No one tells a story like Jackie Collins
No other author writes about Las Vegas glitz and glamour, or chronicles the lives of the rich and famous, as well as Jackie Collins. Her latest, Confessions of a Wild Child, is the prequel to the long running Lucky Santangelo series and gives us a glimpse into the teenage years of Lucky Santangelo. They may have been wild and wicked, but those teenage years are what helped make Lucky into the powerful 50-something woman she is portrayed as in the last book in the series, Goddess of Vengeance (2011).
First introduced in the 1981 book Chances, Lucky has always been my favorite character. In Confessions of a Wild Child, 15 year old Lucky decides that growing up in the lap of luxury isn't what it's cracked up to be. Despite living in a palace with servants to attend to her every whim, Lucky realizes that she and her brother, Dario, are just prisoners in a posh jail. Her father, Gino Santangelo, has plans for Lucky to "finish school, go to college, meet a nice guy, get married, an' have a bunch of kids." Lucky's plans, however, are "follow Gino around, be his right hand man, and learn everything about Vegas and the family hotel business, and someday take over the huge hotel/casino empire". After getting kicked out of yet another private school Lucky is forced to attend, she sets off on an adventure with her best friend and fellow wild child, Olympia Stanislopoulos. Apparently, money is no object as the two teenagers travel from Greece, to Paris, to the South of France - drinking, smoking, and chasing men. Life is one big party until their fathers arrive and drag them back home. In a last attempt to curtail Lucky's wild ways, Gino decides to marry her off to a senator's son in hopes she will settle down. Will she marry, or won't she? The answer might suprise you.
Perhaps not the most literary read, Confessions of a Wild Child is a fun introduction to the past, where Lucky came from, and how she got to be the powerful woman she is today. There is love, betrayal, friendship and family dynamics. In the end, Lucky truly is her father's daughter, and nothing will distract her from her ultimate goal of becoming Gino's successor. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down. I might just go back and read the series again!