Chocolates for Breakfast is a coming-of-age novel of the most interesting variety. Courtney faces the adult world as little more than a child, but as she fakes her way to sophistication, confronting sexuality and alcohol and high society and depression and suicide, she starts to grow into the adult she is pretending to be. Though the writing can feel forced at times, Moore ultimately captures the essence of the teenage struggle to be recognized as an adult. Perhaps this is what makes the novel feel as relevant today as it did when published nearly 60 years ago, proving as shocking and important to today's world as it did in the 1950s.
As an added bonus, don't miss the stellar forward from writer and bookseller Emma Straub. It's the best kind of foreword, too: one that makes you salivate over what's to come without giving away the story before you've read it. Gold star for foreword-ing, Emma.
Chocolates for Breakfast | Pamela Moore, intro. Emma Straub | Harper Perennial | Paperback | June 2013 | Buy from an independent near you