Review: Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins

Title: Confessions of a Wild Child: Lucky-The Early Years

Author: Jackie Collins

Published: Simon & Schuster Au September 2013

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Status: Read from October 12 to 14, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

It has been years since I have read anything by Jackie Collins but I have fond memories of the early books that featured Lucky Santangelo. I think I was maybe eleven when I discovered Chances and was immediately enthralled by the glitz, violence and sex, a heady combination for a young suburban girl half a world away from Las Vegas. Lucky was wild, powerful and rich and I vaguely remember thinking I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. So, when I was offered the chance to read and review Confessions of a Wild Child: Lucky-The Early Years I simply could not resist.

This book begins as Lucky, just shy of fifteen years old, is sent to an exclusive girl’s boarding school with her father, Gino, intent on making his daughter into a lady in preparation for marriage and motherhood. But boarding school gives Lucky an education neither she nor her father expected,

Confessions is written from Lucky’s first person, present tense perspective. It reads as if a teenager wrote it with simple language and breathy dramatic asides “No more little Miss Innocent.”. It didn’t really work for me, the experience is not unlike reading your own teenage diary twenty years or more after the fact, without the rosy glow of nostalgia.

If you have read Chances or Lucky there won’t be any surprises in this book, Lucky’s youthful antics have already been covered there. The plot is shallow with the focus on Lucky discovering the power she wields with her burgeoning sexuality, on her terms. There is plenty of sex, though little that is actually explicit. Lucky is all about ‘Almost’, though friends Liz and Olympia aren’t so discerning. The story ends on the eve of sixteen year old Lucky’s marriage – you’ll have to read Chances to find out what happens next.

I have no idea who the audience for this book might be, I wouldn’t hand this over to a teenager (hypocritical I know) and for fans of the Lucky series, Confessions has nothing new to offer. While it was sort of nice to be reminded of my first experience reading Jackie Collins, Confessions itself was a disappointing read.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patty
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 06:08:35

    Wow…I have never read one of her books…

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  2. lesdeemac
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 11:29:48

    No thanks, not my genre.

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  3. laurelrainsnow
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 00:39:55

    Oh…too bad! Sometimes these “prequels” work, and sometimes not. I wouldn’t like the present tense “breathy” Lucky. Guess I’ll pass on this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Sonia
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 06:57:45

    If. I read onemore book about lucky again i will puke! I used to love Jackie but come on theres only so much someone can take of a woman with intense black eyes and a wild tangle of dark hair. Jackie needs to invent new characters, let the old die away respectfully and read novels by louise bagshawe, Dorothy Koomson and the likes to pick up a few MORDERN tips. She can do so much better than this. I love Jackie Collins but im seriously baffled about how her new novels get four and the half stars. Two will be too generous.

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  5. Mrgeebee
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 09:58:58

    I am currently reading this and it is a travesty.Love ol’ Tacky Collins however this seems like a desperate effort to reach out the current teen generation. Plays like it was ghost written by someone else.I will re-read Chances as a salve afterwards.

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