By Jill Colvin
MANHATTAN — Growing up as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's youngest daughter had its challenges, at least according to the billionaire heiress's first novel that draws heavily from true life.
Georgina Bloomberg's debut teen publication, "The A Circuit," tells the story of Tommi (short for Thomasina), a headstrong teenage girl with a passion for showing horses who is caught in the reins of a privileged upbringing.
Her father "owns half of New York" and plays tennis with the mayor. Her older sister is an Ivy League grad who boasts of her work on the Hill in D.C.
But Tommi doesn't want to follow in her family's conventional footsteps.
"She wasn't afraid to say no to her father — even if half of Wall Street was," reads the copy, which was partially penned by co-writer Catherine Hapka.
Georgina Bloomberg, 28, acknowledged in an an interview with the New York Times that despite its fictional storyline, the book is based heavily on her own experiences growing up.
Asked whether Tommi's father's character was based on her own dad, Bloomberg reportedly "fumbled with her coffee cup, which landed on its saucer with a clatter, and erupted into nervous laughter."
"Yes, okay, a lot of people could see similarities," she told the Times, adding that she was trying to write about a young person proving herself to her family.
"I think that's something that hopefully people see as kind of a universal idea, not just something that's, 'Oh, this is about Georgina and her father.'"
In addition, both Bloomberg and her character struggled with trying to prove themselves when it appeared to the rest of the world that they had been handed everything on a silver platter.
"When I was growing up, I got a lot of, 'Oh, well, she bought the nicest horse, so of course she's going to win.' And I dealt with a lot of that," she told the Times.
It also turns out that Bloomberg also never fancied herself a writer.
"I've always thought of myself as bad and pretty much been told that I was bad," she reportedly said.
So far, reviews have been mixed.
"The book appears to be a carbon copy of the 28-year-old's life, and I'm sorry, but bitching and moaning about being the under-achieving daughter of a billionaire is not remotely interesting," wrote the cynical Death And Taxes, an indie music and culture website.
A single reviewer on Amazon.com was more generous, giving the book four stars.
"Full of horses, drama, and a dose of depth, The A Circuit is a great lazy day read," the post reads.
The book is the first in a series. The second installment, entitled "My Favorite Mistake," is set to be released in March, 2012.