się naprawdę fajną lekturą.
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olipa yllättävän hyvä ja koukuttava, vaikka paikoitellen vähän siirappinen ja hömppä olikin ;)
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The protagonist is a rich and dark Haitian teenager girl called Laure St Lazare. The second sideline tells the story of white British celebrity's teen-age daughter Melanie Miller. Somehow both of them will land in the USA. The third sideline tells the story of Laure's former twenty-something reste-avec Ameline and her survival in Haiti and England. The first part of the book is very flirtatious, syrupy and extravagant and that's why I found it for a while boring, even foolish. I thought this wou ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A convoluted door stopper of a book written by a author born in Ghana but with US/Haitian parentage. Its starts in Haiti with the two main characters as young girls. They get separated as one becomes pregnant outside of marriage (like her mother who abandoned her when young). She moves to the US. Circumstances are such that the other marries for convenience and moves to the UK. In time after rather extreme events young women number 1 ends up in the UK too and eventually in Ghana where a third ma ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un libro eccezionale.
tre le protagoniste:. Laure, Ameline e Melanie. Tre caratteri, educazioni, ceti sociali diversi.
Eppure tre donne che si trovano a doversi ricostruire una vita..
Laure e Ameline amiche da sempre ad Haiti si separano e si trovano catapultate in mondi completamente diversi. Melanie invece, la ragazzina ricca e viziata, che tocca il fondo pur di avere le attenzioni di qualcuno..
Esistenze diverse che si intrecciano casualmente per costruire una trama ben strutturata e evvincente
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Questo libro mi ha completamente spiazzato e preso contropiede per due motivi:
a) Il libro ha 630 pagine. Ero CONVINTISSIMA che le pagine fossero poco più di trecento! Infatti mi era presa la crisi depressiva, perché non vedevo la fine e credevo di essere io il problema.. :DD Poi ho indagato più a fondo, e scoperto che il libro era semplicemente lungo il doppio. Sono contenta del mio 'errore'.. Non penso lo avrei mai iniziato, sapendo quante pagine aveva! (Lo so, lo so, non è un bel modo di valut
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just could not get into this
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
A good read, but it dragged on a bit too much for me
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amazing novel! Recommend to any contemporary fans.
Shelves: contemporary, romance
**4.5 Stars**
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I cannot recommend this novel enough for any contemporary readers out there. Bitter Chocolate is a motivating read, and so well put together. The characters shine in their own light, all of them vastly different from the others. I didn't necessarily like all of the protagonists, especially Melanie, but I could see why they did what they did, and all of their personalities were unique. For better or for worse, all three main characters are developed throughout the boo
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Definitely it is my favorite book.
It's about three young women Laure, Melanie and Amelina
Three different characters that find themselves in the end.
I suggested it every young girl , they will find something
That they'll make them strong again.
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro è stata l'esperienza più contrastante della mia vita. Ho provato sentimenti ed emozioni tutti completamente diversi durante la lettura: a volte volevo smettere di leggere, in altri momenti mi imbattevo in un colpo di scena che mi costringeva ad andare avanti e in altri momenti ho provato una noia mortale. La lettura di questo libro è stata quindi un po' forzata, ma stranamente, quando ieri l'ho terminato, ho provato un senso di malinconia immediato. Mi mancavano già così tanto i per ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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I picked up Lesley Lokko from an esteemed friend's collection. She had a couple of her books and she left this one on her last visit to the Philippines. It took three years before I finally decided to pick it up and leaf through its pages.

My copy's cover had a review promising "A sexy, sophisticated page-turner" from Eve. Well, whoever wrote that review was not lying.

The novel is hopeful, a series of ups and downs that I was not quite sure how it will end until it tapered around the 500th page--
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Another sweeping epic from the same author as Saffron Skies. Unlike that book, Chocolate was only about one person from her start as a poor helpless women to her rise to the top! As they all are about.

Girl from some island in the Caribbean where they only speak French gets pregnant and her posh grandmother sends her to live with her whore of a mother in Chicago. Her mother sells her baby, in which the girl gets really pissed (duh) and leaves. Hardship after hardship ensues. It gets a little blah
Aug 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: justagreatread
I have really enjoyed Lesley Lokko's books and Bitter Chocolate didn't disappoint me. It's a fluffy read, nothing earth shattering but it's got a good story, interesting characters and good writing.

The story follows three characters.

Laure. A young girl from a rich family in Haiti who makes a mistakes that follows her and costs her much throughout her years.

Ameline is a "reste-avec" who is basically a compannion for Laure. When Laure makes the decision she does, it also effects Ameline which send
Rebekka Steg
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, chick-lit, fiction
Bitter Chocolate by Lesley Lokko was better than the average chick-lit, and definitely more thought-provoking and inspiring.
However, generally the writing style was rather simple, not in the modern way where everything is simply stated and the reader has to draw his/her own conclusions, but in an annoying "the reader might be so dumb I have to tell him/her absolutely everything - including what to think of the different characters". I felt Lesley Lokko was often talking down to me, and the story
Jaclyn Stacey
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, travel
While I didn't overly love this book I did find myself being drawn to read it. Part of me was just wanting to get it finished. It tells the story of three young women whose lives lap over at some stage with Laure, one of the three who seemed to me to be the main character. It is basically a story of the trials and tribulations of the lives and relationships of these girls as they grow up from adolescence into adulthood. The themes were pretty typical and didn't seem to be treated in any new ligh ...more
Deena Thomson
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Deena by: found it on the internet my daughters name is one of the charact
Couldn't put it down but was sadly disappointed with the ending. Made me not like my fav character Laure and I still don't get the point of Melanie's character????? She never changed and she was wasn't very likable. But I liked it enought to go out and order the author's first two books. Regardless of being disappointed with the ending I read it quickly and didn't want to put it down, even when I was on holidays with a group of friends I would disappear and go read. Sat up late with one of those ...more
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LESLEY spent seven years training as an architect but always dreamed of writing a novel. Eight novels (and counting) later, and aside from building her own home in Ghana, she hasn’t looked back. She splits her time between Johannesburg, Accra and London, (although now she’s dreaming of a flat in Edinburgh) and counts the BA lounges at Heathrow amongst her favourite places in the world.
“She would love it. Just as he loved her. He paused for a second, his fingers touching the door handle. He was in love. The realisation came to him quite suddenly.” 6 likes
“Guilt, Ameline discovered, was a terrible, unruly think, like toothache - dull nagging, persistent, never far from attention. Just when you got used to its rumbling, ruminating presence, it would lash out, stike you down, stio you dead in your tracks. The worst thing was, it was entirely unpredicatable.” 3 likes
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