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Feeling Sorry for Celia
by Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Product Details
  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; edition (Mar 1, 2023)
  • ISBN: 0312269234
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 103 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 259407

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

4A coming of age story, Jan 13, 2023
I thought this book was brilliant. It had been suggested to me before, but i had never wanted to read it. When I did, I really connected with Elizabeth, because who hasn't felt like everyone's depending on them? The letters and notes in this book let you look at the story from a different angle, it was humourous, and it was touching. I get tired of reading "high school books" with either no depth, or lots of melodrama. I read this book when i was fifteen and i felt like i was reading about me.
I also think Australia has a lot of fantastic writers, and it's pretty arrogant to say that they don't when you've only read one book. (for example, read Love, Ghosts and Facial Hair)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5Though not as good as T.Y.O.S.A, but great book!!!, Nov 8, 2022
As I'm typing this I'm at the last page of Feeling Sorry For Celia. I think it's a wonderful book. This is not another teen book (ha! like that movie, Not Another Teen Movie!). The unique thing about it is made entirely of letters and notes. It's about an Australian teenager, Elizabeth Clarry, who writes letters to a girl named Christina as a school project, to recieve a great friendship! She and her mother communicate by notes on the fridge, which are shared in the story. The strangest thing is that there's also 'letters' from fake organizations, like the Association of Teenagers, The COLD HARD TRUTH society, and the Young Romance Society. Sort of like alter egos. This book is packed wih action, including problems with a very strange, wild, and often unrational friend, a wacky mother, a dad who left Elizabeth and her mom when she was small, a running marathon, and of course, boys. This is a very real story, almost perfectly matching the lives of teenagers today-though maybe a little crazier! I personally liked Jaclyn Moriarty's other book(The Year of Secret Assignments) better, but yet I don't think this book deserves less than 5 stars. This is a book you can't put down, I would've read it in one sitting if I could. This is definitely worth reading!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

4good book!, Oct 31, 2022
I recieved Feeling Sorry for Celia for my birthday from a friend of mine accompanied with The Year of Secret assignments. I have not completed The companion novel howver, i did finish Feeling Sorry for Celia and I really enjoyed it.I deprived it of one star because there were certain aspects that were included that i felt were unnessecary. Over looking those mere five pages, I really liked it and would highly recomend it.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

4Really Good Book!!!, Oct 4, 2023
I read this book after I read The Year of Secret Assignments. This book was very good; although, I enjoyed The Year of Secret Assignments more. Jaclyn Moriarty has a talent with writing should write more teenage novels!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5Bittersweet and lovely epistolary tale., Jul 29, 2023
Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Clarry is not having a good first week of school. She has just learned that her dad, a pompous airline pilot, is moving back to Sydney after years of living in Canada. That wouldn't be so terrible, except he has moved to a really posh neighborhood and wants to make up for lost time by taking her out to trendy restaurants and acting like a boor. Her mother, a high powered advertising executive, is so busy rushing from meeting to meeting that she only has time to communicate via Post-it notes left around their kitchen. Well, that and sending Elizabeth faxes, trying to wring ideas for cat food campaigns out of her. The new English teacher at Elizabeth's school, aptly named Mr. Botherit, has come up with a particularly deadly assignment; he has begun a pen-pal program between her class and a neighboring "tough" high school. And then there is Celia Buckley, as in FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA.

Elizabeth and Celia have been best friends for as long as they can remember. They have grown up together from mud pies and make believe tree houses to the world of crushes and teen angst. Elizabeth is the levelheaded, strong and independent one. She has the discipline to run everyday and cooks pretty much every meal for herself and her mother. Celia is the dreamer, the enchanting fairy-like one who is always scheming. Both girls have been nurtured by Celia's delightfully dippy hippie mum who never discourages her flighty daughter. At the start of the novel, Celia has run away, joined a circus and is training to be tightrope walker. No, really. Elizabeth is left alone, wondering if she will ever see her best friend again, if she will make the track team, if she will ever get a boyfriend and be a "real" teenager.

This thoroughly charming book isn't a novel in the strictest sense of the word. Instead, FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA is a series of letters, notes, and postcards. Many of these come from the imaginary organizations that plague Elizabeth's thoughts. These bizarre but hilariously right-on missives come from the likes of The Cold Hard Truth Society and The Association of Teenagers and are expressions of her inner worries and fears.

The letters Elizabeth receives from Christina are very different. The girl from the wrong side of the tracks school that was picked to be Elizabeth's pen-pal, Christina is spunky, no nonsense and yet utterly compassionate and giving, the ideal best friend. Although they are both wary of each other at first, especially since Elizabeth attends private school, the girls soon bond. They share stories of their crazy families, adventures with dating, and musings on their generally mixed up lives. They also send each other letters brimming with encouragement and the occasional stickers or Smarties (Australian M&Ms;). With Christina's gentle guidance, Elizabeth begins to come to terms with Celia and the changes that are occurring in their friendship. Pretty good for two people who spend almost the entirety of the book never once meeting.

Author Jaclyn Moriarty has a deft hand with characters; Christina, Elizabeth, and Celia, though all quite different, are each authentic, touching sketches of teenage girls. FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA has it all: anonymous love notes, co-ed slumber parties, a hottie track star named Saxon, liturgical dancing (whatever that may be), a James Bond inspired rescue plot. Although the denouement may seem a bit convoluted, readers who finish the book will be delighted by this bittersweet and lovely epistolary tale.

--- Reviewed by Lucy Burns


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