Sunday, August 24, 2014

Confessions of a Wild Child

It has been many a year (probably 20, yikes!) since I have read a Jackie Collins book and I'm sure the other books were better than this. However I was young and impressionable and probably thought the lives of the rich and famous were quite exciting back then. In this story, however, the high and wild life does not appeal, although because it was a quick read I read to the end. 

Collins is famous for her books about Lucky Santangelo, and this is the story of Lucky's teen years in which she is both expelled and runs away from school, indulges in boys, alcohol and drugs, and lets her father know she wishes to be a hotel and casino mogul one day, just like him. Collins writes from Lucky's point of view for most of the book and portrays her as a spoilt brat, who has little in the way of common sense or decency. This story is every parents' nightmare! Unlike popular young adult novels such as the Divergent and Hunger Games series, this book does not portray the teen characters as mature, intelligent or sensible in the least. Lucky and her friend Olympia are sleazy, easy girls, who leap from bed to bed at a whim and disrespect their parents. It is a far-fetched story though, so if read for escapism, then it is a flight of fancy. However, this book will not enrich your life in any way other than to help you feel thankful that your own children are not like this! Unless they are, in which you will probably feel miserable, guilty or proud if you are that way inclined. 

There seems to be no good purpose to this book and yet it is going to be made into a movie! Sad! Hopefully the film will focus on the moral of the story which is, if you neglect your child, they will go off the rails, so let them know you love them. That is the one positive I take from this book. Otherwise it is just silly.

My rating**

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