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Poor Little Rich Girl Anovel to make you laugh, cringe, and appreciate your mother. tina Ballontyne feels like “a match that jst won't strike” compared with her mother, Babs, aGrace Kelly lookalike and chocolate ortune heiress whe flaunts her affair with a married man, throws parties with themes like “hangover: brunch cruise.” NoRTON, ‘and once posed inNew York rudeforthe °°" family Christmas card, Bettina, the adolescent narrator of ashley Prentice Norton's darkly comic novel, The Chocolate Money (Mariner) portrays her mother in sardonic terms—"Babs makos up hor ‘mind about people and doesn’t allow for upgrades"—meant to mask a deep loneliness. At 15, | Bettina enrolls in boarding school, where she goes on a self-destructive spree, drinking, having sox, and eventually doing the one thing she knows will got her mother’s attention, however briefly. Norton's prose, laced with sareastie humor, also reveals Bettina’ bitter {desolation and her need tobe noticed and loved—by Babs, or anyone atall. —A.m