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.
“Shocks and shocks again.”
“[An] appallingly frank first novel by an extraordinarily precocious artist.”
“Not very long ago it would have been regarded as shocking to find girls in their teens reading the kind of books they’re now writing.”
-New York Times
“Found this book in my parents’ library, a risqué looking paperback--read it over and over again. Every naughty thing I hoped life would be like.”
-Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander
“This book is a sexier more cosmopolitan Bell Jar--young girl, manic depression, New York, LA. It is amazing. Everyone who loves The Dud Avocado will go crazy for this novel.”
-Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures