Jackie Collins Reveals a Young Lucky Santangelo in “Confessions of a Wild Child” (Pop Culture Guy)
Before Lucky Santangelo became a force to be reckoned with as an adult, she was a rather wild child, with a hint of growing maturity in her acceptance of others. Like most teenagers, Lucky is rebellious and breaks many rules, while drawing the ire of her father, Gino, a wealthy, controlling businessman/mobster. After being shipped off to boarding school in Europe, Lucky, who goes by the name of Lucky Saint to protect her identity, becomes involved with boys and, as a result, must deal with the consequences. However, no matter what Gino does, Lucky remains defiant and strong, just like dear old Dad. Lucky’s behavior goes from bad to worse as she runs away from a second school and winds up back in Europe, with Gino none the wiser, a least for a while. Despite her behavior, Gino has plans for his daughter, but they diverge greatly from the life Lucky pictures for herself.
The focus on a young Lucky results in a toned down Jackie Collins, whose books usually never lack for explicit romantic scenes. Indeed, Confessions of a Wild Child (St. Martin’s Press) is appropriate for teenage readers and the sex is discussed in general terms or in passing. The story revolves around Lucky’s exploits while showcasing her intelligence and capabilities, including remaining once step ahead of Gino when he arranges a marriage for her to the son of a Senator. Despite her sometimes stormy relationship with Gino, Lucky is also protective of him, but has nothing positive to say about his many lovers. Even though Lucky has more than her fair share of male attention, she just cannot seem to get the much older Marco, her father’s hired hand, out of her head. Lucky also makes a couple of close friends during her early years and, of course, has the support of her brother, Dario, to rely on. However, Dario holds a secret that he shares with Lucky that will eventually cause turmoil in their ever complicated family life.
It appears that Jackie Collins is trying to expand into the lucrative young adult market with Confessions of a Wild Child. Her depiction of a young Lucky, with her desires and conflicting emotions, appears to be realistic and will likely win over teen readers. Perhaps the author was able to channel her younger self when writing this book, which breezes by at less than 300 pages. I suspect Jackie Collins will be successful in her endeavors to branch out and, perhaps, reach a younger audience, who will likely look forward to her future endeavors as well. That sounds like a smart business plan, not unlike something Lucky Santangelo would concoct. Perhaps they are one and the same.